How to find a lost Android smartphone

Worried that you may lose your smartphone or, even worse, it is stolen? Calm down and quickly set up a special tracking system before there is any of the above situations. The best system will work, if your phone is connected to Wi-Fi, and GPS with mobile networks still able to pinpoint the exact location. For this to work, you must also be a Google account, but assuming that we are talking about Android devices, it have to be a priori.

How to find your phone using Google

The majority of Android smartphones now have a built-in feature “Find My Device”. This service automatically tracks the location of your mobile device, so if it disappears, you can just pick up your laptop or a friend’s phone and find his last known location, send him a beep if he’s around and you need to navigate its exact location, or block and/or delete all data if you fear that the phone was stolen.

The most important thing you need to do is make sure that your phone has all the settings to find it before it disappears. Otherwise, you can find it will be much harder.

How to enable “Find My Device” on your phone

In new Android smartphones section of the service “Find My Device” is conveniently located in the main device settings, but you still may need to download the “Find My Device” from Google Play store to configure it. To simplify the search device, the search service is integrated with Google services. To fully prepare for contingencies you need to enable in the settings of your precious device just a couple of additional points.

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Navigate to Safety.

  3. Navigate to the Application device administrators.
  4. Put in the active position the point of Find My Device.
  5. Return to the main menu and this time navigate to the Location.

  6. Move to the active position of the item to Use the location.
  7. Go to location History.
  8. Put in the active position, point location History.
  9. Expand the section Device associated with this account.

  10. Check the box next to your device.

How to find your phone using Google

In case you lose your phone, you can find its location by logging in to your Google account from any computer or even from another phone.

  1. Start your browser from your phone, tablet or computer.
  2. Go to android.com/find.

  3. If necessary, enter your email address and password that you use to log in to your Google account. If your Google account is configured two-factor authentication (and you, of course, should it be set up), you will need to go through all the steps to confirm ownership of this account.

Opening the “Find My Device” you can choose one of three options:

  • You can play the sound using the function Call back to the phone to make a loud alarm (even if the sound was turned off). This feature is useful if the map shows that the phone is within earshot and you just don’t see it.
  • You can Lock your device to be the one who will find, or found, could not access the home screen. This function is most useful if your phone is not password protected or fingerprint.
  • You can Delete all data from your phone. This option is needed in case you know that more will not return your phone.

If you are trying to locate your phone using “Find My Device”, and it seems not to be working, the most likely reason is that your phone is not currently connected to Wi-Fi or other available networks. In this case it is important to keep trying; as soon as your phone connects to the network, it will appear on the map.

App: Find My Device
Developer: Google LLC
Category: Tools
Price: Free
Download: Google Play

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