12 Features Of The Chipolo Bluetooth Finder
Chipolo’s Bluetooth trackers are best known for 2 main features: Helping you find your keys & helping you find your phone. But that’s not all a Chipolo can do!
Find Your Lost Belongings
Do you often misplace or lose everyday things like your keys, wallet, phone, bag, backpack, or your umbrella? You're not the only one!
Luckily, with Chipolo you can find your missing things with just a few simple taps on your phone screen. You can attach a Chipolo tracking device to things you're always searching for, connect it to the Chipolo app on your phone and ring them whenever you’re within the Bluetooth connection range (max 200 ft / 60 m).
Just tap the green Ring button in the Chipolo app and the Chipolo attached to your item will start ringing!
When you find yourself outside the Bluetooth connection range, you can still check the map in the Chipolo app and see where your Chipolo finder was last connected to your phone. The location it displays is a good place to start your search or it can help jog your memory so you know exactly where you left your lost keys or wallet.
Find My Phone
When you can’t find your lost phone, you can double press the Chipolo and if you’re within the 200 ft Bluetooth connection range, your phone will start ringing, even if it's on silent. It will continue to ring until you double click your Chipolo phone finder again or swipe away the notification that displays on your phone's screen.
You can also make your lost phone ring or check it’s location on a map through the Chipolo web app. And if your phone is not nearby or if you forgot it in a public place, you can leave a custom notification on its lock screen for the finder.
You can virtually share your phone through the Chipolo app with another person (more on how to do this below) and if you can't make your missing phone ring with the Chipolo or can't access a computer to check its location through the web app, the other person can use the Chipolo app on their phone to make your phone ring or check your phone’s location on a map.
Tell Siri, Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant what you’re looking for and Chipolo will find it for you. You can ring your missing keys, find your lost phone, or get the location where they were last seen by the Chipolo app.
Use your smart speaker or download the Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa app on your phone and use voice commands to find your missing items.
Or set up a Siri shortcut on your iPhone in the phone’s internal settings. If you don’t like the suggested phrases, you can even record your own custom commands.
Ask the Chipolo community to help with your search when you’re looking for lost keys, wallet or bag with a Chipolo that hasn’t connected to the Chipolo app for a few days.
If a Chipolo is disconnected from your phone, the Chipolo app will display a blue ‘Mark as Lost’ button instead of the green ‘Ring to find’ one. When you tap on the blue ‘Mark as Lost’ button, every active Chipolo user in the Chipolo community anonymously joins in on the search for your lost item.
As soon as someone with a Chipolo app running on their phone comes near your lost Chipolo and picks up on its new location, you will receive a notification on your phone and an email with the updated location, letting you know that your Chipolo has been found by the community.
You can stop the community-wide search anytime by tapping the blue button in the Chipolo app again.
Take A Selfie
Any Chipolo connected to your phone can also be used as a wireless selfie stick and it works as a remote camera shutter for as long as the Bluetooth connection with your phone is active.
How does it work?
Open the Chipolo app on your phone and select the Selfie feature in the menu of your Chipolo. Then position your phone to capture the scene and strike a pose!
Forget lugging around an awkward selfie stick or taking selfies under a weird angle. And the best part? It fits in any pocket and keeps an eye on your keys and phone for you too!
Share Your Chipolo
How many times a week do you look for your car keys, because you share them with another person?
With a Chipolo, both of you can separately find the missing keys in moments, just by checking your phones!
Download the Chipolo app on your phones, create your own Chipolo accounts and you will both be able to track and ring the same keys or backpack or umbrella (not simultaneously).
There is no limit to how many other Chipolo users (or your own mobile devices) you can share your Chipolo with. And if the Chipolo is not connected to your phone, the Chipolo app will still show you when, where and with whom your Chipolo was last connected, making your keys easier to find.
Share Your Phone
Like your Chipolo, you can also virtually share your phone through the Chipolo app. If you can’t find your misplaced phone, and your Chipolo is not nearby, you can then use the Chipolo app on the other person’s phone to check the location of your phone and even make it ring.
