The Top 10 Places People Lose Their Smartphones

"Can you call my phone?"

How many times have you been asked this question in the last year? Losing your phone, whether between your couch cushions or (like most Apple employees) at a bar, is a common headache. But finding your phone is another story, one that usually requires a bit of serendipity or the kindheartedness of a good Samaritan.

Today, mobile-security startup Lookout, which specializes in Android smartphone protection, released an infographic on the lost-phone phenomenon—namely, the 10 worst places to lose your phone, and the top U.S. cities for smartphone loss or theft.

According to Lookout's data, the No. 1 city for cellphone loss, based on the percentage of its population, is Miami. No doubt that season of the Jersey Shore factored into the outcome. (Who could've possibly been sober in the MIA during the weeks the MVP were present?) New York City comes in second, followed by Los Angeles, and Phoenix. Philly, Dallas, and Chicago are all in the bottom half.

As for the top 10 worst places to lose your phone, based on chance of recovery, a restaurant or bar isn't such a horrible place, coming in at No. 9 (chance of recovery is fairly high, at 80% to 95%). The car roof comes in at No. 8, with a 25% to 75% chance of recovery. Unsurprisingly, public transit makes up a big part of the top 10. Airport security, buses and subways, airplanes, taxis—all these areas are prime spots to lose your phone.

The worst location to have your phone go missing is the swimming pool, which has a 50% to 75% chance of recovery—but your sopping-wet phone, even if retrieved, has less than a 5% chance of ever working again.

Check out the infographic below.

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  • TheKiwiBex

    I want to know who the 5% of people are who never manage to 'recover' their phone from their purse...

  • James Rafferty

    You missed one critical place: Public restrooms. Many have played a game of solitaire or bejeweled, or perhaps answered an urgent text whilst taking care of business. I have, on several occasions, witnessed a phone without an owner in the stall I occupy atop the TP dispenser.

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  • Chauncey Zalkin

    i dropped my phone in a river in rural catalunya. it was 2 weeks old. my first iphone because i'm an expat and couldn't figure out if it was the best idea to get one in europe. four years later i buy one and own it for 2 weeks and there is NO RESOLUTION on getting another. i either pay 600-800 euros for a phone that has a high percent chance of being stolen (one 'fiesta' day in barcelona, 350 iphones were stolen says the police station) or pay 500 euros to get out of my vodafone contract and get a new phone. also, if i want to buy an iphone for any price from vodafone, i can't. they will not sell an iphone to me. they only offer the sale of an iphone with a new contract. i'm totally 100% fucked.

  • Omar Yacoubi

    Not on the list: nightclubs (or rock concerts)! Forget about trying to catch a photo of the DJ from the mosh pit. From what I've been told by an AT&T rep, even with an app to locate the phone, a determined thief can wipe the thing and never get caught.