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How to Find My iPhone for a Friend

Did any of your friends ever call you and tell you that they have lost their iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch devices? It’s not very common; It’s not rare, too. I have faced this situation very recently.

A close friend of mine who came down from the USA was traveling across India. After having food at a restaurant in Central India he misplaced his iPhone mobile on the dining table and continued his journey. It was only after two hours or so, he realized that his iPhone is not with him. He did not recollect the name of the restaurant. As he was not familiar with the country, he called me and sought my help. I will explain to you how to find a lost iPhone for a friend?

Losing your iPhone or iPad can be really painful. You will be having the contact details of your friends and family on the iPhones. Suddenly, you realize that you have lost touch with the world. All your contacts are lost in a moment.

Some Facts about Stolen Mobiles

How to Find My iPhone for a Friend

iPhone theft is taking monstrous proportions. There seems to be a racket that specializes in selling such stolen devices like iPhones and iPads! It is a pity that stolen goods are finding their way into the second-hand market.

I do hope and pray that nobody should ever lose their iPhones or iPads, that too in a foreign country.

Some reports published in 2017 put the number of stolen mobiles across the world at 70 million mobile phones. What worries us the most is that these numbers are ever-increasing. iPhones are especially a target for pick-pocketers, as it fetches a good resale value than the Android mobiles in most of the countries.

Other than exposing you to identity thefts, iPhone or iPad theft causes severe financial losses to you. It is always wise to get your iPads, iPhones, iPods, etc., insured so as to reduce the finanacial burden if it gets lost. Installing any mobile tracking app in advance on your iPhones or iPads also needs to be done, just in case it gets lost or stolen. Apple Mobile tracking should be set up on your apple devices for tracking to work. It is quite easy to set up and track any lost or stolen iPhones or iPads.

Contents of this Article

I will share my experience in helping my friend to track his lost iPhone.

Details of how to set up a mobile tracking facility on iPhones are explained below. I have also written about how to avoid losing your costly iPhones. Also, you can find tips on how to get back the lost phone in case it’s location is tracked.

Procedure to file the police complaint in case the SIM card is lost along with the procedure to get a duplicate SIM card is given in this article.

Find My iPhone is the official Apple device tracking app. I have written in detail about the app, its features, etc, in this article. 10 free and paid tracking apps for iPhones are also covered in this article.

Knowing about the best apps along with its features in advance can make you handle any situation if the need arises.

How to Setup Mobile Tracking Facility on iPhones

I will explain the steps to set up a mobile tracking facility on iPhones, iPads, iPods, etc.

  • On iOS 13 or iPadOS, go to the “Settings”, then [your name] and then “Find My iPhone”.
  • On iOS 12 or earlier, go to the “Settings”, then [your name] and then “iCloud” and then “Find My iPhone”.
  • Enter your Apple ID, when you are asked to log in. If you are a new Apple user, create an Apple user ID and password.
  • If Find My [device] is turned off, turn it on.
  • Turn on any of the following from the two given below.
  1. Enable Offline Finding: For devices with iOS 13 or iPadOS, offline finding allows your device to be found even the device is not connected to Wi-Fi or mobile network.
  2. Enable Send the Last Location: If your apple mobile device is lost or stolen and its battery levels are dangerously low, its location details are sent automatically to Apple. You can use “Find My iPhone” to the last known location from this information.
  • For extra security, create a passcode also.

Tips on How to Avoid Losing your Costly iPhone

  • Carry a cheap spare phone while traveling. The costly phones like the iPhone or iPad should be kept inside your bag.
  • The same applies when you are visiting any pool, beach, market, supermarket, grocery shop, etc. Keep your costly phones in silent mode and place it locked inside your vehicle.
  • Carry your costly iPhones in the front pocket only. This applies to ladies also, even when they carry a handbag or backpack. This is because it is easier to pick-pocket from your handbag or backpack, than to pick-picket from your front pocket.

What happened to Your Friends Missing iPhone?

I forget to tell you about the whole incident. Let me tell you the incident in full now. My friend told me that he kept the iPhone on the dining table to pick up the wallet and pay the bill amount. After the bill amount was settled, he came out and boarded the car and continued his journey. After around two hours or a little longer, he searched his pocket for the iPhone to make an urgent call. He could not find the iPhone in his pocket. He searched on the car seats, bags, etc. It took a while to come to terms that his iPhone is lost or missing.

Then it struck that he kept the mobile on the table at the restaurant while paying the bill. “OMG!, I forget to take it back”.

The mobile is missing and what is to be done? He is new to the country and the country’s laws. He does not have any idea about the local language. Luckily, he had a spare Android mobile. He rang me from his Android mobile phone and told me that he was clueless as to what is to be done. He narrated the whole incident to me. I asked him for the restaurant name. He said he does not know. He has also dumped the bill. There was no way he could recollect the name of the restaurant. Had the restaurant name was known, I could have searched the yellow pages and got their phone numbers and check with them if it is with them or not.

I consoled my friend not to worry too much and also told him that somehow we can recover his missing iPhone. I asked him if the ‘Find My Device’ setup was done earlier for this iPhone. He answered ‘yes’ to my question. He said it was his company’s policy to have Find My Device set up on all their employee’s iPhones and iPads. I was relieved. I was sure that with its security features, nobody can use his Apple iPhone. I was of the firm belief that since the iPhone was not stolen, some good Samaritan would always return it. I asked him to wait for a few moments for me to search for and locate his missing iPhone.

I searched for “Apple Find My device” in google and got the website address for tracking the lost iPhone. Then, I visited that website. The website asked me for login credentials. I requested my friend for that. My friend has sent me the Apple login credentials as an SMS. Now, I am armed with the Apple login credentials to track the lost iPhone. The actual procedure to track a lost iPhone for my friend is given below in detail.

Let me tell you that I could locate the apple iPhone with the help of ‘Find my device’. I sent a “Lost iPhone” alarm message with an alternate contact number of mine. After a few minutes, the restaurant manager who was in possession of my friend’s lost Apple iPhone called me on the alternate phone number given on the lost device. He said that the supplier who served food to my friend has noticed the iPhone lying on the table, a few minutes after my friend left the restaurant. The supplier then handed it over to the restaurant manager.

We could recover the lost iPhone in 5 hours or so after it was lost. My friend had to travel back to the restaurant to personally collect the lost iPhone. He checked his email and then activated his Apple iPhone. My friend was relived.

Tips to be followed if you are able to Locate your Lost iPhone

Never confront a thief. You don’t know whether they are armed or not. Follow these instructions if you could locate your lost or stolen iPhone or iPad.

  • Do not go to the location where the device is currently kept unless its a public place and is safe to go there. Even then, it is not advisable to go to the location, if the area is new to you. Ask a local trusted guy to accompany you.
  • Seek the help of the local police.
  • If the police request you to accompany them, please go with them.
  • Otherwise, let the police go and recover the iPhone for you.

What should be done if the iPhone is lost permanently in a Foreign Country?

It is quite easy to get a duplicate SIM card in your home country. It is not that easy to get a duplicate SIM card when you lose your mobile phone in a foreign country. If you lose your iPhone or Ipad in another country, you are into a lot of wastage of time and money.

I will list out what best can be done to tide over the situations when you have lost or misplaced your iPhone or Ipad.

  • You have to file a police complaint and a copy of the complaint.
  • You may have to seek the services of the local people to be able to communicate in the local language.
  • Then select any one of the following three options to get another SIM.
  • 1. Check the time period to get a duplicate SIM from your home country and the time taken for the courier service guy to deliver it to your current address.
  • 2. Get a new SIM from a foreign country.
  • 3. Ask the hotel staff or any friend or relative locally, if they can arrange to get a SIM card for you.
  • Buy a new iPhone or iPad.
  • Insert the new SIM card and do not forget to set up “Find My device” on the new Apple iPhone, too.

Procedure to File a Police Complaint

  • Submit a written complaint with the IMEI number of the lost or stolen iPhone or Ipad device. Also, provide the serial number of the lost or stolen device if available.
  • Report the actual (or approximate) date and time the device was lost.
  • Also, state the location where your iPad or iPhone was lost or stolen.
  • If you could track the lost or stolen device and get its new location (and location history), hand over those details also to the police. This will help the police in their investigations.
  • Get a copy of the police complaint.

Procedure to get a Duplicate SIM Card

  • Please submit your identity proof details.
  • Also submit a photograph, if required.
  • Pay the necessary fees, if any.
  • Collect your new duplicate SIM Card.
  • Follow the instructions and activate your new SIM card.

How to Track Lost iPhone for a Friend?

Find My iPhone – Official Apple iPhone Tracking App

Go to the website https://www.icloud.com/find. Log in with the Apple ID and password. Using the “Find My iPhone” menu option, you can locate the lost device, play a sound on it, ‘mark it as lost’ and erase the data on the lost device. You may alternatively, use “Find My iPhone” or ‘Find My device’ app from another Apple device. This app requires iOS 8.0 or later.

Note: ‘Find My device’ apps and website tracking using Apple’s cloud websites are available for all Apple devices like iPhone, Ipad, iPod, Mac, etc.

  • Click on “Find iPhone”.
  • Select your device and then view its current location on a map.
  • Play an alarm sound, if you wish. If the device is misplaced inside the same premises, this option to play a sound is useful to help locate it.
  • Scroll down and click on “Mark As Lost”. Select “Activate”.
  • Then select “Continue”. Enter an alternate number to be displayed on the missing device.
  • Select “Next”. You can display a custom message with the alternate phone number on the missing device’s Locked screen.
  • Click “Activate”.
  • You can also keep track of your device’s location.
  • If you have Apple Pay set up on the device, it is disabled. Payments through any linked credit, debit or prepaid cards are suspended.
  • A confirmation email will be sent to the email address associated with your Apple ID. Whenever you get the lost iPhone back, you need to unlock it with your passcode.

