ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Tile Mate Key Finder, Phone Finder, Item Finder

Updated on January 22, 2017
www.amazon.com
www.amazon.com | Source

How many times have you lost your phone or wallet in your own house? You have searched everywhere, back and forth, for couple of times only to find them under a file of laundry clothes or on top of the fridge. You know what they say, it's always in the last place you looked. But it's on that dreaded morning when you are running late when it's really annoying to look for car keys or phone and can't find them. Well, Tile Mate has a solution for you!

Tile Mate is a phone finder, key finder, or an item finder in general that helps you track almost anything that can be difficult to find and you can't afford to lose. It's a square plastic tile that is 1.3 by 1.3 inches and 0.2 inches thick that you can put in your wallet or hook onto your keys, purse, or backpack so you can easily find them later on. It works with an app that allows you to ring the tile when it's missing or vice versa by ringing your phone through the tile.

Tile Mate
Tile Mate | Source

PROS

Tile Mate is water resistant up to IP5 standards so you don't have to worry about it getting wet in the rain or spilled with drink. Just don't drop it in a pool or put in the washer and you're good.

The Tile app is free to download and very easy to navigate. It works on both Apple iOS and Android operating systems with Bluetooth 4.0 or BLE. Take note that the app communicates wirelessly with the tile via Bluetooth with version 4.0 or BLE. Without this, it won't work. The signal range is 30 to 100 feet which is the typical for Bluetooth. Using the app on your smartphone, you can ring the tile when it's within the Bluetooth range by hitting "Find." If it happens that you have your tile with you and your smartphone is missing, you can press the button on the tile twice to ring your smartphone, which is pretty cool. If you try to ring a muted phone, it will still ring loud. Just make sure your app on your mobile device is on. At 100 feet, it might not be most effective because you won't be able to hear the ring anyways. When your Tile and your mobile device are within range from each other, they constantly communicate with each other using the proximity sensor that shows your distance from your Tile. If they got out of range, your app will automatically save the last location so you can use it as a reference to point where the Tile is last located. You do not need to keep your Bluetooth on at all times. When you want to find the tile, just launch the app and hit the button on your screen to ring the Tile. But for best and most accurate experience, you'll need to have your app running at all times on your phone so that the location is up to date.

For $24.99 a piece at Amazon, it boils down to like $2 per month which is inexpensive considering the benefit of saving you time and money when you recovered your lost item. And if you buy the 4-pack or 8-pack, you'll save even more.

Tile Mate
Tile Mate | Source

Tile Mate is not only effective on your phone, wallet, or small items. You can use the Tile on your vehicle so you can easily find it in a huge parking lot. When at the airport, you can sit back and do something else instead of standing by the carousel waiting for your luggage because the app can tell you when your tile is in range if you attached it to your luggage. Though Tile Mate is not designed for this, you can hook a tile on your cat's collar so you can find out where he's hanging out. I bet it would work on your kids too especially when in a mall or crowded places.

There are over 5 million Tile devices out there which allows you to take advantage of another bonus feature... the "Notify When Found." If you lost your Tile somewhere and someone with the app on their phone walks by your missing Tile, you will receive a notification of where it was found. Assuming it stays in the same location, you should be able to retrieve it. It might also help you find something stolen, as long as the item didn't change its last location. The app is free and you can ask your friends and family to download the app to help you locate your tile especially in case of theft. If you have a drone, this might help if it went out of range too. The Tile community is a great source when you need a helping hand.

With its small and sleek design, it makes a perfect gift for your friends and family or to someone you know who keeps losing things. Tile makes an excellent gift to anyone you know who is always missing something. You can give away your Tile as a gift as long as you have not registered it under your own account. A Tile can be shared between two devices logged into the same Tile account. But only one device can connect to the Tile at once.

You can buy the Tile sticker so you can stick it to your item just in case you don't want to use the hole. There are also stylish skins available for your Tile.

Tile App
Tile App | Source

CONS

If you take your privacy seriously, then make sure you read and understand the Terms of Service and Privacy Statements of the company. Like mentioned in the PROS, the app on one's phone can communicate to every Tile in range, which means the Tile company knows where your Tile is or where it has been. The other app users won't be able to see the location of your Tile though.

The Tile's battery can only lasts for a full year and can't be replaced. Before the 12th month, you will be notified so you can participate in the reTile program by trading it in for a new Tile for a slightly cheaper price (typically $15). They will even send you a return envelope so you can send your Tile back for recycling.

Tile app is not compatible with Kindle devices and any Amazon devices. (There seems to be a connectivity issue with smartphones that have Android 6.0.0 Marshmallow but should be resolved if you update it to Android 6.0.1.)

It is not IFTTT (If This Then That) compatible which is a web-based service that allows the device to interact with other web services or applets. Maybe in the near future.

The Tile Mate is not a GPS tracker but a Bluetooth tracker. It is not designed to provide live update of the location of your Tile like a GPS or what is known as geo-fencing capability to define geographical boundaries.

There are other Phone or Key finder out there in various shapes and sizes but so far Tile Mate comes out on top in terms of reliability and customer support. For sure, Tile Mate will have more advanced features in the future or wide range of compatibility but it is definitely a nice little gadget.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)