Android Device Manager now active, ready to help you find your lost or stolen phone
There are even some tools for those who know that their Android phone is in the house somewhere, and has tried to escape along with the television remote and about 5 to 6 pairs of your socks. The difference is, using Device Manager, you can have your phone ring at full volume for as long as five minutes. We could see this being used as a form of torture, but we have to add that you probably have a great chance of finding your phone using this feature. And with the website, PIN numbers can be changed even if the phone is in the hands of some thief hundreds of miles away.
First thing you need to do is to install the Google Apps Device Policy app on your handset, a free download from the Google Play Store. Then you can register your phone with the service. There will be occasional check-ins. And while many of these features have been seen before for Android phones from security apps like Lookout, this is the first time that Google itself has offered this type of protection.
Recently, law-enforcement officials have requested that handset manufacturers come up with a remote kill switch in order to reduce the staggering high number of smartphone robberies that have afflicted major metropolitan areas like New York City and San Francisco. Those two cities have some of the most alarming theft rates in the nation for smartphones. While criminals used to exclusively target the Apple iPhone, the Samsung Galaxy S III and Samsung Galaxy S4 are now also being ripped off in record numbers. Samsung itself is now offering LoJack for the Samsung Galaxy S4.
source: AndroidDeviceManager via SlashGear
1. james004 (Posts: 486; Member since: 15 May 2013)
well unlike blackberry android phones dont have an unique id for itself so its really easy to erase entire phone from recovery.
2. suavemezie (Posts: 64; Member since: 21 Jun 2012)
This only works if your phone still has your number in it and still active on your profile. if the thief has already logged in to another Google account with a different phone number, not gonna work.
3. PapaSmurf (Posts: 9070; Member since: 14 May 2012)
It's getting bad reviews on GP... I'll hold off and continue to use Comodo and Lookout.
7. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5975; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Yup-per. It doesn't seem ready for prime time. I am sticking with Lookout.
4. noim1 (Posts: 297; Member since: 15 May 2012)
What if the thief just erases everything and Flashes a new ROM?
9. james004 (Posts: 486; Member since: 15 May 2013)
he will have smile like your profile picture and person whose phone got stolen would be crying.
5. sum182 (Posts: 229; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)
Curious how it works cause it can't seem to find my DNA, though i am running a custom 4.3 rom, but i didnt think that should matter....thought i had all my GPS settings enabled...?
10. htc_evo_3d (Posts: 84; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)
I found my htc_evo_3d accurately around 10 metres. have not enabled GPS at all. works like a charm !!!
12. bittertruth247 (Posts: 31; Member since: 03 May 2013)
This is why everyone should lock their smartphones with any app lock that the phones come with! There is no reason to buy a $700 phone for $1 and get mad because someone got into it! Not only do I have all of my smartphones with locked with a code but if for some reason a person is good enough to get into it, I also have each individual app locked with a code as well! Except for incoming calls, you will not be able to see my texts, pictures, emails, games, etc unless I provide the code! It's called a "smartphone" for a reason!
13. SellPhones82 (Posts: 567; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)
At least this does not require you have another Android device in order to locate you device. A website is so much more convenient and can be checked from anywhere! Tried it this morning and was surprised that it worked (pulled up my phones location on the map) since I had yet to tick the box under Security- Device Administrator to activate it. I was upset to find that the similar feature on my son's iPad mini requires you to have another iDevice in order to locate it. Well what if I only have one or lost both that I had at the same time? Kinda makes it a worthless feature then?
15. gme109 (Posts: 1; Member since: 08 Aug 2013)
I've got to say, I'm really disappointed in Google's Android Device Manager.
For one, it looks like it can't ease the SD card, for two, you can't just lock the device down, instead of ease, and three, all someone has to do if they find your device is go immediately to settings and deselect Android Device Manager, and then you can't ease anything. Android Lost from the Google Play store allows you to ease your SD card,lock your phone, and still track it, and now it even completely hides the app, so no one can uninstall it. Nice try Google, but this feature is not ready for prime time.