Remotely Erase the Data on the Lost Device

To prevent problems like identity theft or others misusing your personal photos, you can erase the data on your iPhone remotely. When you erase your device, all information (including credit cards, debit cards, or prepaid cards for Apple Pay) is deleted from the device, and you won’t be able to track your iPhone anymore using Find My device.

Steps involved in erasing data from your iPhone or Ipad are given below.

  1. Open the ‘Find My app’ and then go to the ‘Devices’ tab.
  2. Select the device you want to remotely erase.
  3. Scroll down and choose “Erase This Device”.
  4. Confirm the action. Please bear in mind that this action is irrecoverable.
  5. If you remove the device from your Apple account after this, Activation Lock will be turned off. This allows another user to use your iPhone. This feature may be useful if you are selling your device to somebody else. This helps them to set their own passcodes.

Help Your Friend to Track Lost or Stolen iPhone or iPad or iPod

If ‘Find My [device]’ was previously turned ‘On’ on your friend’s lost iPhone or iPad, you can help your friend by following the instructions below.:

  1. Open the ‘Find My app’.
  2. Select the ‘Me’ tab.
  3. Select ‘Help a Friend’.
  4. Ask your friend to ‘sign in’ to the iCloud website with his Apple ID of the lost or stolen device. Alternatively, ask him to hand over the Apple ID credentials to you, so that you can log in from the mobile phone computer.
  5. Now you can locate the current location of the device, lock the device and erase the data on the lost or stolen iPhone.

If ‘Find My device’ was not Turned On

If ‘Find My device’ was not turned on previously before your iPhone or iPad was lost or stolen, you can not locate your lost device. Still, you can use the following steps to protect the data on your lost or stolen device and to avoid identity theft problems. This may also help you avoid third-party financial frauds using your lost Apple device.

  1. Change your Apple ID and password. This prevents others from accessing your iCloud data or using services like iMessage and iTunes from your lost or stolen device.
  2. Change the passwords for your email, social media accounts like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc, and any other websites that you used to access from your lost or stolen iPhone or iPad or iPod.
  3. Report about the lost or stolen device to the local law enforcement agencies with the IMEI number, serial number of the device, etc.
  4. Inform your mobile network service provider about the lost device. Your carrier can block the mobile number.

10 Popular iPhone Tracking Apps – (Preinstallation required for all Apps)

Let me introduce you to 10 mobile tracking apps for iPhones, Ipads or iPods. All these apps need to be installed in advanced on your Apple mobile devices to track the device. You can not track the lost or stolen Apple devices using the following apps if the app is not installed in advance on the devices. You may go through the features and price ans decide what best suits you.

1. FoneHome

FoneHome is a Tracker app to locate your lost or stolen Apple mobile devices. It costs $2.99. There are no recurring subscription fees. It can run on devices with iOS 6.0 or above versions. This app is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Fonehome can track your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. It is one of the best iOS tracking apps available on the market. FoneHome runs in the background and sends its location information periodically to a central server.

Some of the features of the Fonehome app are listed below.

  • Push message features allow you to send a message to be displayed on the lost or stolen device.
  • A loud sound can be played on the lost device.
  • You can take the photo of whoever is in possession of your device and see it from the app website.
  • You can also remotely open any websites on your lost device.
  • GPS location of the lost or stolen device can be tracked.
  • ‘Lost’ mode setting can be activated, so that you will get location updates in every single minute.
  • A loud piercing siren can also be played on your lost device. This helps in those in the area make aware that there is some theft happening there. This helps police or other local people to help nab the thief. Sometimes thief may abandon the device and try to escape from the area. This loud piercing siren has reportedly helped many people to recover their lost devices.
  • You can print a detailed report on the location of the lost or stolen device, with an approximate address that will help the police to identify the location.
  • VOIP calls can be made to any other devices running FoneHome for free.

2. Prey Anti-Theft

The Prey Anti Theft app alias Prey Find My Phone Tracker GPS app is a free app. Apart from the free plan, three premium plans are also there. Prey Anti Theft app requires iOS 8.0 or later versions. It is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Some of the features of the Prey Anti Theft app are listed below.

  • GPS tracking feature allows location tracking to the precise building.
  • You can make an alarm on the missing iPhone, which can not be muted. This sometimes forces the thief to abandon the device and escape.
  • Pictures of the user can be taken, to identify thieves.
  • Wi-Fi scanning of the neighborhood areas helps to find all active networks near your lost device.
  • You may also lock the lost device, with a custom passcode remotely.
  • You can get the device’s Mac Address. this helps in legal cases.
  • This app allows to remotely take the device’s surroundings pictures.
  • Even the high-end features are free!

3. Life360 (Family Locator)

The Family Locator app by Life360 is one of the best GPS trackers for iPhone or iPad or iPod. It is a free app. The premium version of the app is available for a fee. This app is also called ‘Life 360’. It requires Android 4.0.3 or higher versions This app is useful if you or your acquaintances use multiple devices. It is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Some of the features of the Life360 Family Locator app are given below.

  • You can make your family a “Circle“, a closed group of people like family, friends, or teammates.
  • All the members will appear on the map as small icons so that any mobile can be tracked at any moment.
  • The app can track the GPS coordinates of any lost or stolen device on the map.
  • A car crash notification feature is available, to seek help from the circle members.
  • Driver Care Support feature with the push of a single button is also available

4. Glympse

Glympse is a free app for sharing and getting location details of aby iPhone or iPad. It is a social app to share your location using GPS. This app requires iOS 9.0 and watchOS 3.0 or later. This app is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

Some of the features of the app are given below.

  • Shows the location of the lost or stolen device, if the app was previously installed.
  • You can control who sees the location and when to allow them to see the location.
  • No signup is required for this app.
  • This app runs in the background.

5. LocaToWeb

LocaToWeb is a real-time GPS tracking app. It is helpful to track a lost or stolen device. It costs $0.99. This app requires iOS 10.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Some of the major features of the app are given below.

  • You will get the current location of the device in real-time through the app website.
  • You can capture or upload photos while tracking. Capturing the photo is helpful to identify and nab the thief.
  • No registration is required.

6. FollowMee GPS Location Tracker

FollowMee GPS location tracker or GPS Location Tracker by FollowMee is a free mobile phone tracker app from FollowMee. It is useful to track and locate any lost or stolen mobile devices on which the app is already installed. It is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. The app requires iOS 9.0 or later versions.

Some of the features of the FollowMee app are listed below.

  • Track and monitor the whereabouts of the lost or stolen iPhone or iPad or iPod on the web site.
  • 3-day history is available for the paid service, costing $5.99 per device per year. Extended history from 14 days to 3 years is also available for a higher amount of $9.99 per device per year.
  • Paid service is available for Converting the coordinates to the actual address. It costs $2.99 per device per month with 41% off for one year if the amount is paid in advance.
  • Web Service API is also available so that you can feed that data into your own application or web site. It costs $2.99 per device per month with 41% off for one year if the amount is paid in advance.

8. GPS TRACKER

GPS TRACKER app helps to locate any Apple iPhone or iPad or iPod in real-time. It is a free app from Cellphone Solutions, LLC. It has got over 2.5 million downloads, to date. For a one time payment of $ 0.99, you can follow 10 people. This app requires iOS 9.0 or later versions and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices.

Some of the features of GPS TRACKER are given below.

  • Locate any iPhone movements for the past 12 hours.
  • You can give permission to any of your friends or family members in advance so that they can track your iPhone, in case of theft or loss of the device.
  • GPS options to reduce battery usage are available.
  • It helps to find your lost or stolen phones.

9. GPS Phone Tracker

GPS Phone Tracker app allows you to locate your lost or stolen iPhones which have got the app preinstalled on them. This app requires iOS 9.0 or later. It is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Some of the features of the GPS Phone Tracker app are listed below.

  • Track the movement of any GPS iPhone or iPad or iPod during the past 72 hours.
  • Track and find any such device with an accuracy of 30 feet.
  • You have the option to use satellite maps or street maps.

10. Device Locator

The Device Locator app costs a one time fee of $ 2.99. This app requires iOS 9.3 or later versions. It is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices.

Some of the features of The Device Locator app is given below.

  • Tracking any number of devices.
  • Sound an alarm on your lost or stolen device from a computer. This helps in alerting those standing near the lost or stolen device.
  • Send a message with a sound to the lost or stolen device.
  • This app can send location information even when the application is not running or is running in the background.
  • The app will send your device location every time the lost or stolen device is connected to a new cell tower.
  • You can lock the application to prevent the thief from accessing your account.

Procedure for Claiming Insurance

If you have insured your iPhone or iPad or iPod, you may need the following documents for insurance claim settlement.

  1. Fill up the physical application form, if required. Otherwise, fill up the application form electronically.
  2. Attach proof of purchase, like the invoice with date of purchase clearly mentioned on it.
  3. If the insurance was provided free of cost, attach proof for the same.
  4. If the iPhone was covered under any group insurance policy, attach proof for that.
  5. Attach proof of insurance premium paid if you have insured the iPhone or iPad or iPod on your own.
  6. A copy of the police complaint.

What is to be Done if You ever Lose Your iPhone or iPad

I will explain what is to be done if you ever lose your iPhone or iPad device.

  • If you are 100 % sure that your iPhone (or iPad or iPod) is stolen and chances of getting it back are not there, erase the data on the stolen device.
  • If your iPhone was stolen and you are hopeful that somebody will return it, try to locate it using “Find my Device” or any preinstalled app. The thief may find that the security features are preventing it from being opening, he or she will abandon it somewhere. You can send a message with the alternate contact number. This helps the one who is in possession of it to return it to you.
  • If you have misplaced the iPhone (or iPad or iPod) while traveling and do not remember where it was left, try to find its location. You might have forgotten it at a restaurant, supermarket or grocery store. Somebody might have noticed it and kept it safe. If you could locate the lost device, the chances of getting it back are higher.
  • Contact your phone carrier and ask for guidance. Based on their advice, you may decide what is to be done.
  • If the iPhone can not be located within a reasonable time, then you have to file a police complaint. Also, Erase the data on the lost or stolen device.
  • If your lost device has got insurance coverage, submit the required documents for claiming the insurance amount.
  • Change passwords stored in your iPhone or Ipad or iPod.
  • Some apps like Apple Pay, Spotify, Venmo, Google Pay store credit or debit card details on the mobile. Cancel the existing cards and go for a new card if necessary.

