How many Bluetooth headphones or even AirPods have you lost? I keep reading about these cases where people cannot find their Bluetooth smart devices even inside their office or home. And if you lose them outside on the platform or in the park, they are likely to be lost forever. A developer took this challenge head-on and developed an app called Wunderlist. The idea was born on reddit and then it took on steam.
Find lost Bluetooth devices
The idea is simple, at least on paper. You have so many Bluetooth devices at home. Not everyone is at risk of getting lost. The most common connected devices to take care of are TWS or earbuds, earphones, fitness bands, and other small smart or portable devices that you may have purchased. This will also work for smartphones and tablets that are often stolen but are otherwise easier to find thanks to Apple and Google’s proprietary and doorbell solutions. Pretty much anything with a Bluetooth connection. You drop them, lose them under the rug or sofa set, drop them while riding a bike, riding trains, or they are stolen.
How Wunderfind works
The only theme that is common among all smart devices is that they have Bluetooth connectivity. Wunderlist uses this to track your devices and plot them on a map. You’ll find this same technology in fitness trackers that accurately count your steps, but don’t have built-in GPS. What they do is rely on Bluetooth in conjunction with your smartphone’s GPS to track movement.
Wunderfind is doing the same, but instead of counting steps, it is tracking lost devices. This does not mean that you will see the exact location of the device. No. Wunderfind will use proximity messages (in the free version) to guide you in the right direction, tracing the location on the map.
When you first open Wunderfind, it will ask you for a bunch of permissions like Bluetooth and storage. Touch OK and continue. You can also manage these permissions from Settings.
Make sure the devices you want to trace or find are turned on and have Bluetooth enabled. In my case, it took a while before devices started to appear by name on the screen.
Did you notice the figure on the right? That is the distance in meters. You can change that to feet if you want by tapping on the gear icon in the upper left corner of the screen. Touch the device name to find a radar-like setting.
The percentage in the center of the circle called Distance Score will increase as you get closer to the device you are trying to locate and eventually fill the entire circle. You will not get a Google Maps as configured in the free version with everything clearly marked. But if you move a little, you will quickly know the direction you are supposed to go.
There is a three-dot menu icon. You can toggle an option inside that will notify you when the device is lost. That means they either pull away from you or disconnect. There is also support for SIRI if you are using Apple’s smart assistant.
The pro version will unlock more features, such as mapping all devices in a Google or Apple Maps app. That will make it even easier for you to locate and find your lost Bluetooth devices.
Not only will you get a notification when you lose, say, your AirPods, but you will also get a notification when you find them. That removes a lot of guesswork. Also, because the Bluetooth device is marked on a map, it makes it very quick to locate them. With radar, you have to guess which way it might be and then move in that direction before you know that you are moving in the wrong direction or not.
Note that even the free version is good enough to find lost devices because it will still take you to the approximate location. But it is not the same as a map.
The pro version of Wunderfind will cost you $ 4.99, which isn’t much considering those lost Bluetooth devices would have cost you a lot more. Just say.
Conclusion: Find lost Bluetooth devices
Wunderfind is a really wonderful application. I have never seen any other app like this. I mean I tried NFC tags like Tile which makes it easy to find lost devices, but requires you to put a physical tag on the object in question. The good thing is that you can use them on any surface like bags too. The downside is that they are very expensive and you cannot attach them to small objects such as headphones or bands. On the other hand, this little app can be used over and over again and can be connected to as many devices as you like for a single price. But it will only work with Bluetooth devices. Well, you don’t get everything in life.