How to Find a Lost Misfit Shine
I LOVE my Misfit Shine. It's a great fitness and sleep tracker, and my favorite thing about it is that it can be worn so many different ways and still be effective (and the fact that it's waterproof doesn't hurt either). However, I recently had a run-in with the Shine's one fatal flaw: it's infuriating tendency to get lost.
I checked several blog reviews and message boards, and the comments all told the same story; everyone loves the Shine, until it pops out of the wrist band, falls off while clipped to your shoe laces, or just mysteriously disappears without a trace. Fortunately, some of the comments I read offered some extremely helpful and much-needed advice on how to locate your lost Shine. I followed the instructions and was able to narrow down my Shine's location and find it-- what a relief! If yours is lost, hopefully these instructions will help you locate it too.
Can Your Shine Be Located?
First, it's only right to mention that there are circumstances where your Shine is probably lost forever. The methods I'm about to explain work only if your shine's bluetooth signal is in range, so if you've lost it while kayaking in the ocean, while on a long cycling ride, or simply have no idea when or where it disappeared, you're probably out of luck.
On the other hand, if you've lost your Shine inside your home, in your yard, at the gym, on a sports field, basketball court, or other smallish, contained area, these methods can help. Here's how to get started.
Is Your Shine Nearby?
If you believe you've lost your Shine somewhere close by, try this method first.
The Misfit app comes with a built-in option to flash the lights on the device to help you locate it. Simply open your Misfit app on your phone or tablet, choose the DEVICE tab, then press the SHOW MY SHINE button at the bottom (see screenshot below). If your device is close enough to establish a connection and the battery isn't dead, the lights will flash.
If you don't know where your Shine is yet, keep this method in mind to try after you've narrowed down its location using the second method below.
Not Sure if Your Shine Is Close?
If you're not sure where you've lost your Shine but you want to try and figure it out, the second method is the one you should start with. This one scans for your Shine's bluetooth signal. If the signal shows up, it means your device is close. Follow the instructions below to get started.
Step 1: Get The App
Install the Bluetooth 4.0 Scanner on your smartphone. It's free. Hooray!
Step 2: Open the App and Start Your Scan
Once you've installed the app, open it and select "Low Energy Scan" from the drop-down menu. The "Classic Scan" option is the default, so you will need to change this setting in order for your Shine's signal to show up on your phone.
Step 3: Be Able to Recognize Your Shine's Signal
Once you've set the app to "Low Energy Scan," press the "Start Scan" button. Your Shine's signal will have "Texas Instruments, Inc" listed as the vendor, and the word "Shine" in the description field.
Step 4: Search for Your Shine
The range of a bluetooth signal is about 30 feet, so start where you think your Shine is most likely to be. If the signal shows up, great! You'll know you're on the right track and that you just need to look a little closer in that general area. Remember that your Shine is magnetic, so it might be stuck to something. If you manage to get close enough, don't forget you can use the SHOW MY SHINE button on the app to make it flash. If you're indoors and can turn off the lights and watch for it to light up, it can make finding your Shine a lot easier.
If your Shine's signal doesn't show up on the scanner, walk slowly around the area you think it's lost in. When the signal pops up, you'll know you're getting close. I was lucky enough to lose mine in my home, and the bluetooth scanner was able to narrow the signal down to a single room in the house, where I eventually found it wedged in the fold of my desk chair.