Conclusion: Getting a phone call from a friend to track his lost iPhone (or iPad or iPod) is not something that most of us have encountered. Still, this is not rare. I had to face this situation a few months back. It is very painful to lose your iPhone. If you lose your iPhone, you are left with very limited means of contact with the outside world, especially if you are traveling.

How to avoid losing your costly iPhone mobile phone? In case your iPhone (or iPad or iPod) is lost or misplaced, what is to be done? What is the procedure for claiming the insurance amount for your iPhone or iPad or iPod which is lost or stolen? How get the iPhone back, if the location is known to you? All these questions (and much more) are answered in this article.

If you have previously turned on the “Find my device”, you can track your lost or stolen iPhone or iPad or iPod devices, mark the device as lost and even erase any data on those devices. Otherwise, none of the apple services will be able to locate your device. Apple offers cloud-based and app-based solutions to find any stolen or lost apple devices.

There are many free and paid iPhone third party tracking apps available in the market. It is in your best interest to download and keep at least one such app, in addition, to setting up the official “Find my device” with Apple. I have analyzed the features of 10 such free and paid apps for you. Some apps are totally free, while some others require a small one-time payment. A few others charge a monthly or yearly fee. It is advisable to have any location tracking app installed on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices, so that you can track in case the device is lost or stolen.

How to Track My Phone for Free Online

Have you ever lost your Android mobile phone or Android tab? I can tell you that it’s worst than a nightmare! I have experienced this very recently. Suddenly, you are alone in this world. Your contacts with family, friends, colleagues, etc., all are lost in a moment.

Mobile theft is a fact that can not be denied. At the outset itself, I sincerely hope and pray that nobody should ever lose their Android phones, especially in a foreign country.

Facts about Stolen Mobile Phones

According to a Forbes news report published on the 8th December 2017, approximately 70 million mobile phones are stolen yearly from around the world. The numbers keep increasing every year! A rough estimate based on the percentage of increase in the number of mobile phones sold would put the number of stolen mobiles in 2019 at around 1 billion units.

Lost mobiles not only put additional costs on you (to replace it), it exposes you to identity theft. It is always better to ensure that your mobile is insured and mobile tracking is enabled on your Android phones. Mobile tracking for any Android device can be enabled by just logging into your google account with your Android device.

Article Highlights

I will share my experience with the lost Android phone.

Details of how to check if the mobile tracking facility is switched on or not are explained below. Tips on how to avoid losing your costly Android mobiles along with tips on the procedures involved in the case of lost Android phones are also written in detail. Tips to be followed in case you are able to locate the lost or stolen mobile’s location is known to you, are also given in this article.

I have also written in detail about the official Android tracking app from Google and Samsung; “Find My Device“. Features of 10 Free and Popular Android Tracking Apps are also there in this article. Knowing about the different apps available in the market and their features in advance makes you well equipped to handle any situation if you ever lose your Android devices like your Android phone or your Android tab.

How to Check if Mobile Tracking is Turned “On” or Enabled

If you have added a Google Account to an Android mobile phone, be it a Samsung or any other make, mobile tracking is automatically ‘On’ your device.

I will explain to you how to check if mobile tracking is “On” or “Off”, on your Samsung Galaxy Phone.

  • To know if the tracking facility is turned on your Samsung Galaxy phones, check if there is a tick mark next to “Find My Device”, under Settings > Security & lock screen > Device administrators.

How I Lost My Android Mobile Phone?

How to Track My Phone for Free Online

I will let you about how I lost my Android mobile phone a few months back, in April this year, while traveling overnight in an express train. I slept while the mobile phone was hooked on to the charger unit and it was kept connected to the power socket for recharging purposes. It seems that I fell into a deep sleep. After a couple of hours of sleep, I woke up only to realize that the mobile phone is not there. I searched madly for it; enquired with other co-passengers. In fact, I searched within the whole compartment. By now, my worst fears were confirmed. My Android phone is lost. And it is lost forever!

There was no way I could contact anybody. I do not remember any phone numbers except that of my residence landline. I also lost the habit of keeping the list of phone numbers in the diary. The contact list on my mobile phones took care of keeping the list of contacts for the last two decades or so since I started using the mobiles in 1999. In the initial days when Android phones were not there, I just need to put the old SIM in my new phone to get the contacts. Whenever the SIM card was changed, I used to copy the contacts to the mobile phone as the first step and then transfer them back to the SIM card after the new SIM is inserted.

Since it was past midnight, I did not inform my family about the incident immediately, I don’t want them also to be panicked at odd hours. I informed my family about the incident in the morning around 5.30 am or so, from a co-passengers mobile phone.

OMG! What next?

I was clueless for a moment as to what should be done next. Different thoughts struck me. What if somebody misuses the personal data or family photos on the lost mobile? What if my mobile goes into the hands of some anti-nationals? All other co-passengers are asleep. Do I need to wake them up and tell them about what has happened?

Within 10 to 15 minutes, I realized what is to be done next. I explained what has happened to the ticket examiner, onboard. He directed me to the railway security personal, onboard. I made a formal complaint to them. I also got an acknowledgment of my complaint from the railway security staff deputed on duty on the train. Now I felt that I am safe (to some extent) if somebody uses the phone SIM card for any unlawful activities. To be 100 % legally safe, you also need to file a police complaint with the exact or approximate time the mobile device was lost, which I did the next day. Once you fie a legal case, you are absolved of any malpractice done by the thief, from the time mentioned in your complaint.

Still, there were some more worries like the personal photos, emails and other important documents stored on the mobile, that should not go into any wrong hands. Such data needs to be wiped out from stolen or lost mobiles.

I called my mobile service provider and told them about the incident. They informed me that if they block the phone, I will not be able to track it. Hence I hesitated to immediately block my SIM card and instead decided to try to erase the data first. I was sure that as somebody has lifted my Android mobile phone on purpose, chances of getting it back are very very remote or even nil.

Hence, I decided to use the lost Android mobile phone tracking facility to erase the data from it. I took my laptop and tried to access the phone. Alas! I could not locate the lost mobile phone. I was sure that the thief has switched off my mobile. After a while, I was successful in erasing all my data from the mobile. This was done primarily to prevent any possible identity theft. How I accessed my lost Android and erased the data is explained under the subheading “1. Google’s Find My device”.

I could do all this only because, I had access to the internet. Otherwise, you need to seek somebody else’s help who has got the internet. Or use another android phone to track the lost mobile. In that case, you need to provide your Google account details on that device. If you need to login to your Google account from other people’s devices, do not store your passwords on such devices.

Once I reached my city, I took and a taxi and went home. It was one of the worst experiences I ever had in my life. Since this was my return trip home, I saved myself from many a hassle. Had I been at another place, I may have been forced to skip those programs and return home. Hotel name, room booking details, other meeting details, etc., were all on my lost Android phone, without which spending even a day would have been really tough.

What if You are in a Foreign Country?

As I was in my country, it was easy to get a duplicate SIM card. Had I been in another country, the whole story would have been different.

If you lose your Android phone in another country, you are in for big trouble. I will list out what best can be done to salvage the situation.

  • You need to file a formal police complaint in most cases.
  • For this, you may need to engage the services of some local people who know the local language.
  • Then select any one of the following three options to get another SIM.
  • 1. Enquire about the procedure and time period to get a duplicate SIM from your home country and getting it mailed to the current address. If that is feasible, go for it.
  • 2. If the above option is not feasible, go for a new SIM from the foreign country itself.
  • 3. If the above two options do not work for you, enquire with your hotel or any relative or friend locally, if you can borrow a SIM card for the remaining period of your stay in that foreign country.
  • Also, you may need to buy a new Android phone.
  • Then get all the apps installed.

Police Complaint, Duplicate SIM Card, and New Android Phone

After I reached my home town, within a few hours, I went to the local police station. I narrated the incident to the officer. He helped me to file a police complaint. I took a print out of the police complaint from the police department website.

I also applied for a duplicate SIM card. Within a few minutes, identity checks were completed and a new SIM card with the same number was issued to me. I bought a brand new Android mobile too.

I logged into my Gmail account and synchronized the contacts. Now, I have the contacts of some of the people in my contact list. Few other’s contacts were still missing. Anyway, I was happy that I could save the missing phone numbers if I were to receive a call from them. Now, I am again ready to face the world!

How to Track Your Lost Android Phone for Free Online?

Official Android Phone Tracking Apps

1. Google’s Find My Mobile

The android operating system is an operating system for Mobile devices from Google.

Google’s official Android tracking webpage can track your lost devices.

You can download and install the app “Google Find My Device” from the Google play store. This app is very simple and easy to use. “Google Find My device” should be your first choice for finding your lost Android phone or any other Android device.

This procedure to locate your Android will work only if your lost Android phone is still kept switched on.

Go to the Offical Android “Find My device” webpage or open the Find My device” app from another mobile. Login to your Google account, if not done already.

Now, the screen will show your device name. There is a small circle with the English alphabet ‘i’ inside the circle. Click on that. It will show you the IMEI number of your device. You can note down the IMEI number, in case you want to provide that for police complaint to be given to cyber cell for phone tracking purposes or for claiming insurance benefits. If you have the Android invoice with you, it will also have this number.

By default, the app will try to contact the device by itself. There will be a message “Contacting device” with a rotating circle with an arrow on one side. If it is able to locate the device, it will show the mobile operator’s name and signal strength in the percentage. You can see the GPS location of your phone, via the website or app’s built-in map. You can also use the app to track the smartphones of any family member who syncs their phone to the program. When hunting down a lost or stolen phone, the application provides real-time location updates, which constantly change as the phone in question moves. The app also provides accurate GPS directions and relies on its triangulation algorithm to produce a spot-on location.

