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Recover a Lost Galaxy S 4 with Your Contact Number

By Bill Hughes

Here’s why putting your contact number on the screensaver of your Galaxy S 4 can help you recover your phone if lost. If you have ever found a lost phone, you are faced with a dilemma. If the screen is locked, like it should be, there is not much you can do. . . unless the owner has cleverly put her contact information on the screen. That makes it easy to contact her.

Do not use your cellular phone number as your contact number.

Here are the steps to put your contact information on your Lock Screen:

  1. From the Apps screen, tap the Settings icon.

  2. Tap the My Device tab.

  3. Tap Lock Screen.

    This brings up the options shown in this figure.


  4. Tap Lock Screen Widgets.

    This brings up the options shown.


  5. Tap Edit Personal Information.

    This brings up the options shown.

    Enter your contact number. This could be a home or work number or an e-mail address, but remember that you don’t have much space. After you enter this information, make sure that the Personal Message box on the Lock Screen Widget page is selected and you are set.


If you lose your phone, this makes it easier for whomever finds it to find you. That makes your data safer as fewer people are likely to handle your phone.

Now before you think that you’ll never lose your phone, look at some research from the firm In-Stat on this subject. They surveyed a panel of more than 2,000 cellular phone users about how often they had their phone lost or stolen. Interestingly, 99 percent of respondents believed that they were better than average at keeping track of their phone.

It shows that almost everyone thinks they are pretty good at keeping track of our phone. This same survey found that this panel loses a phone on average every four years. With about 320 million phones in use across the U.S., that means that more than 200,000 phones “sprout legs and walk away” on a daily basis.

Make it easy to get your phone back by making your contact information accessible.