Samsung today announced SmartThings Find as a free service that can help you find your Galaxy phone, tablet, smartwatch, and earbuds. SmartThings Find uses Bluetooth and the new ultra-broadband technology available on the latest devices.
Apple’s Find My service has helped our family recover lost iPhones, and Google’s Find My Device is regularly used by my wife to find her missing phone in a room in the house. SmartThings Find uses Bluetooth Low Energy and UWB to find your gear. Samsung implements AR with maps and sounds to guide you to your lost device.
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Six million users in Korea, the UK and the US have tested the service through an early access test of the service. The service is available through the latest version of the SmartThings app and only works with Galaxy devices.
Even if your device is no longer connected to a cellular network or your Galaxy phone, the SmartThings Find service can help you navigate to your lost device. You can now log in to the SmartThings app to help others find their lost devices. Once a Galaxy device has been offline for 30 minutes, it will send a BLE signal that can be received by other devices that are not even directly paired or connected to that lost device.
Don’t worry, all SmartThings Find user data is encrypted and securely protected, so your lost device will only be seen to the owner and not to the person who happened to connect at the time the lost device was tracked.
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As soon as you get close to your lost device, you can choose whether to play an acoustic sound on the lost device or to search for it using the AR-based “Find Nearby” function. The colors become more intense as you get closer to your device, allowing you to play “warm, hot, cold, cold” with your lost Galaxy device.
Galaxy smartphones and tablets with Android 8 or higher support the new SmartThings app and the search service. Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Z Fold 2 devices support UWB, so this wireless technology is used with BLE to locate those lost phones.