You can also delete any messages from a tracked Android mobile phone.

If the app can not locate the device by itself, click on the ‘circle with an arrow on one end’ icon (just below the previously mentioned circle with i), to locate your device’s current location.

The main features of ‘Find My Device’ app are listed below.

  • PLAY SOUND” option is the first option to track the lost Androids. Once Google is able to locate the Android phone, you can make the device ring for five minutes. To do this, click on the “PLAY SOUND” heading. To stop the ringing sound, the one who has got the mobile phone on hand has to press the power key on the device. You can stop the ringing by clicking on the “STOP RINGING button.
  • Keep on using this option to make the phone ring continuously, so as to get the attention of the one who possesses it.
  • You have two other options; “SECURE DEVICE” and “ERASE DEVICE“.
  • Click on “SECURE DEVICE”. You can type an optional recovery message and an optional phone number into the next screen, for those who are in possession of your lost Android phone to contact you. Once you fill in these details, again click on “SECURE DEVICE”. The filled in details will be displayed on the lost Android mobile phone. “Call Me” button will be displayed on your lost Android phone so that those who found it can call the specified phone number by clicking the button.
  • If Android is stolen, nothing much can be done, except going for the option “ERASE DEVICE”, as those who have stolen your Android phone will never ever return it.
  • ERASE DEVICE” option should only be used as the last resort in case your Android phone is lost. If you are sure that it’s theft and chances of getting it back are not there, you can proceed with this option. Otherwise, exercise caution while using this option. If you proceed with this option, all content on your Android phone will be erased (lost) and you can no more track the Android. This option may require you to again sign in to your Google account.

I decided to try this option and erase all data on my mobile, as I feared that it may go into the wrong hands. At least, I have peace of mind that nobody is going to misuse any of the documents or photos from my Android phone.

2. Samsung’s Find My Mobile

If you are a Samsung Android mobile phone user, Samsung’s Find My Mobile app is for you. If you’ve signed in to the Samsung account with your Galaxy phone, this app works. Some of the features of Samsung’s find My device app are listed below.

  • There is a backup service to track down your lost phone.
  • The app can force a remote backup.
  • It can check if someone has changed the SIM card.
  • It has got tools that Google Find My Device doesn’t have.

How to open Samsung’s Find My Device through the website?

Go to the official Samsung Find My Device webpage.

  • If you are not signed in to your Samsung account, please sign in.
  • Select your lost device from the left side of the screen.
  • A map will be shown to you with the location of your lost phone.
  • A menu with different options to lock the phone, sent an alarm message, erase data, etc., are displayed on the right side of the screen.
  • As a first step, lock your phone from the menu options.
  • It will display a personalized message on the locked device.
  • Any Samsung Pay cards are suspended.
  • It will also prevent the phone from being switched off.
  • Now, go for creating a backup of your phone.
  • If you notice that the device has changed its location, use the ‘Track location’ feature. This feature tracks your phone once every 15 minutes.
  • Also, turn on the “Extend battery life” feature. All features, except location tracking, is now disabled on your lost phone.

If you are using a Samsung mobile phone app to track your lost phone, do the following and then follow the same instructions given above.

  • Open your Settings app on the Samsung mobile.
  • Go to Biometrics and security.
  • Then, select “Find My Mobile”. Follow the instructions given above to locate and lock your phone. Also, Backup the phone and go for Extended battery life options.

10 Free and Popular Android Tracking Apps

1. Family Locator

family locator android

The Family Locator app by Life360 is one of the best GPS trackers for Android phones. The app is also known as the ‘Life 360’ app. This app useful if you or your family use multiple Android phones.

The features of the ‘Family Locator’ app are listed below.

  • You can make your family a “Circle“, that is the app’s name for a closed group of people who agree to have their phones tracked in real-time.
  • All the family members will appear on the maps as small icons so that any mobile can be tracked at any moment.
  • The app allows you to chat with those in your “Circle”. The app will track any lost or stolen Android on the live map.
  • A car crash notification facility is also available. It asks for help from within the circle members.
  • Driver Care Support is also available, with a single push of a button, to assist you in roadside situations such as jumps, tows, and lockouts.

2. Prey Anti Theft

prey anti-theft

The Prey Anti Theft app is free to use. Some of the features of the ‘Prey Anti Theft’ app are listed below.

  • This app can track 3 different Android devices.
  • You can make an alarm on the missing Android phone, which can not be muted.
  • Screenshots can also be taken, if the lost phone is in use.
  • You may lock the device, with a custom passcode remotely.
  • Gets the device’s Mac Address.
  • It allows to remotely take the device’s surroundings pictures.
  • Even the high-end features are free.

There are tutorials inside the app that will show you how to track your lost Android phone.

3. Lost Android

track lost android

Other than to locate the lost phone, the Lost Android app has the features which are listed below.

  • Website for tracking the lost Android device.
  • You can read any sent and received SMS messages on your lost Android mobile.
  • Wipe the mobile phone and make erase the data.
  • You can lock the phone.
  • You can erase the SD card, SMS.
  • Forward calls to another number.
  • You can take a picture with the front or rear camera.
  • You can also record sound from the microphone.
  • Get phone status, battery, IMEI, etc.
  • SMS can be locked or unlocked.
  • Remote SMS alarm feature.
  • Start or stop GPS.
  • Start or stop WIFI.
  • Hide from the launcher.

4. Where’s My Droid

where's my droid

Where’s My Droid app allows you to track your Android devices. some of the features of ‘Where’s My Droid’ app are listed below.

  • You can locate your lost Android phone, live on Google Maps.
  • Where’s My Droid app allows you to ring your phone if it is lost or misplaced.
  • You can use a password to prevent unauthorized alterations to the apps on your lost Android phone.
  • Make the phone to vibrate or ring.
  • Remotely lock device for Androids 6.0.1 or less.
  • Passcodes to prevent unauthorized app changes.
  • Location alert on low battery.
  • Notification in the case of SIM card changes.
  • Remotely wipe out any data from your lost Android phone.
  • No battery drain.
  • “Stealth Mode” prevents anyone from seeing your text messages. A customizable attention word tells them that the phone is lost or stolen.

The paid version has extra features which are listed below.

  • Take pictures remotely with the camera.
  • You can use a landline to access your phone.
  • You can also lock the device, remotely.
  • View Device Statistics and nearby WiFi devices.
  • Prevents apps from being uninstalled.
  • Motion Alarm.
  • History. of locations.
  • View Contacts.
  • Geofencing.

5. Lost Phone Tracker

where's my phone

Some of the features of the Lost Phone Tracker app are listed below.

  • View your current location of the lost phone with GPS Tracker.
  • Share “real-time location” with others.
  • View the Map in Satellite view mode or street view mode.
  • You can make the ring alarm even if your android phone is in silent mode.
  • You can lock your lost device.
  • Erase the data selectively.
  • All data can also be wiped out.

6. IMEI Tracker (Pre-installation required)

imei tracker

IMEI Tracker app has the following features. This app needs to be pre-installed on your Android to get the features working.

  • When a new SIM card is inserted into your Android phone with the app installed on it, it automatically sends SMS from the new SIM card. This SMS has details of the new mobile number, the name of the mobile operator, etc.
  • You can store your family members’ or friends’ phone numbers in the app. In case that, it sends SMS to all those stored numbers, whenever a SIM card is changed.
  • GPS Location information about the lost mobile can be accessed through the website.
  • This app is password-protected so that others can not uninstall it.

7. Mobile Tracker for Android

mobile tracker for android

Mobile Tracker for Android app allows to track your lost mobile and delete files. Some of the other features are listed below.

  • Allow the phone to vibrate or ring remotely.
  • You can even take pictures remotely.
  • Delete any data from the lost mobile.
  • GPS location tracking
  • Record phone conversations.
  • Automatic SMS / Email with detail about the new SIM card, if somebody changes the SIM card.
  • Password protection.

8. GPS Phone Tracker

gps tracker

“GPS Phone Tracker” app is a family android tracker app. It is one of the oldest apps in the market. We can call it a legacy app.

  • Dedicated web interface to get an accurate location of your device.
  • Smart dashboard with accessible location history of the device.
  • It’s social too. It allows tracking the location of your dear and near ones.

9. xfi Locator

xfi locator

xfi Locator helps to find a lost Android device and also makes an alarm on the lost Android device if required. Some of the features of this Android tracking app is given below.

  • Different map types including a street map
  • You can use the app from another device to track a lost Android. A single device allows multiple accounts!
  • You can use the website also to track a mobile.
  • Allows ringing the lost device; though data can’t be erased.

10. Safe365

safe 365 android track

Safe365 is one of the most simple apps for Android device tracking. Its features are listed below.

  • It can show you the exact location of the lost Android device.
  • It provides route and battery levels of the device.
  • There is a “panic button” that will allow the user to send a distress signal with the details of their current location details.

Mobile Insurance Claim

If you have insured your Android mobile phone, you may need the following documents for insurance claim settlement.

  1. Properly filled application form; online or printed.
  2. Proof of purchase document.
  3. Detail of the Insurance scheme.
  4. If the insurance was provided free with the new phone, it should be written on the invoice.
  5. If it is part of any group insurance from your company, attach proof for that.
  6. Attach proof if you have insured the Android separately.
  7. A copy of the police complaint.

What is to be Done if You ever Lose Your Android Mobile.

I will explain to you what is to be done if you ever lose your Android mobile phone.

