Marco Polo app

Toronto made app helps you find your lost iPhone

If there's a rule of thumb when it comes to apps, it would probably be simpler is better. True to this adage is Toronto-based app Marco Polo, which is designed to help iPhone users locate their phone when it's mysteriously gone missing in one's general vicinity. This won't help if you left your phone at the bar, but it's perfect when it's become wedged in the couch and you're pulling your hair out trying to find it before leaving the house.

When you can't find you're phone, you merely call out "Marco" and the phone returns the call with "Polo." Nifty. Thankfully, you can also customize the call and response if you're not into this combination. That's it. That's what it does. Since being released, it's become the most downloaded paid utility app in over 80 countries. It'll cost you $1.19 for the service.

There are a few downsides worth noting. As wonderfully simple as the app is to use, you'll have to keep it running in the the background for it to work when you need it. That means that it shows a red line across the top of your screen pretty much at all times.

Depending on your degree of anal retentiveness, this will or won't be an issue. My phone also tends to randomly bark "Polo" at me when I haven't said "Marco," but I suppose a little bit of this is to be expected, and if you're prone to lose your phone might not be much of an issue.


Join the conversation Load comments

Latest in Tech

Ontario introduces program that could replace physical ID cards with phones

Toronto gamers mourn the loss of an important community space

These are the TikTok accounts in Toronto totally blowing up right now

Someone is making GPS drawings on maps while running in Toronto

A mysterious delivery robot named Geoffrey is being tested in Toronto

How to find free and cheap parking spots in Toronto

Toronto neighbourhood now offers free public WiFi

Teksavvy hiked up their internet prices again and people aren't happy