Have you ever thought of losing your phone? You need to think about it because sometimes it could happen! Well,if it’s an android phone i can help you. Just go through this post and you will find some serious actions you need to take before losing your phone. I‘m gonna tell you how to safe guard your android phone so that you can find your android device even after it has lost. There is no point in searching like how to find my lost android phone after losing it. So better read this post right from top to end and make your android phone more protected.
How to find my lost android phone?
Find lost android phone using Android Device Manager
Google recently announced a new feature that allows users to track their smart phone by typing the phrase “find my phone” into Google Search. As long as the phone is logged in to a Google account, users will be able to track their device to its approximate location after first verifying their Google account with a password.
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The feature is part of the Android Device Manager app, which allows users to track and manage their Android phones remotely. Previously, users had to install and then log into the ADM app to track their phone; now, as soon they search “find my phone,” they will be taken directly to the Android Device Manager feature within Google Search.
Once the phone’s general whereabouts are known, users can call the phone, prompting the device to ring at top volume for five minutes until it’s found. Users can silence the phone by pressing the power button. If the located Android phone isn’t nearby, they can remotely lock and erase their device from the search result.
If users have more than one Android handset signed into their Google account, they can switch between phones to locate another device. Keep in mind that if the phone is dead or not connected to Wi-Fi or a data connection, it won’t be traceable.
The Google “find my phone” feature is exclusively for Android devices. It won’t work on iOS devices that have the Google app installed. However, iOS devices have their own find my phone app, which works via the iCloud.
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Find lost android phone using Android Lost
- Your device is connected with your Google account.
- Your device has access to the internet.
- You’re not running Android 3.0 or higher.
This is a more complicated way to track your phone. Basically, you need to install the tracking app ‘Android Lost’ on your phone and activate it by sending it an SMS (this can be done from any phone). How do you install something when you don’t have your phone with you? That’s very easy. You can install any app on all your registered devices directly from your browser through the Google Play website. Simply navigate to the Android Lost app and click the install button.
The remote installation process of Android Lost is very straightforward and only requires that your phone is still connected with your Google account. However, in case of theft, you have to hope that the thief doesn’t disconnect from your account.
So here’s what to do:
Step 1: Install Android Lost remotely
Install the Android Lost app remotely via Google Play in your browser and it will be installed on your phone remotely. As already mentioned, your phone still needs to be connected to your Google account. Otherwise, this won’t work.
Step 2: Activate Android Lost (not working on Android 3.0+)
If you are still in the possession of your smartphone or tablet then all you need to do is starting the app. But this is, obviously, probably not the case if you lost your phone. So, to register your device remotely, send an SMS with the text “androidlost register” to your phone. This SMS can be sent from any phone. This will trigger Android Lost to register itself using your Google account credentials.
If you own a tablet, SMS might not be an option. In that case, install “AndroidLost Jumpstart” before you install the actual Android Lost app. It will jump start the registration process when Android Lost is being installed.
Step 3: Log in to the Android Lost website
Visit the Android Lost website and sign in using your Google account. After doing that, you should have access to all remote control features such as the following:
- Read the latest SMS on your phone
- Force your phone to play a loud alarm with a flashing screen. Perfect if you misplaced your device.
- Get the location of your device
- Lock and unlock your phone
- Wipe your entire phone so no private data falls into the wrong hands
- Erase the SD card
- Use the camera to make pictures (front or rear camera) to get a nice shot of the nice person who took your device.
- Here’s the complete feature list
Note that it can take a while for the registration process to complete.
Android Lost is a great tool to get your phone back
I have to say that having the possibility to install and register this tool remotely makes it very powerful in case you lose your device. Unfortunately, The only negative thing I experienced is that the notification of a new app called ‘Android Lost’ could tell a potential thief about what’s going on. Unfortunately, activating Android Lost is only possible on Android Versions older than 3.0.
Requirements to track your android phone before you lose it!
1. Most important: Install a tracking app!
That’s a no-brainer. Having a tracking/anti-theft app on your phone greatly increases the chances of getting it back. There are a lot of different tracking apps but my absolute favorite is Cerberus. It offers a lot of features and is easy to set up. Some of the many options are location tracking, taking videos or pictures with both front or back camera, checking call logs, location history and wiping all data.
You can get Cerberus one week for free, after which you can purchase a lifetime license for currently 4.99€. It’s not a cheap price but it’s money well spent.
2. Activate Android Device Manager (ADM) and Location History
Make sure that both ADM and Location History are activated. Both tools can be a great help when you lose your device. With ADM you can track your device, make it ring and erase its data. Location history shows you the last recorded locations on a map. If someone stole it, then this could help you (and local authorities) to track down the thief’s home address, for example.
To activate both services, select “Google Settings” in your app drawer. Select Security and make sure both options below “Android Device Manager” are enabled. Now, go one step back and select “Account History”. Click on Google Location History and turn it on. Now you’re able to useADM to track your device and Location History to see its last recorded locations.
Have you been able to get back your mobile device after it got lost? How did you get it back? Share your experience with us in the comments!
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