  • If you are sure that your mobile is stolen and chances of getting it back are completely ruled out, use any mobile tracking app and erase the maximum possible data on your mobile.
  • If it is stolen and you suspect that somebody may return it, use any mobile tracking app and locate it. Also, try to ring the phone. The thief might have abandoned the mobile, after trying in vain to unlock the device. You may send a text message with your alternate contact details so that somebody else who is in possession of it, can return it to you. You may also send a voice message, some people may not be proficient in the language you texted but may be able to follow it on hearing the details.
  • If you have misplaced the Android phone while traveling and don’t remember where you left it, use a mobile tracking app and try to find the location. You might have forgotten it at a hotel, medial shop or a grocery store, etc. It may be lying without being noticed by anybody or somebody might have taken and kept it safe, waiting for the owner to contact them. If you could locate it, chances are that you will get it back with proper alert or messages.
  • Contact your mobile phone carrier network and ask for guidance. They may advise to wait for a while or get the SIM card blocked. Based on the network carrier’s advice, you may decide what is best for you.
  • In any case, if the phone is can not be tracked within a reasonable time (if you can’t track it within a maximum of one day or so), then you need to file a police complaint. Also, try to erase any data on the Android device through a mobile tracking app or the website meant for it.
  • Submit the documents for an insurance claim, if the device was insured and is covered for the type of loss.
  • Go to the respective websites and change any passwords which were stored on the mobile.
  • Apps like Google Pay, Apple Pay, Spotify, Venmo, etc., may have attached card details. Please monitor for any suspicious activity or block and get a new card if necessary.

Tips on How to Avoid Losing your Costly Android Phone

  • If you have any spare old phone, carry it while traveling by public transport. The main costly phone should be kept safe inside your baggage, which can be locked and kept.
  • The above tip should be applied when you are visiting any crowded places or public places like the pool, beach, market, etc. Keep the costly phone inside your locked vehicle in silent mode.
  • Try to carry your mobile phone only in the front pocket. This applies to ladies too, even if they carry a purse. This is because it is easier to snatch a purse or pick-pocket from your back pockets or backpack, than to pick-picket from your front pocket. The reason is simple. Your eyes are on the front!
  • Some credit cards offer theft protection for your mobiles. If available, go for it. This is particularly true if you use your credit card to pay for your mobile bills.

Tips to be followed if you are able to Locate the Lost Mobile

Never confront a thief. Follow the instructions given below if you are in a position to locate the lost mobile phone.

  • If your phone was lost or stolen and you are able to locate the location of the phone using any of the apps, do not go to the location.
  • Seek the help of the local law enforcement agencies like the police.
  • Let them go there or let them take you with them.

Conclusion: It’s worst than a nightmare in today’s world to lose your Android phone. If you lose your mobile, you are left with no means of contact or with very limited means of contact with the outside world.

I have listed some tips on how to avoid losing your costly Android mobile phones and what is to be done in the worst case of your Android mobile phone or tab is lost. I have also listed the requirements and the procedures for claiming the insurance amount if your Android mobile phone or any other Android device like the Android tab was lost. Tips on how to go about getting your lost mobile back, if the location is known to you, is also given in this article.

There are official apps from Google and Samsung to track Android devices. There are a large number of third party tracking apps too. Through the use of Android tracking apps, those who are in possession of the lost Android mobile can be alerted. They may return it to you (if they don’t mind doing so). If the lost Android mobile phone is switched off or stolen or GPS is switched off, nothing much can be done. You will not be able to track its location. You may still delete almost all data on your lost mobile phone so that your privacy is protected.

If you have previously logged into your Google account with the lost Android device, you have won half the battle. Your Android mobile can then be traced with Google “Find My Devie” app. There is a similar app from Samsung also, for its users. You need to login to your account with Samsung to use these features. Samsung app has more features than Google’s Android tracking app.

It is always in your best interest to know about the different apps to track lost mobiles. It is even better to have some Android tracking app installed on your mobile in advance so that you have better control over things to do in case your Android mobile phone or Android tab is lost. I have given the features of the official Android tracking app, “Find My Device”, along with ten third party Android tracking apps.

How to Run Trim Command for SSD in Windows 10

How to run Trim command for SSD in Windows 10? If your computer uses Solid State Drive (SSD), it is necessary that Trim is enabled for SSD, to boost up the performance of a Solid State Drive. By default, Trim will be enabled on your computers and laptops with SSD hard disks.

Using the Trim commands, you will get to know the status of Trim on your SSD; i.e. if Trim is enabled or disabled on your SSD. If Trim is Disabled, you need to enable it yourself, for better system performance.

What is the Trim Command for SSD Drives?

SSD Trim command is an Advanced Technology Attachment (ATA) command with SATA connectivity to the motherboard that enables the Windows operating system to inform a Solid State Drive (SSD) of which data blocks it can erase, which are no longer used. The use of Trim commands improves the performance of data writes to SSD and contributes to longer SSD life. The equivalent command in SCSI devices is UNMAP.

SSDs read and write data in pages (unit for them to read/write). In an SSD, 128 pages typically constitute a single data block. Before any data is being written to the SSD, a block of data (128 pages) must be erased first. SSD has got an internal housekeeping operation called garbage collection which takes care of this process.

SSD Trim and garbage collection are complementary in nature. Trim command helps the operating system to notify the SSD in advance of which data pages in a block can be erased, allowing the SSD’s controller a better storage space management. Trim eliminates unnecessary copying of invalid or discarded data pages during the garbage collection, thus saving time and improve the performance of SSD.

The main function of the Trim command is to mark the invalid data and tells SSD to ignore those marked areas during the garbage collection. Thus, SSD has fewer pages to move during garbage collection. This, in turn, reduces the total number of P/E ( program/erase) cycles and this helps in the prolonged life of the SSD. SSD’s wears out faster than normal hard disks. Hence reducing the number of erases can help in longer life for the SSD.

The Trim command and the Operating system level write command works independently of each other.

The SSD Trim command may encounter issues with RAID controller hardware, because of the way RAID controller breaks apart. Software-based RAID controllers are less problematic with SSDs. RAID or Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks or Drives is normally used for data redundancy, improved system performance, or both.

Note:

1. Technical Committee T13, an International Committee for Information Technology Standards has added TRIM command into the ATA standard, more than a decade back.

2. The user can also initiate the TRIM command on a daily basis, either manually or it can be scheduled.

How to Run Trim Command for SSD in Windows 10?

Trim Commands can be run from the Command prompt. The steps involved to run Trim Command for SSD in Windows 10 to check if your SSD is Trim Enabled or Disabled are as follows.

How to Run Trim Command for SSD in Windows 10
  • Go to the command prompt by typing CMD on the search button.
  • Click on the “Run as administrator” on the left pane.
  • Enter the following line into the command prompt, to know if Trim is enabled or not.
  • “fsutil behavior query disabledeletenotify”
  • The different output options displayed on your screen will be as follows. The values are counter-intuitive, 0 means Trim is Enabled or On and 1 means Trim is disabled or Off. By default, when Trim is enabled, two lines will be displayed.
  • If you get the immediate next two results, your SSD is Trim enabled.
  • 1. If the display says “NTFS DisableDeleteNotify = 0”, it means that the SSD with NTFS has TRIM has already been enabled.
  • 2. If the display says “ReFS DisableDeleteNotify = 0”, it means that the SSD with ReFS has TRIM has already been enabled. Resilient File System (ReFS) is the next-generation File System after NTFS, from Microsoft with robust features.
  • 3. If “NTFS DisableDeleteNotify = 1” is displayed, it means that SSD with NTFS has TRIM disabled.
  • 4. If “NTFS DisableDeleteNotify is not currently set” is displayed, it means that TRIM support will get enabled automatically when an SSD with NTFS is connected.
  • 5. If “ReFS DisableDeleteNotify = 1” is displayed, means that TRIM is disabled for SSDs with ReFs.
  • 6. IF “ReFS DisableDeleteNotify is not currently set” is displayed, it means that TRIM support will get enabled automatically when an SSD with ReFS is connected.

Trim Commands for SSD with NTFS File System

Trim Command for SSD with NTFS File System is as follows.

  • To Enable Trim, type the following command into the command prompt; fsutil behavior set disabledeletenotify NTFS 0.
  • To Disable Trim, type the following command into the command prompt; fsutil behavior set disabledeletenotify NTFS 1.

Trim Command for SSD with ReFS File System is as follows.

Trim Command for SSD with ReFS File System is as follows.

  • To Enable Trim, type the following command into the command prompt; fsutil behavior set disabledeletenotify ReFS 0.
  • To Disable Trim, type the following command into the command prompt; fsutil behavior set disabledeletenotify ReFS 1.

Conclusion: How to run Trim command for SSD in Windows 10? If you use SSD drive in your computer or laptop, it is high time that you check if Trim is enabled on the disk drive for better performance and longer shelf life. By default, Trim is enabled on SSD’s. If not, you need to enable it manually.

You can run Trim commands in the windows command prompt utility. Go to the command prompt and enter the command “fsutil behavior query disabledeletenotify”, to see it Trim is enabled or disabled. “NTFS DisableDeleteNotify = 0” and “ReFS DisableDeleteNotify = 0” means that you do not worry about Trim, as it is enabled. Otherwise, you need to enable Trim by adding the required command from under the subheading “Trim Command for SSD with NTFS File System” or “Trim Command for SSD with ReFS File System”, to the command prompt and press enter to get it executed.

How to Change File Extension in Windows 10 Easily?

How do I change the file extension in Windows 10 easily? Many computer users face this perplexing question as to why they can not open some files when they click on the file names. None of the existing applications are able to open the file!

You become really nervous now, as the file needs to be opened today. Some report is to be prepared based on this file’s contents. You then search the internet to find a solution as to how to open the file. Ultimately, you realize that it is the file extension name that is causing the problem. Silly, isn’t it? Not really. Some file extensions can play havoc with the work schedule of users like me and you.

Why Some File Extensions Can Not be Opened?

It is a basic question as to why some specific file extensions can not be opened? There are different reasons for some types of file extensions not working with your installed applications. Let us examine a few of those reasons behind file non-opening cases.

Browser compatibility problems can cause web servers like MS IIS to sometimes deliver files with the wrong file extension. These files get accidentally delivered to you. If you rename these types of file with the right file extension name, as you expected it to be, and then try to reopen the file, it should work in many cases. i.e. If you change the file extension, the file gets opened.

