Tracking or finding your Android device is sometimes beneficial in daily life. For example, in some minor cases, you kept the phone hidden in the room or, worst case, if someone stole your Mobile. So in all the circumstances, the Find My Device app is somehow helpful for security and the protection of devices and data.
Whatever the case, finding the Phone using Google Find My Phone app is easy. We discuss finding an Android device or wiping the phone’s data using Google’s official app. If you are using google assistant, you can find your phone easily by voice command. Say find my device, google. Google Assistant will help you to find your phone.
Google Find My Device Settings
Earlier, the option was enabled within the Phone as a setting and enabled by a simple tap. The newer version of devices added this feature in a standalone app that we will discuss later.
To find the Google Find My Device option, navigate to Settings > Google > Security. Under the security option, you can find Google Device Manager / Find My Device.
If the option is disabled, you can enable it so that it will allow the tracking. If you asked for location permissions, allow that too, then Google can track the device effectively.
If you wish to enable the remote data wipe option (useful in the case the device got stolen), enable ‘Allow remote lock and erase’ or ‘Allow remote factory reset’ depending on the Phone you are using.
Install and Enable Google Find My Device
As mentioned above, in the newer version of Android devices, Google added all those features in a standalone application. So by default, none of the features are enabled.
To get all the tracking and data wiping features, you need to download the Google Find My Device app from the PlayStore. But make sure to download the official app from the PlayStore. Find several tracking applications in PlayStore, so find the correct one.
To find the correct app, go to Settings > Google > Security > Find My Device.
You can find ‘Get it on Google Play’ under the Find My Device option on that page.
Click on it, and you will be redirected to the PlayStore, where you can download the application.
Once downloaded and installed, sign in to the service using your Gmail address. It will ask for the password.
Once signed in, you will be asked to allow location permissions. Allow them to proceed. Once the setup is completed, you can see the following options.
Play Sound : PlaySound is helpful if you need to find a device with a ringtone. For example, if you connected the 2nd Phone to your Gmail account and need to find that device, click on the Play Sound option.
The other Phone will start ringing with a maximum sound, whether in vibration or silent mode.
Secure Device: This option is also helpful to lock the device remotely. Like the Play Sound option, if you need to lock the second Phone, click on the Secure Device option, instantly, the other phone will get locked.
It can be unlocked only using the PIN, Pattern, Face, Finger, or whatever the user already adds security.
Erase Device: Erasing the device is the extreme action used when your device gets stolen. If you have some valuable data on the device, you can use this option as a security measure.
Once use this option, all the Phone data get erased so that your data will not reach the other party. But keep in mind that all the data will be lost once erased, and you will not get any access to the Phone via Find My Device App.
Also, this option won’t wipe the data in your external storage. It can only clear the data in the Phone’s internal memory.
How to Locate a Lost Cell Phone
Some third-party tools are available besides the Google Find My device to track and find the lost phone. However, please note that you must turn the phone on to find any smartphone via the internet and using third-party tools. Some people are asking how to locate a lost cell phone turned off. Unfortunately, it is not possible. The tracking apps or tool will work only once the phone is turned on next time.
Here are a few apps and services available to track any lost phone.
Samsung Find My Mobile
Samsung Find My Mobile is a free service for all Samsung users. You need to register with a Samsung account and have a working internet connection on the mobile for this to work. Once needed, you can track the phone from the official Samsung Find My Mobile website.
Lost Android – Track Lost Android Phone
Lost Android is another android tracking app that can find your lost mobile. You can download the application from the Play Store, and once installed; you should provide it with the administrator privilege to work. You can track the device from their official website by signing in with the same Gmail account that you are using on your mobile. The Lost Android can track your android device remotely and wipe data if needed.
One downside of Lost Android is its outdated look and feel. Both app and the website look too outdated, and the UI is boring.
Prey Anti Theft: Find My Phone & Mobile Security
Prey Anti Theft is another third-party tool to track and find the stolen or lost android mobile. It is not so powerful as other apps but can help you track the device remotely using GPS coordinates. The apps are not capable of wiping the data remotely. Due to the recent restriction on the Android OS side, some of the features are missing these times. But you can consider it a security service rather than a full tracking app.