You can make the missing phone ring, check its location and display a custom notification on its screen even no matter where your phone is located.
The Chipolo app uses your phone’s internal GPS to locate it so the phone isn’t limited to the Bluetooth signal range like a Chipolo is.
Change The Name, Icon Or Ringtone On Your Chipolo
If you’re using multiple Chipolos to keep an eye on a few of your things at the same time, you can assign each Chipolo a different name and icon, depending on what item you use them for.
You can change the name and icon any time in the individual Chipolo settings within the Chipolo app.
Similarly, you can also set up a different ringtone for each Chipolo that’s connected to your Chipolo account.
There are a few different ringtones available in the Chipolo app to ensure people of different ages and different hearing ranges can hear their Chipolos too!
The Chipolo app can also be set up as a widget on your phone, to display your connected Chipolos directly on your home screen.
You can set up any Chipolo connected to your account as a widget and ring them with just one tap on your phone, without having to open the app every time you want to check on your belongings.
Just unlock your phone and press the Green Ring button!
The Chipolo widget is available for iOS devices running iOS10 or later and Android devices running Android 4.4.2 or later.
Out of Range Notifications
Ever left home without your wallet?
With Chipolo’s In Range and Out of Range notifications, you can avoid such situations, and get alerted when you leave something behind before you’re too far away.
The notifications can be activated separately, so if you only want to know when you leave something behind, enable only the Out of Range notifications.
When activated, these notifications will trigger a small phone alert each time you lose (or recover) the connection with your Chipolo, so you can go back and get your missing wallet or keys.
When the alerts are enabled, your Chipolo will also make a tiny beep too, to let you know if you ever leave your phone behind.
The range is based on your phone’s Bluetooth signal, so it cannot be set to an exact distance (this can only be done with GPS trackers). The distance where the alert can trigger will vary depending on your surroundings. Indoors, where there are more obstacles (walls and doors) the notification will trigger at about 100 ft (30m). Outside, where there are fewer obstacles, the alert range can extend up to 200 ft (60m).
You can even set up quiet zones for your notifications using Named locations (more on these below). This feature will come in handy when you’re at the office, so your phone won’t chime every time you move too far away from your keys or wallet.
In the Chipolo app, you can name the locations you’re often at, such as home or office so that you can locate your lost things more easily. These named locations will then show in the details view of each Chipolo when it gets disconnected.
Your named locations are not specific to each Chipolo but are part of the Chipolo app settings, so once a location is named, this name will show for any of your connected Chipolos that are in that location.
Additionally, you can use named locations to mute the In and Out of Range notifications, if you have those enabled. So, if you don’t want the range notifications to go off every time you walk away from your keys or wallet at work, make it a named location, and the range notifications will be muted until you leave work.
Chipolo Web App
If you can’t find your missing phone, lost keys or wallet, you can still check their last known location in the Chipolo web app. Log into the web app on any computer and on the map that displays you will be able to see the last known location of any of your items with a Chipolo on it, as well as your phone.
Note that the locations displayed for the Chipolos will be the ones where the Chipolos were last connected to your phone, so make sure that the Chipolo app is always running in the background on your phone, updating your Chipolos’ locations.
You can also mark your Chipolos and your phone as ‘lost’ in the web app to alert the Chipolo community that you are on the lookout for your lost items. When a Chipolo or your phone is ‘Marked as lost’ in the web app, the entire Chipolo community anonymously joins in on the search. If one of them comes near your lost item and connects with your Chipolo, you will receive a phone notification and an email, alerting you to the Chipolo’s new location.
While you cannot ring your Chipolos from the web app (you need a Bluetooth connection to do that), you can ring your missing phone, or have it display a custom message on the lock screen for any potential finders.
You can also adjust your Chipolo account info, notifications and privacy settings through the Chipolo web app Settings tab.