ASPX files (ASPX stands for Active Server Page Extended files) are examples of such files erroneously received from web servers. The web server makes aspx files on the demand from certain types of web browser requests. Your web browser is handed over with the aspx file, sometimes in HTML format. It is the duty of the web browser to decode the HTML and deliver the content in the right format to the user. Some browsers can not handle this due to incompatibility problems, meaning they are not updated to the latest versions, to take care of the Web server requests. Some (not all) types of aspx files can be read by applications if you rename those files.

Major version changes in application software also cause some old format files not to be compatible with the latest application software versions. Latest Versions of Microsoft Excel files will have file extension .xlsx, whereas some old versions have .xls files. The old .xlx file may not be compatible with all new excel software versions. Changing the filetype may solve the problem in certain cases. Audio and Video files fall into compatibility problems as there are a large number of applications for them and after somebody edit them, it may become incompatible in another system.

A third reason why some file extensions cannot be opened is that these file extensions itself are not standard ones. Some people save files with an extension name having two letters only instead of three letters. In most cases, it’s a typing mistake or oversight. File extension change solves such problems.

I have drawn a few cases of wrong file extensions causing files not to be opened. Changing the file extension helps to resolve the problem in many cases.

How to Change File Extension in Windows 10 Easily?

Method 1- Renaming Files

You can change the file extension in Windows 10 easily by renaming them.

How to Change File Extension in Windows 10 Easily
  • Go to the File Explorer.
  • If the file extension is not visible, then check the box “File name extensions” under “View” to see the file extensions.
  • Right-click on the file name.
  • Click “Rename”.
  • Provide the correct file extension name after deleting the existing file extension name or editing the wrong file extension name.
  • Press the Enter key.
  • Your file extension is changed now.
  • Now, double-click on the file name.
  • In many cases, you can open the file now.

By simply changing the file extension name, now you are able to open the file!

Method 2- Batch Change File Extensions

Did you ever try to change a large number of similar filename extensions in Windows 10? Those working with audio or video applications like those in film or ad industry may face similar requirements on a regular basis. There are so many applications and standards in the audio and video industry that file compatibility is a real problem.

Assume this scenario. Some third-party would have done work on the audio files for your next ad by using special software. Now they have sent the files to you. They all have .amr extensions (compressed audio format). You are unable to open them.

You need to convert those file extensions to mp3 to be able to open with your applications. Now, to convert the group of audio files with .amr extensions to .mp3 file extensions, follow the procedure listed below.

  • Create a ‘new folder’ on the computer.
  • For example, create a folder named ‘audio’ on the hard drive D. i.e. The path to the new drive is d:\ audio.
  • Copy and Paste all the .amr files to this folder.
  • Open the Command Prompt or CMD in the search box next to the Windows start button on your computer.
  • Click on the “Comand Prompt” Application name.
  • Type cd d:\ audio.
  • Type “ren *.* *.mp3” and press Enter key.
  • Now all files are converted to mp3 files.
  • You can now use your favorite application to open them.

Conclusion: How to change the file extension in Windows 10 easily is a question that pops up when some files can not be opened in Windows. The incompatible file extension is the main villain for this error in most cases. This happens mainly with old format excel files, aspx files, etc. This can be fixed by changing the file extensions.

If the file extension is not visible in Windows Explorer, you need to go to the “View” menu option on the top. Then, check the box ‘File name extensions’. Right-click on the file name. Then, “Rename” the file extension. Check if the file can be opened or not. In most cases, you will be successful in opening the file. If you want to change a large number of file extensions, the “ren” command (rename command) with the right parameters should be used in the command prompt to manually change all of them with a single command.

How to Clear All Event Logs in Event Viewer in Windows 10 Easily?

Did you ever come across Event Log files, full of warnings and errors, which made you feel that something is seriously wrong with your computer? On seeing a long list of errors and warnings, you would have also thought, “OMG! How come my computer is still working, in spite of so many errors?”.

Don’t worry! You are not alone. Hundreds of thousands of Windows users get fretted initially on seeing such messages, only to learn that it is part of Windows routine log files. Your computer does not have any problem as such and is not going to crash anytime soon, due to these warnings or errors. Still, the question arises as to how to clear all event logs in event viewer in Windows 10 easily so that these unwanted messages are got rid of.

What are Event Logs or Event Log Files?

Event logs are system log files that are used to record significant events associated with your PC. Event log classifies the log messages into what is known as different types of categories such as critical, error, warning, information, Audit success and Audit failure! Logfile messages are created whenever a user signs in to the computer or when an app encounters an error and for many other events happening with the functioning of the windows. It runs in the background.

Whenever any type of event occurs, Windows records the event in an event log file that can be read by the Event Viewer tool. It is helpful for troubleshooting purposes with Windows and other installed applications.

These log files are normally found under C:\Windows\System32\winevt\Logs\.

While there are a different log error or warning categories, the vast majority of troubleshooting category pertains to just three; namely Application, System and Security.

Note: There were many a scam associated with the event log files; Scamster demanding credit card details for clearing these type errors!

What is an Event Viewer?

Event Viewer is a component of windows. You can use the Event Viewer tool to view event logs.

To access the Event Viewer, do the following.

How to Access Event Viewer
  • Type “Event Viewer” or “eventvwr.msc” into the search box next to the Windows Key.
  • If you need admin rights, click “Run as administrator” from the right pane.
  • Otherwise, click on “Event Viewer”

Why Do Users want to Clear Event Logs?

Even if the computer working is working fine without any errors for a long period of time, you can find a lot of warnings and errors in the Event logs. Don’t fret at seeing a long list of warnings or errors. This is quite normal.

If your computer or laptop is working properly, you can very well ignore such errors and warnings that appear in the Event Viewer. For those who do not have much knowledge about these log files, consider these log files are useless junk files and just occupy unnecessary hard disk space. Many such people want to clear all event logs, at least once in a while.

You must be logged in as an administrator to clear logs. Clearing the event log does not clear Analytic or Debug logs.

How to Clear All Event Logs in Event Viewer in Windows 10 Easily?

Method 1- Using Event Viewer

  • Type “Event Viewer” or “eventvwr.msc” into the search box next to the Windows Key.
  • Click on “Event Viewer”.
  • Double-click on “Windows Logs”.
  • Go to the log name for which you want to clear the log files. Assuming that you want to clear “Application” log files, right-click on “Application”.
  • Then, click on “Clear Log”.
  • Click “Clear”. This will clear your application log files.
  • Alternatively, Click “Save and Clear”, if you want to save the log files before clearing it. It will then ask for a filename. Type a filename for the log backup, before it’s cleared.
  • Similarly, you may clear the log files corresponding to any category like Security, Setup, System and Forwarded Events.

Method 2- Using Command Prompt

The following code to directly clear all the event log files in a single go was seen in the Microsoft TechNet social forum.

  • Type “Command Prompt” in the search box.
  • Select “Run as administrator” from the right pane.
  • Click “Yes”.
  • Type the following command into the command prompt.
  • for /F “tokens=*” %1 in (‘wevtutil.exe el’) DO wevtutil.exe cl “%1”
  • Press Enter key.
  • All event logs, including the combined administrator, will be cleared.

This method looks super cool. You can delete or clear all categories of log files in a single command prompt command! That’s the beauty of Microsoft PowerShell.

Note: wevtutil.exe is an application from Microsoft to get information about event logs and publishers. If you want to list all the events in your computer, go to Command prompt with admin rights and type WEVTUTIL EL inside the command prompt and press Enter key. You need to scroll back to see all the events. Optionally, a command like WEVTUTIL EL > C:\logfile1.txt and pressing Enter key, redirects or adds the output to a text file named logfile1.txt in your root directory (eg. C:/), instead of displaying it to the monitor. You can use type logfile1.txt command in your root directory to see the contents or use any text editor like Notepad to open this file.

Conclusion: If you are wondering how to clear all Event Logs in Event Viewer in Windows 10 easily, I can assure you that you are not alone in getting an answer to this question. Windows creates a lot of Events Logfile warning and error messages which frightens the computer users as to what’s happening. At last, they realize that its business as usual with Windows and these message does not harm the computer. Many users then think of deleting these unwanted messages and clear the log files and keep it fresh.

You can clear all event logs in Event Viewer in Windows 10 very easily. To go to Event Viewer, Type “Event Viewer” or “eventvwr.msc” into the search box next to the Windows Key and then click on “Event Viewer”. You then need to double-click on “Windows Logs” and then go to the respective log name to clear the corresponding log files. You can clear the log files in all categories namely Application, Security, Setup, System and Forwarded Events, one by one by right-clicking on the category name and selecting “Clear Log” and then following the instructions. Alternatively, wevtutil.exe can also be used to clear all log files using a single command!

How to Change File Type in Windows 8 Easily?

How to change the file type in Windows 8 or Windows 10 easily? Many users are faced with this piquant question when encountered with files that can not be opened when clicked on the file names. You try using all existing applications in your computer to open the file, one by one, in vain. You are exhausted now. If the file is in urgent need of opening, you will begin to search the internet for a solution to fix this problem. After a while, you realize that it is the file name extension problem that is preventing you from opening the file.

Why Some File types Can’t Be Opened?

So, why some file types can not be opened in the first place? There can be different reasons for different types of files for not being able to be opened with any of the installed applications on your computer.

One type of file which can not be opened on your computer is the ASPX files (ASPX is an acronym for Active Server Page Extended files). Active Server Page Extended files are normally received from web servers, especially from the Microsoft IIS servers, which can not be opened by the user applications. The web server makes such files on the fly on certain types of browser requests, for the browsers use. Your browser is supposed to process the commands inside the aspx file and then deliver it’s content in the correct format to the user.

Due to browser compatibility problems or any technical errors, the file gets accidentally delivered to you. If you rename this file with the right file extension name as you expected it to be and then try to reopen the file, it should work in many cases. i.e. Changing the filetype allows you to open the file. (In case you still can not open the file, use another browser that is updated with the latest patches to access the webpage again.)

