The “Find My Device” feature on Android has been around for a few years, replacing Android Device Manager as a way to find your lost Android phone or lock it remotely if you are concerned that it may have been stolen.
Here’s everything you need to know about functionality and how to get the most out of it to give you at least some peace of mind when you lose your phone.
Configuration and features
The first thing to do is to activate the location settings on your device (Settings -> Security and location -> Location -> Activated).
You can use a web browser on PC, Android, other devices or go to the Play Store to download the Find My Device app. If you use the app, you will of course have to install it on a device other than the one you lost. (You don’t need the app on the lost device.)
Whether you’re using the app or your browser, you need to be signed in with your Google Account credentials to start using it.
We will illustrate the process using Chrome on PC, which is probably the most universal way to use this feature. Make sure you’re signed in to your Google account on Chrome, then go directly to “Find my device” page.
From there, you can manage all of the Android devices associated with your Google Account, by toggling between them using the drop-down menu under the map.
Click the Ring button to make your Android phone ring at full volume.
The Recover button will take you to a screen showing your devices. Click on one of them, enter your Google credentials and you will be taken to a screen showing you your recent security events.
You will also see options to lock your phone, log out or even erase all data on it. (This will permanently delete all data from your phone, do this only if you are convinced that it has been stolen.)
This feature is so useful that it deserves to be mentioned from time to time as really everyone should use it. Thanks to such features, smartphone theft is on the decline. because it allows you to lock thieves out of your phone, making it useless for them.
Now that you’ve hopefully got your Android phone back, why not celebrate by playing some of the latest mobile games for it? Or create a neat streaming setup at home with the best DLNA streaming apps for Android.
Image credit: Android Google Find My Device app on Samsung s8 screen by DepositPhotos
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