misHaps: Simple and effective app for displaying your contact info on the lockscreen

June 27, 2012
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    There are antivirus apps that allege to keep your phone safe from malware and viruses. There are apps that remotely delete your contact information and lock your device. Our Android devices also have built-in security features like the lockscreen, PIN codes, pattern unlock, face unlock, and many more.

    Such apps are crucial to keeping phone-stored personal data and information safe.  But, suppose you misplace your phone or you get into an accident and you need the phone’s finder or the good samaritan to know your personal details?

    I found one app from the Google Play Store that instantly displays your contact information on the phone’s lockscreen. The app is so simple to use and doesn’t contain complicated options, which is a total turn on for those who are not inclined to the technical side.

    Let me introduce to you the misHaps app. This app is used to display your contact information on the lockscreen during emergencies or if you misplaced your phone. Although it doesn’t have extensive anti-theft or security features such as remotely locking your phone or a face scanner, its simplicity and ability to fulfill its purpose well allured me to using this app.

    Opening the app will take you to its main interface composed of two tabs: Lost Device and Emergency. Under the Lost Device tab, you will be required to fill in your personal information such as your name, email address, and your contact number. You will also need to type your desired title for that tab and compose your own personal message. The default title in this tab is “Lost Device.” You can always change it into a catchy title like “Reward given if found” or “Device will self-destruct when not returned.” You can also add your own personal message for whomever finds your device.

    You can also do the same in the Emergency tab. The app will require you to fill in your emergency contact information. You will need to type in the name of your emergency contact, email address, and the contact number. The Emergency tab also includes the default title “Emergency” and a brief message. You can also change the title and compose your own personal message. You can make “Please perform CPR” as a title and the steps on how to perform CPR as the message in this tab. You can also tell someone where you kept your emergency drugs and how to administer them.

    The misHaps app might save your life when unfortunate events occur. To preview your created tabs, tap the eye symbol at the upper-right corner of the screen.

    To fully customize the app, you can go to settings and set your desired options. You can access the settings menu by tapping on the setting symbol at the upper-right corner of the screen. Here you may enable/disable misHaps, adjust delay time, adjust screen timeout, adjust background color, change font color, and a lot more. You can also choose which category to display–choose the Lost Device tab, Emergency tab, or both. You may even set which tab to display first.

    The app is intended to work together with your phone’s stock lockscreen.  It may not work as expected if you changed your lockscreen with a custom one.

    With the misHaps app, anyone can easily learn your contact and emergency information without having to unlock your device. Make sure people can help you when mishaps occur.  Download the misHaps app today from the Google Play Store for US$1.00.

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