Another reason why some file types can not be opened is because of version changes of the application software used to create the file and the one used to open the file. It is also known as a compatibility problem. For example, Microsoft Excel files made with the new version of MS Excel in Windows 10 machines will have file extension .xlsx, which may not open in older MS Excel version machines running on Windows 8, which expects the file extensions to be of .xls type. Changing the filetype may solve the problem in certain cases.

Another reason why some files or filetypes can not be opened by you is that some users might have accidentally changed filename extensions. Assume that somebody made a pdf file and named it correctly with the extension pdf. While passing through some hands, somebody accidentally deleted an alphabet from the file name’s extension. i.e. The last letter ‘f’ of pdf got accidentally erased. Simply renaming the file’s extension part with the correct extension name, will make this file again ready to be opened. i.e. A simple filetype change allows you to open the file. Similar errors can happen with any file extensions like jpg, png, doc, xlsx, etc.

These are some of the likely scenarios, where renaming or changing the file type will help you to open these type of files in Windows 8.

How to Change File Type in Windows 8 Easily?

You can change the file type in Windows 8 easily by renaming the file extension name.

How to Change File Type in Windows 8 Easily
  • The file extension may not be visible and you may need to check the box ‘File name extensions’ in the settings to be able to see the extension names.
  • Once the file name and extension are visible in the Windows File Explorer, right-click on the file.
  • Select “Rename”.
  • Now, give the correct file name extension by going to the second part of the filename after the dot symbol and type a new file extension name after completely deleting the existing file extension name or editing the erroneous alphabets with the correct file extension name.
  • Now, press the Enter key.
  • Your file name extension is changed now.
  • Now, double click on the file name to open it.

In most cases, you will be able to open your file now. Your problems are thus resolved now, by simply changing the file type.

Conclusion: The problem of how to change the file type in Windows 8 easily bothers many users. This problem arises when an incompatible file or wrongly named file is tried to open in windows. This happens mainly with aspx files, which were sent accidentally by internet web servers, due to browser compatibility problems or due to technical errors. This problem can be fixed by changing the file extension name in the Windows explorer. Application file compatibility problems also lead to the unsuccessful opening of files, in applications like MS Excel. This problem can be sometimes resolved by changing the filetypes.

The file extension may not be visible and you may need to check the box ‘File name extensions’ in the settings, to be able to see the extension names. Then right-click on the file name in file explorer and rename the file extension, correctly. Now, the file can be opened in most of the cases. Once the file extension is visible in the Windows Explorer, right-click on the file name and change the file type by correcting the file extension name.

How to Change Desktop Icon Spacing in Windows 10 Easily?

Do you have to keep searching inside your desktop icons multiple times to find out the required desktop icon? Desktop icon spacing has troubled people a lot. This happens when your windows desktop is having a lot of icons and you keep searching for the one added a few days back or the most recently added icon or for that matter any other desktop icon. You would have then felt that the desktop icons are too crowded and it would have been better to have them spaced a little more distant from each other.

Desktop Icons

One advantage of Windows operating systems is that you can create a shortcut to any application, file or folder and store it on the desktop, for future easy access. They are known as desktop icons. Over a period of time, the number of desktop shortcut icons keeps growing and it becomes difficult to find out not so frequently used ones or to find out the one added a few seconds back.

How to Change Desktop Icon Spacing in Windows 10 Easily

The desktop icons are arranged too close to each other than (automatically) by Windows 10. Hence, it becomes difficult to find out the required one.

If you have only a limited number of icons, you can make desktop icons large and this may solve the problem for a few users. Large icons can be made by right-clicking on any free area on your desktop and then selecting “View” and then selecting “Large Icons”.

If there are more than 40 desktop icons, there won’t be enough space on your desktop to show all the large icons. Large Icons also do not look good on your desktop. It looks too large. You can now only go for medium icons or small icons in such cases. Hence the need to change the desktop icon spacing arises. So, the question of how to change desktop icon spacing in Windows 10 easily bothers many computer users.

Manual Spacing of Widows Icons

The easiest way to do increase the spacing of desktop icons is by manually spacing the icons apart. In all probability, you can not make the exact gap between all icons, vertically and horizontally. In any case, it may differ at least by a few pixels, unless you are a graphics designer!

If you need to delete any icons later (which is quite normal), once again you have to manually readjust the icon spacing to fill up the gap of those deleted icons. Also, when the number of icons becomes quite large, manually spacing becomes cumbersome.

So let us think of how neatly desktop icon spacing can be done at one go, without manual intervention even after a desktop icon is added or deleted.

How to Change Desktop Icon Spacing in Windows 10 Easily?

I will give you the details on how to go about spacing your windows desktop shortcut icons automatically, in an easy and step by step process.

By using the Windows Registry Editor

You can use the windows registry editor to set values for vertical and horizontal desktop icon spacing. I found this the most perfect method to change your Desktop Icon Spacing in Windows 10 Easily. The Windows Registry Editor is a free tool from Microsoft.

A word of caution – Changing registry values may cause windows problems. Proceed further only if you are confident that you can resolve any resultant errors. Always take a backup of the Windows registry before editing the registry values.

  • Type ‘regedit’ in the search box next to the windows key.
  • Click on “Registry Editor’.
  • Click “Yes”.
  • You are now inside the Windows registry editor
  • Take a backup of the registry by selecting the menu options ‘File’ and then ‘Export’ from the top menu. Give a name for the backup file to be created (eg. You may give the filename as registry-backup). Click “Save”. Now you have a backup copy of the Windows registry file.
  • Go to the Windows registry hive Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics.
  • On the right pane of the registry window, double click on “IconSpacing”.
  • Change the default value by incrementing it by another 200 or 300 pixels (or by whatever value you want it to move). eg. If the default value is -1125, set it to -1425 and then click “OK”.
  • Next, double click on “IconVerticalSpacing” and set it to the same value, -1425 and then click “OK”.
  • If you give the same value to both IconSpacing and IconVerticalSpacing, the distance between an icon and its neighbors on top, bottom, left and right sides will become equal. Otherwise, only vertical spacing or horizontal spacing between desktop icons will only be the same.
  • Restart the computer to take the new registry values to take effect.
  • Now look at your desktop and see the newly spaced desktop icons!

Note: You can change IconSpacing and IconVerticalSpacing to any value in between -480 and -2780. -480 is the least value, which is the number of pixels in-between two nearby icons. The value of -480 makes icons too crowded. Give any value above 1000. -2780 is the maximum pixel value in between the desktop icons. Don’t give -2780, if you have more than 20 desktop icon shortcuts. There won’t be space on your desktop to show all icons. You may keep changing the numbers and (restart after each change) to see which ones look good for your desktop.

Are you now saying that it is a very simple trick? Yes, there are such simple yet very powerful tricks in the Windows operating system, which most of us are not aware of. That is the real beauty of Microsoft Windows 10. There are hidden gems. Explore our website to find out many such hidden gems.

Conclusion: Working on a windows desktop with a lot of desktop icons sometimes makes us search for a particular icon for a long time. A lot of time is wasted on finding out the needed one. If you could space the windows desktop icons a little more apart, it becomes easy to find the required icons.

Windows registry editor is one of the best and free tools to change desktop icon spacing in Windows 10 easily. “IconSpacing” and “IconVerticalSpacing” values under the registry hive Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics is used to alter the horizontal and vertical spacing between windows desktop icons. Change these two values and restart the computer and see the new desktop icon spacing. Keep experimenting with different values until you get the ideal spacing between your desktop shortcut icons.

How to Change Virtual Memory in Windows 10 Easily?

Have you ever came across a situation that demanded you to increase or change the virtual memory in Windows 10? Chances are that those work with applications that require a lot of memory (eg. graphics applications) might have faced this situation.

Some computers also display the low paging file warning message, when the memory resources are scarce and the operating system can not handle the load by itself. This problem may lead to PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA error or KERNEL_DATA_INPAGE_ERROR, which ultimately results in a system crash by the Blue Screen of Death (BSOD).

Slow system performance due to memory shortage does not necessarily require a system upgrade or RAM changes in most cases. Upgrading the system is very costly and is ruled out in many cases. RAM cost per GB is also much more than that of a hard disk and many users can not afford this too.

Don’t worry! There are other cost-effective alternatives to investing in expensive RAM. One best option in such cases is to convert your extra hard disk space which is lying idle into windows virtual memory, which can very well serve the purpose of RAM.

What is Virtual Memory in Windows?

Virtual memory in Windows operating systems is the memory on your hard disk which is used by the operating system just like the Random Acess Memory. How Windows does this is by using what is known as paging files.

Windows temporarily transfers any information that would normally be stored in Random Access Memory to the Paging File on your hard disk’s virtual memory area. This free up RAM. In other words, transferring information to and from the paging file, windows operating system software takes care of freeing up enough RAM for the applications to run without memory issues.

You can use your unused hard disk space for creating large paging files on the virtual memory of your hard disk drive, which behaves just like the RAM.

Note: It isn’t a bad idea to add a little extra GBs to the virtual memory, even if you do not experience any performance problems or paging file warning. You can always change it back if you don’t like it.

Where is my Page File located?

Your page file is a system file and is hidden from you. Its address is C:\pagefile.sys.

How to Change Virtual Memory in Windows 10 Easily?

By default, Windows manages paging files automatically. But when you receive a low paging file warning or when you are faced with slow system performance, you need to set the value for the size of your virtual memory manually.

Change Virtual Memory in Windows 10 Easily

The steps involved in changing or creating virtual memory in Windows 10 is as follows. The procedure is the same for many of the other versions of Windows too.

