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Tips for recovering lost keys

Tags: lost keys, lost items, tracking, searching, retrace your steps

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By TrackR Team on August 10, 2015

Does this sound familiar? You're in a hurry to leave the house but cannot for the life of you find your keys. You frantically search high and low, but to no avail. What should you do next? Panic? Pray? Take a deep breath and try these techniques first. Before you know it, you'll have your keys so you can be on your way.



1. Search carefully and systematically.


Begin your search for your missing keys by looking carefully near the place where you put them most often. Perhaps they're hidden under a newspaper or fell behind a piece of furniture. 


Most misplaced objects are no more than 18 inches from where they are normally placed, so search systematically and resist the urge to pull your house apart!


Only after you have exhausted the locations where you would most expect the keys to turn up, should you move on. 


2. Retrace your steps


Stop and think where you might have put the keys the last time you used them. Retrace your steps and you might find that you left them in the car ignition after you parked or in the mailbox as you reached for a package, places you wouldn’t normally have thought to look.


At this stage it's important to stay relaxed and confident that you will find your keys. Don’t let the stress of the situation distract you! Focus and try to remember what you were doing when you last had them in your hand.

3. Get a TrackR bravo


Tips 1 and 2 only apply if you don't have TrackR bravo! Because once you get a TrackR bravo, you can relax and say good-bye to the days of looking under newspapers and straining to retrace your steps. Just attach your TrackR bravo to your keys so you can locate them quickly and easily with your smartphone. You'll save time and avoid stress. 


If your keys are anywhere in your house or apartment, the Distance Indicator will show you when you're getting closer. Then tap the Item Ringer and follow the ringing to your keys' exact location.


Keys not at home? TrackR's Crowd Locate functionality will automatically start searching for them. If another TrackR app user passes nearby your keys, your TrackR app will show you their location. But rest assured, it's 100% anonymous – no one will know your keys are missing except for you. 


So there you have it: losing keys is frustrating and can cost you time and money. Look systematically and retrace your steps. Want to find your misplaced keys in seconds? Get a TrackR device. 


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