Hi Friends ,In present generation Phones have become a part of Our life and If You lost Your Phone.,let me tell You How to Track & Find Your Android Phone Any Time You Lose It we recommend using Google’s own Android Device Manager. Here’s why.
What Is Android Device Manager?
It wasn’t all that long ago when Lost and Founds were our only hope whenever we would misplace our mobile devices. Locator apps existed back then but were primitive and unreliable, and if your device never turned up, you’d have to write it off as a loss and hope that your insurance would cover it to a useful degree.
But in August 2013, Google rolled out a new feature for all Android devices version 2.3 and above called Android Device Manager, which should be enabled by default on all new devices, but if you aren’t sure then you can follow these instructions to check:
- Navigate to Settings.
- Find the Permissions section and tap Security.
- Scroll down and tap Device Administrators.
- Tap the checkmark to enable Android Device Manager.
- Confirm the permissions popup to complete activation.
If that doesn’t work for you, there’s a second way to enable this feature:
- Launch the Google Settings app.
- Scroll down and tap Security (you may not need this step).
- Under Android Device Manager, enable both checkmarks
ILet’s take a look at what these features actually do and how you can make use of them once Android Device Manager
How to Use Android Device Manager
The very first step is to visit and bookmark the Android Device Manager dashboard. It will ask you to log into your Google account if you aren’t already. Once in, you’ll see a list all of the devices connected to that account.
For each listed device, you’ll see the last known location, the last time it was detected as being online, and four actions you can take:
Locate Device, at the top right, which tries to find your device on demand.
Ring, which forces your device to ring at max volume for 5 minutes. This will work even if your device is set to silent or vibrate! A very handy feature considering that GPS locations are little more than rough approximations.
Lock, which prompts you for a password, then immediately locks the device with that password — even if someone is currently using it. The lock screen is more secure than most third-party lockers, so this feature is especially useful.
Erase, which is basically a self-destruct button. It forces a factory reset on the device, erasing all apps, music, photos, and settings. And if the device isn’t available when you issue the command, it will happen the next time it comes online.
Obviously, the nuclear option should only be considered as a last resort when you’re positive that retrieving your device is no longer possible. As long as you still have a hope of finding it, the lock function will suffice as adequate protection.
The other caveat is that you should always back up your Android data. That way, when you do go through with the nuclear option, you can still salvage whatever was backed up. (Ideally, that would be everything.)
One alternative to the Web dashboard is to install the Android Device Manager app, which is freely available on the Play Store. It’s a lightweight app (clocking in at less than 2 MB). You’ll need to grant it permission to use your location data (obviously), and you’ll have to log into your Google account (just like with the web dashboard).
The two methods are essentially the same, so it’s up to you which one you decide to use.
Third-Party App Alternatives
The two that I most recommend are Lookout and Prey.
Lookout provides a wide range of security features beyond just anti-theft. The free version keeps you safe from malware and viruses, locates your device, allows for a remote alarm, automatically saves device location when the battery gets low, and saves a backup of your contacts so you can download them elsewhere.
The premium version ($3 per month) is where things get interesting. Lookout will snap a photo when it thinks someone is tampering with your device and email it to you. It also blocks suspicious URLs, limits the information that apps can access, and allows you to remotely lock, self-destruct, or post messages to your device.
Prey is a cross-platform solution that acts as an anti-theft measure for smartphones, tablets, and laptops. Any device with Prey installed will be monitored in case it ever goes missing, and it works on Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS.
Free features include remote locating, locking, and wiping for up to 3 devices at a time. Upgrading to a paid account (starting at $5 per month) increases the number of simultaneous devices and introduces a few other features like report generation, Active Mode, and SSL encryption.
Regardless of whether you go with Android Device Manager or a third-party solution, the best defense is to practice good security habits — but no one is flawless, which is why these fallback measures exist.
Now lets take a look at ways to recover a lost or stolen android phone.
2 Easy Ways to Recover A Lost or Stolen Android Phone
Missing Phone Level 1: No Big Deal, I Know It’s Around Here Somewhere
This method should be used if you’ve simply misplaced your phone somewhere within earshot, like if it’s under a couch or in the pocket of a jacket.
With the help of Where’s My Droid application, you can easily find your phone (even if it’s on vibrate or silent mode) by texting it a special code. When your phone receives the code, it will play an alert at maximum volume until you discover the missing phone.
Where’s My Droid also has the ability to reply to you with your phone’s GPS location and a link to it on Google Maps
Step 1: Download and install the free Where’s My Droid application from the Android Market.
Step 2: You’ll want to change the default “secret message” that activates your phone’s alarm since anybody could trigger it if they knew the default setting.
Open Where’s My Droid in the app drawer and change both the Attention word and Attention word GPS.
Be sure to note that for the GPS feature to work, you must have GPS enabled on the phone.
Step 3: When you can’t find your phone, simply send a text message to your phone from another phone with the secret message you set in Step 2. Your phone will immediately play an alert at maximum volume so you can easily find your lost Android phone.
Missing Phone Level 2: It’s Really Lost (or Stolen)
This method should be used if you’ve left your phone in a public area, or somewhere out of earshot. This is especially useful if you left your phone at a bar, restaurant, taxi, or at a friend’s place – somewhere that a person might be holding it for you to pick up.
With the Mobile Defense application (which Ryan previously covered), you can remotely track your phone using its GPS from any browser. You can also perform advanced features like remote lock, backup, or completely wipe your phone to protect your privacy.
Step 1: Download and install the free Mobile Defense application from the Android Market.
You will need to complete a brief registration process after installing Mobile Defense to activate it. Once Mobile Defense has been installed, it will run silently in the background so nobody will ever know it is installed.
Step 2: In the event that you lose your phone, head to the Mobile Defense online dashboard and log in with your account. Click the Map tab to open the remote controls.
On the right side of the screen, you will see any phones you have registered with Mobile Defense. Click Connect to Phone to activate the Mobile Defense software.
When a connection has been established, you will see your phone’s location embedded in a Google Map. With this menu, you can view details about your phone and issue commands. Since this is based on Google Maps, you can view traditional maps, satellite imagery, or a hybrid of the two.
The Details menu contains everything you need to know about your phone’s location, including latitude, longitude, and speed. You can also monitor the phone’s connection status and battery level.
Going back to the main Mobile Defense map, you can click the Alert button to send a message to the phone. If you enable the Sound option, your phone will play an incredibly loud car alarm which will definitely get the attention of whoever has it. The Sound feature could also be useful if you’re physically near the phone but in a large crowd.
The Require Pin feature keeps your message on the screen until a special code is entered.
These are some methods to recover a lost phone.
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