x PhoneArena is hiring! Reviewer in the USA
  • Hidden picShow menu
  • Home
  • News
  • Missing your Android phone? Google will help you find it

Missing your Android phone? Google will help you find it

Posted: , by Alan F.

Tags:

Missing your Android phone? Google will help you find it
If you've misplaced your Android handset or have had it stolen, it is Google to the rescue. The tech titan announced today that if you can't find your Android handset for one reason or another, you can go to Google on your desktop computer and ask it to "find my phone." For this to work, you need to have the latest version of the Google app installed on your handset.

Once you are on the Google main page and you type in "find my phone," a map appears that will show you exactly where your handset is. And by clicking on the "Ring" icon at the bottom of the screen, Google can make the phone ring for 5 minutes at maximum volume. That will surely grab someone's attention. Android Wear users now have the ability to find their lost or stolen timepiece by asking Google to "find my watch."

30 million Android users have used the similar capabilities available with the Android Device Manager app to find their lost or stolen phone. The latter also has additional features that allow Android users to remotely wipe the data on their phone in order to prevent information from falling into the wrong hands. With the app, Android users can also remotely reset their PIN.

Whether you are using the Android Device Manager app or just using Google.com on your desktop, you can find your lost or stolen handset or watch simply by asking Google to find it for you.


source: VentureBeat

18 Comments
  • Options
    Close




posted on 15 Apr 2015, 19:50

1. cncrim (Posts: 790; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


A thieft just do the factory reset and activate as normal and this feature will be useless. Google need to do better job with this feature..

posted on 15 Apr 2015, 20:12 4

3. Scott93274 (Posts: 3695; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


You need to do a better job with your grammar.

posted on 15 Apr 2015, 22:19 2

5. lyndon420 (Posts: 3707; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Pretty hard to do a factory reset if your phone is locked when they find it.

posted on 15 Apr 2015, 22:47 1

6. vincelongman (Posts: 3966; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


AFAIK on 5.0 a thief couldn't, unless if the owner willing unlocked the bootloader (only a problem a minority of powerusers)

And now with 5.1 & Device Protection, even if a thief does a factory reset or flashes a factory image he will still require your password before using it

posted on 16 Apr 2015, 06:12

9. elitewolverine (Posts: 4991; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


so 5% of the billion android devices?

posted on 16 Apr 2015, 06:58

12. vincelongman (Posts: 3966; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Lollipop 5.0's adoption rate is faster than KitKat's
Lollipop 5.1's adoption rate is faster than Lollipop 5.0's

So Lollipop will be at at least 40% of ~1.5 billion devices next year

Why would it matter anyway?
A thief won't sell an old device any
And iPhones are thieves main target as well (far higher resale value)

posted on 16 Apr 2015, 08:12

13. elitewolverine (Posts: 4991; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Hey great, doesnt help people right now. That is a great feature though and one i wish ALL phones had.

Right now MS has had this for years, with win10 they will have the same type of option including rom swap protection option too.

I cant wait for the day more people know about this because every week i get to talk to customers about their 'lost/stolen' phone. Or the stolen phone they bought that was working but now isnt.

posted on 15 Apr 2015, 19:58 1

2. Settings (Posts: 1448; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


Ill just go to recovery and wipe and tada!

posted on 15 Apr 2015, 22:49

7. joe1blue (Posts: 168; Member since: 25 Jul 2013)


you'll be surprised how many people don't know about that though

posted on 15 Apr 2015, 22:50

8. vincelongman (Posts: 3966; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


But how will you find my password to use it? (if I have 5.1 & Device Protection)

posted on 16 Apr 2015, 06:13

10. elitewolverine (Posts: 4991; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


right now that is a very low concern with the 5.x adoption rate. When it gets higher then it will be a good deterrent.

posted on 16 Apr 2015, 06:57

11. vincelongman (Posts: 3966; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Lollipop 5.0's adoption rate is faster than KitKat's
Lollipop 5.1's adoption rate is faster than Lollipop 5.0's

So Lollipop will be at at least 40% by next year
Not bad at all for Android

posted on 16 Apr 2015, 08:13 1

14. elitewolverine (Posts: 4991; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


I can play copy paste:

Hey great, doesnt help people right now. That is a great feature though and one i wish ALL phones had.

Right now MS has had this for years, with win10 they will have the same type of option including rom swap protection option too.

I cant wait for the day more people know about this because every week i get to talk to customers about their 'lost/stolen' phone. Or the stolen phone they bought that was working but now isnt

posted on 15 Apr 2015, 22:04 2

4. bossmt_2 (Posts: 448; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)


This is hardly new. I get needing to update for newer users. BUt this has been out for a really long time. Before I had my find my phone app on my Mooto 360 I used it all the time.

posted on 16 Apr 2015, 08:13

15. elitewolverine (Posts: 4991; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Didnt pa do an article about this months ago anyway?

posted on 16 Apr 2015, 12:32

16. Niva. (Posts: 417; Member since: 05 Jan 2015)


You know, each one of these phones has unique hardware identifiers, EIMI and serial numbers which are reported by the hardware itself. Ultimately, even if the phone's software is completely wiped clean, when the new user logs into Google services, the hardware can be detected and reported on.

I for one don't know if this is what's happening with this update, but people keep saying "do factory reset" and there are ways for security to work around even a reset or complete reinstall.

posted on 16 Apr 2015, 16:51

17. Fellwalker (Posts: 283; Member since: 04 Apr 2014)


But it doesn't work when needed. The phone needs to be charged, on and in an area where it gets reception. Having lost his phone I tried to help a friend. I'd previously made sure he had the app installed, but when we went to the find my phone screen it had the phone registered b but just said it couldn't locate it. Didn't even have the last known location! It just showed that the phone had last been online 2 days ago, whereas we know it was on that morning in his house and connected to his wifi. Pretty hopeless really.

posted on 28 Apr 2015, 05:10

18. ophiliajames (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Apr 2015)


Sounds really safer with tracking technology Marc. Many of us would have faced the problem at some point of time i.e. missing our mobile phones. All that we do is to
search for sometime and end up with disappointment when we don't find it. But it is difficult in the case of tablet like gadgets by using maps and as we can click on the link to ring up the device if you have lost it somewhere near us; your tablet starts to ring louder with full volume through which you can trace it out as I found it different.

Want to comment? Please login or register.

Latest stories