How to remotely find, lock and wipe your Android
0. phoneArena 24 Sep 2013, 04:23 posted on
Ever had one of those incredulous episodes where you're forced to go hunting your phone – a quest that more often than not includes a descend into the depths of the living room couch?...
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1. scriptwriter (Posts: 396; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)
I've tried doing this for troubleshooting purposes. Its near enough impossible if your phone is inside. Plus the whole setup of this feature takes for forever and is tiresome. Its just whole lot easier to get your network to block the phone if you've lost it or had it stolen
4. Chris.P (Posts: 548; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)
That's like completely, 100% untrue. It's easy, hassle-free and just works. The only reason the guide above is as extensive as it is because its aimed at beginners.
It took me under a minute to work it all out and test it.
2. Dingy_cellar_dweller (Posts: 247; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)
Just turned it on and I rang the phone, worked well and at the same time pin pointed the phones location with Google Maps.
Better than any paid App.
5. JDMC..SmartphoneFan (Posts: 8; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)
Excellent, a good way to protect your device (y)
7. T-rex (Posts: 151; Member since: 22 May 2013)
What an awful waste of words, the whole first paragraph
8. torr310 (Posts: 791; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)
What's the point of the first paragraph all about? Get to the point.
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10. akita256 (Posts: 80; Member since: 26 Jan 2012)
OK, two questions (from a novice):
1) If you don't have a password already set on your lock screen, can you establish one remotely or can you only change a password you have already set?
2) What kind of secondary device do you need to use in order to send the commands to your phone? Do you have to borrow someone else's phone or can it be done using a laptop, tablet, or PC?
12. Crossblade (Posts: 210; Member since: 21 Apr 2005)
1) Setting a password works no matter if you have one or not; if you have one - it will replace it.
2) You can do it via browser on laptop/PC, etc
13. akita256 (Posts: 80; Member since: 26 Jan 2012)
Thank you for the reply.
In the other article about this on PA, it says that, "the Application Manager is used in conjunction with an app you install on the phone".
So what is the app that has to bee installed on the phone? If I go into the PlayStore, what app do I look for? And is it correct that the Device Manager doesn't have to be downloaded from the PlayStore?
Does the app (or another one) have to be installed on another phone (or PC or tablet or laptop) that is used to send commands to the lost phone as well? Or how do I send commands to the lost phone from my PC........what web site do I go to or what program is needed? And if I do go to a web site from my PC, do I use the phone number of the lost phone to connect to it or some other ID number or some code number that may be provided with the app that was installed on it?
(I wish this article explained all of this)
Thank you again!
11. frydaexiii (Posts: 1429; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
This isn't going to work without data network right? For example, I have a Tasker profile that turns off Data when my screen is off, so it's basically useless for that right?
14. MarkArk (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Jun 2016)
Even if your device was stolen and you performed a remote wipe of your data, it's not lost forever. You can restore your wiped data to another machine using Cloud services but it's only possible if previously you'd made backups. Or if your device was somehow returned to you, you can use a recovery tool (for example hetmanrecovery_dot_com/recovery_news/remote_data_wipe.htm) to get back the data contained on an sd card but not from the device's memory.