  1. Click the Windows Start Menu.
  2. Click on the Settings icon (Gear icon), which is located above the Windows icon.
  3. Type ‘performance’.
  4. Choose ‘Adjust the appearance and performance of Windows’.
  5. A new popup window will appear now.
  6. Go to the ‘Advanced’ tab and under the Virtual memory section.
  7. Click ‘Change’.
  8. Uncheck “Automatically manage paging file size for all drives”, if it is checked.
  9. Click on “Custom size”.
  10. There are two vales that can be entered here. Initial size (MB) and Maximum size (MB).
  11. The minimum size that can be entered is 16. You may also leave the value blank.
  12. Enter a maximum size value after looking at the available free space. There is an old formula, which still holds good in many cases, for calculating the correct page file size. The initial size should be one and a half times the amount of total system memory (RAM). The maximum size should be three times the initial size. Assume that you have 4 GB (4,096 MB) of total system memory. The ideal initial size would be 1.5 X 4,096 = 6,144 MB and maximum size 3 X 6,144 = 18,432 MB.
  13. For 64 bit Windows, the Minimum page file size as per Microsoft Knowledge Base is “Varies based on-page file usage history, amount of RAM (RAM ÷ 8, max 32 GB) and crash dump settings. ” Maximum page file size is ” 3 × RAM or 4 GB, whichever is larger. This is then limited to the volume size ÷ 8. However, it can grow to within 1 GB of free space on the volume if required for crash dump settings. “
  14. Click “OK”.
  15. Again, Click “OK”.
  16. Close any open windows.
  17. Restart your computer.

Note: You may tweak the Initial size (MB) and Maximum size (MB) value until you find the ideal values for this column.

Those who used to receive the low paging file warning message need to check if the warning is still there or not. If it is not there, congratulate yourself. You did a really marvelous job.

Others, who are now experiencing an increased system performance also can congratulate themselves. Now, work with your memory-hungry applications with ease!

If you still feel that the performance is not improved even after a considerable increase in virtual memory size, you may need to add an extra RAM or replace the existing RAM card(s) with high capacity memory cards.

Conclusion: Slow system performance often leads to demands for change or an increase in virtual memory in Windows 10. Increased virtual memory acts as if it is Random Access memory, thus increasing the speed of the system. Technically, it is the windows paging files, which handles increased memory requirements by transferring contents of RAM to page files, thus freeing up RAM. This article gives you step by step details on how to change your Virtual Memory in Windows 10 easily. Refer to the Microsoft Knowledgebase webpage link given in this article to know more about the optimal values for Initial size (MB) and Maximum size (MB).

How to Allow Execution of PowerShell Scripts on Windows 7?

You might have come across situations wherein you were advised to execute the Powershell scripts to fix some Windows errors and don’t know how to go about doing it.

If the question of how to allow the execution of PowerShell scripts on Windows 7 bothers you, read on.

What is Windows PowerShell?

Windows PowerShell is a task automation and configuration management framework from the makers of the windows operating system. It has many features which are extensively used to perform administrative tasks on local and remote Windows, as well as Linux systems and network devices. Going further into the technical details of PowerShell is not the purpose of this article.

Different Methods to Allow Execution of PowerShell Scripts on Windows 7

Entering Powershell with administrative rights allows you to execute PowerShell scripts.

Four different methods for you to allow the execution of PowerShell scripts with admin rights is described below. Different variations of the same commands can also be used to achieve the same results.

Method 1

  1. Right-click on the Windows 7 “Start” button.
  2. Select ‘Windows PowerShell (Admin)’.
  3. Click “Yes”.
  4. Press Enter key.
  5. Now, Powershell allows you to enter any Powershell scripts at the command prompt.

Method 2

  1. Press the [Windows] + [X] keys, simultaneously.
  2. Click ‘Windows Powershell (Admin)’.
  3. Click “Yes”.
  4. Now, you are inside the Powershell administrator mode which allows any Powershell scripts to be executed at the command prompt.

Method 3

  1. Right-click on the “Start” button.
  2. Click ‘Command Prompt (Admin)’.
  3. Enter “PowerShell”.
  4. Press Enter key.
  5. Now, you are free to enter any Powershell scripts to be executed.

Method 4

PowerShell from within search box
  1. Enter “PowerShell” in the search box next to the Windows 7 start button key.
  2. Right-click on “Windows PowerShell”. Click ‘Run as administrator’.
  3. Instead of step 2, you can select “Run as Administrator” from the right pane.
  4. Now, Powershell allows you to execute any PowerShell scripts.

Conclusion: PowerShell scripts help in performing administrative tasks on Windows. For the scripts to get executed, you need admin rights. There are different methods to go to PowerShell with administrative rights. Four such methods are explained in detail in this article.

How to Add Quick Launch Toolbar in Windows 10 Easily?

Are you facing trouble in adding a quick launch toolbar in Windows 10? Don’t fret! It is one of the easiest things to do in windows. I will explain what is a quick launch bar and how to add it to the taskbar in Windows 10 computers. Customization of the toolbar is also explained as a bonus.

What is a Quick Launch Toolbar?

The quick launch toolbar is a very convenient way of opening any programs. One of the best features of the Quick Launch Toolbar is its “Show Desktop” shortcut. i.e. One default menu item in the quick launch bar is the “Show desktop”. Without this feature, the only way to access your desktop is by minimizing all open applications, which is quite cumbersome if you are working with multiple applications.

The folder for storing quick launch programs is located at %UserProfile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch. The quick launch toolbar can be added to the taskbar, quite easily.

How to Add Quick Launch Toolbar to Taskbar in Windows 10?

How to Add Quick Launch Toolbar in Windows 10 Easily

The steps to add the quick launch bar to the windows taskbar is detailed below.

  • Right-click on any free space in the taskbar located at the bottom of the screen.
  • Select ‘Toolbars’.
  • Select ‘New Toolbar’.
  • Copy and paste the following line into the ‘Folder’ column value field.
  • %UserProfile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch.
  • Awesome! The toolbar in now there on your taskbar.

Note: You may repeat the above-mentioned procedure to create any number of Quick Launch Toolbar in Windows 10!

Fine Tuning the Quick Launch Toolbar

To show or hide the title or text of the items in a quick launch bar, you need to unlock the taskbar.

  • This can be done by right-clicking on the quick launch bar (dotted separator line located to the left of the quick launch bar in older versions of windows).
  • Then, click on “Lock the taskbar”. This action removes the tick sign near the ‘Lock the taskbar’, meaning that it is unlocked now.
  • Optionally, to move the bar to the left side.
  • Place the mouse cursor on the two vertical lines (||). These two small vertical lines are seen to the left side of what is written as “Quick Launch”. The lines change to a double-sided arrow once the cursor is placed over it. Drag the arrow towards the left side, This expands the quick launch bar fully. You may optionally drag it further to the left. It moves to the left, to a certain extent.
  • Now, notice that the vertical two lines have changed to two small arrows! Clicking on these arrows shows or hides the hidden taskbar items.
  • In most cases, you can drag the Quick Launch bar up to the fourth position after ‘Search box’, ‘Talk to Cortana’, and ‘Task View’.
  • If you want to Move the Quick Launch toolbar next to the windows ‘Start’ button, there is a trick, which is explained under “Move the Quick Launch Toolbar next to the Windows Start Button” subheading, below.
  • Optionally, click on the menu item ‘Show Text‘ and (or) ‘Show title‘ as per your needs. This places or removes a tick mark next to the menu item. If both are unticked, it does not show the title and text in the taskbar. Instead, icons are displayed.
  • You can make the icons large or small. To do this, right-click on the quick launch bar and select “View”. Then click “Large Icons” or “Small Icons”, accordingly.
  • After you have made all the settings changes, you may “Lock the taskbar”, so that it is not moved accidentally.

Free Advice on How to Move the Quick Launch Toolbar next to Windows Start Button

Quick launch toolbar next to Windows key

The secret in bringing the toolbar close to the Windows start button is by hiding those items which stay in between! There are probably three items in between which need to be hidden. i.e. ‘Search box’, ‘Talk to Cortana’, and ‘Task View’ are to be hidden. I will explain how to hide (and to bring it back if required) them in detail..

  • To hide the Search box, right-click on the Taskbar.
  • Select “Cortana” (or “Search” in some systems).
  • Then, select “Hidden” from the popup menu.
  • That’s it! The search box is gone!
  • If you want the search box back, right-click on the Taskbar and select “Cortana” or “Search” and then select “Show search box”.
  • Alternatively, the same results can be achieved through the Windows registry editor also.
  • The respective hive key is Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Windows Search.
  • If “Windows Search” is not existing, create a new Key under Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows.
  • Now, right-click on the new “Windows Search” and click “New” and then “DWORD (32-bit) Value”.
  • Name it as “AllowCortana” give it a hexadecimal value “0” (Zero).
  • Restart your computer for the registry changes to be applied.
  • Replace the previously mentioned “AllowCortana” value of 0 with the value of “1”, to get the search box back.

To hide the Task View icon, do the following.

  • Right-click on the taskbar.
  • Click on “Show Task View Button” from the popup menu. It will hide the “Task View”.
  • If you want the “Task View” icon back, Once again follow the same steps. i.e Right-click on the taskbar and then click on “Show Task View Button”

To hide the “Talk to Cortana” icon, do the following.

  • Right-click on the taskbar.
  • Then click on the “Show Cortana button”. This hides the Cortana icon.
  • To get it back, follow the same steps. i.e Right-click on the taskbar and then click on the “Show Cortana button” .

Now, the Quick Launch Toolbar will most probably be located next to your windows start key icon. If not, drag the Quick Launch Toolbar to the left-most position.

How to Add and Delete Shortcuts in Toolbar

You can drag and drop any existing shortcut from your desktop to the Quick Launch Toolbar. If there is no existing shortcut, you need to create the shortcut first and then drag it to the Toolbar.

How to Remove it in Windows 10

If you want to remove the Quick Launch Toolbar, right-click on the Quick Launch Toolbar and then click “Toolbars” and then “Quick Launch”.

Conclusion: Quick Launch Toolbar in Windows 10 is a feature that allows programs, files, desktop, etc., to be accessed very easily. “Show desktop” is one of the best features of Quick Launch bar, which otherwise is possible only after minimizing all applications.

By default, the Quick Launch bar is not shown in windows 10. But, you can add or remove it anytime, quite easily. You can optionally change its settings and position.