It happens to everyone: You set down whatever tool you're working with, like your power drill or tape measure, and then after just a few minutes you can't remember where you left it. If you're lucky, you might able to track it down quickly and get back to the job at hand. If not, you might spend 20 or 30 minutes searching for the tool so you can complete the job and go home for the day.
Misplacing a tool isn't just frustrating—it can also be dangerous if a child or an untrained person finds the tool before you do. And if you lost your tool for good, you might have to spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars to replace it! Wouldn't it be easier if you could track your tools with a few quick taps on your smartphone?
To keep track of your tools, you can attach a Tile to every tool in your shop or add one into your tool bag. The Tile Sticker is an excellent option for a tool tracker thanks to its small size and adhesive backing, giving it the ability to adhere to things right out of the box. Tile Pro is another great, durable option that instead has a keyhole for attaching to things, rather than a sticky back.
Once you've attached your Tile to your tool or tool bag, download the free Tile app on your smartphone and follow the simple instructions to set it up. Now, you can rest assured that some of the most valuable equipment in your home, office, and/or workshop can always be found.
When you misplace a tool around the house or in your workshop, you can use the Tile app to make your the Tile on your tool ring loudly. Simply pull up the app and tap the "Find" button. The Tile will ring so you can track it down and get back to work. If you can't make the Tile ring because your lost tool is too far away, You can also look at the map to see the location where your Tile was last in range of your smartphone. If you still can't find it, simply tap the "Notify When Found" button in the app to alert the Tile Network.
When you download the Tile app for free, you automatically gain access to all the core features in the app, like the ability to find your Tile by making it ring, viewing your Tile on a map, and access to the help of the Tile Network. However, if you want to activate even more finding power (or if you're worried your tools could get stolen), consider upgrading to a Tile Premium subscription! With Tile Premium comes with the following features:
• Unlimited sharing with your friends and family so they can help you search
• Free replacement batteries every year
• A list of your tool's location history for the past 30 days
• Automated alerts when you've left a tool behind
• An extended three-year warranty
And if you're worried about losing a particularly expensive tool, you can sign up for the Tile Premium Protect plan. This plan will reimburse you up to $1,000 for a lost tool if Tile can't find it.
The Tile Network is our massive “lost and found” network, powered by Tile app users and access points, that can anonymously find a lost or misplaced Tile when it’s outside of Bluetooth range. Anyone who downloads and runs the Tile app is part of this network. When someone who's running the Tile app passes within range of a lost Tile, an anonymous notification is automatically sent to the owner of that Tile, allowing them to find its location. The Tile Network is 100% private and anonymous—none of your information is revealed, not even your full name.
While the Tile Sticker is generally the best option for tools as you can stick it directly onto the tool and won't have to replace the batteries for the next three years, the Tile Pro is the most durable Tile. This is often ideal for people who work with heavy power tools. However, you'll have to use a key ring or a separate adhesive to attach it to your tool.
The Tile Mate is similar to the Pro; it's small, versatile and easy to use. You can also use the Tile Slim if you need a sleek, narrow tracking device.
They might look different, but every Tile operates the same way: Simply download the Tile app and follow the installation instructions. It's important to note, though, that each Tile has a different range. The Sticker can find your tools from 150 feet away, the Mate and Slim extend up to 200 feet and the Pro can find your tools from an impressive 400 feet away. Each product is also water-resistant.
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