Android Device Manager helps you find your lost Android phone and remotely wipe data

Android Device Manager helps you find your lost Android phone and remotely wipe data
Always misplacing your Android phone? Google is about to launch a service called Android Device Manager, which is a website that will help you locate your missing Android handset. In combination with an app that you can install on your phone, Android Device Manager will let your phone ring at its maximum volume. The app will also allow you to track in real time the location of your unit. If you're worried that your stolen phone will become a treasure trove of information for the criminals that swiped it from you, the new service from Google will let you wipe the device clean of all data remotely. The site will be up and running later this month and will work for all models loaded with Android 2.2 or higher.

Others have tried and failed to offer the same services to Android users, such as HTC. Sony has launched its My Xperia tracking service that performs the same features as Sammy's new service does. The Korean OEM already offers a similar service for business users, and is beefing it up for consumers. And while the related app will help users find and wipe their device, it isn't necessary to install it on your handset to use Android Device Manager.

Sometime before August turns to September, Android Device Manager will launch giving Android users a level of protection that iOS and Windows Phone users already have.


source: Google via TheVerge

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21 Comments

1. ZeroCide

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

Thats a good feature. Windows Phone has had this for years.

3. Sauce unregistered

As well as iOS. Why would Google wait so long to release this? More power to them. Great feature.

12. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Because, contrary to ios and wp, there were already tons of apps to do the same thing. Anyway, it's good to see an official service from google.

7. sats.mine2k4

Posts: 208; Member since: Aug 10, 2012

Who is talking about windows phone here... Windows phone has to manage 100 users where google has to manage 10,000. so shut up and go back to watching ur sad face on ur live tiles...

10. ZeroCide

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

Some one has Crazy anger issues i was meerly stateing that Windows phone has had this feature for years. If Google only has to manage only 10,000 users they have problems. Both MS and Google manage MILLIONS of users. BTW... I like my live tiles. They are so lively :) Go back under your bridge.

19. gazmatic

Posts: 822; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

we also have push app installations

13. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

I'm sorry but in compare to many years old Cerberus for Android are all the apps for wp and ios just toys ;-)

15. reten

Posts: 43; Member since: Apr 03, 2013

Ya but nobody to use them in windows

16. ZeroCide

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

I've used them and other people i know with windows phones have used the other website features. Saved me a few times when i misplaced my phone.

2. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

These security apps should give me the function to make the device play gay porn at max volume and lock the device from being turned off.

21. jinxed

Posts: 107; Member since: Jan 10, 2013

imagine u misplaced ur phone under the dinner table and u do this..lol.. just reminded me of American Pie

4. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

At last... this should be availble about two years ago

5. Sauce unregistered

Shatter, not sure if it is on Cydia for Android yet, but there is something like that on Cydia iOS. It's hysterical.

6. Igneel

Posts: 19; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

I use Cerberus for security.. So far, I've gotten more than 20 pictures of people who attempted to unlock my phone :P

8. Dorothy69

Posts: 498; Member since: May 21, 2013

Damn, I could've used that app and service a week ago when I lost my Galaxy Note, the barista at Starbucks denied having seen it and further stated that the cameras were only over the register and cashiers. A bunch of thieves they were, probably jealous cuz they all have that other OS, you know, the one that only works with their free wi-fi and is uncustomizable!! Did I just make up a word?? Anyway, got my Note 2 back - accidentally left it at my brother's place. But, boy, was I sweating there for a second (mainly for the memory card). Invested a lot of time downloading bootlegs through tTorrent Pro; didn't want to redownload! This new app/service is a winner in my book.

11. uchihakurtz

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Dude, Galaxy has Samsung Dive which is similiar to this. But it only works on Touchwiz ROMs though.

18. Dorothy69

Posts: 498; Member since: May 21, 2013

Hey, I'm all lady - monthly and all!! Thanks, though, I have this one (the one I thought I lost) on actual stock so maybe I can do some Sammy Dive-ing; the one I "lost" about 4 months ago is rooted so that one needs a different solution, something less official. I probably will "lose" this one again before the Note 3 gets released. Whatever I do, it can't backfire so I must proceed with caution.

9. uchihakurtz

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

About freaking time! The only feature I missed since using Nexus 4 is the Samsung Dive feature. Why didn't they do this this like long ago? Even WP 8 had this natively since God knows when.

14. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

SWEET finally a way too look for my phone now i will uninstall my WHERE'S MY DROID app that i PAID for. because i keep loosing it in the house. or at work sometimes.

17. Dorothy69

Posts: 498; Member since: May 21, 2013

lol..

20. MyJobSux

Posts: 106; Member since: Apr 01, 2012

Feds: "So Google, we need a way to track users easier." Google: "No problem, we can fix that." Feds: "But we dont want people to know that were tracking them." Google: "No problem, we can do that." Feds: "People are getting wise to having to click links, open files or installing apps that dont come from the Play store, so they need to install it without us having to initiate it." Google: "No problem, we can make sure they install it." Feds: "How will you do this?" Google: "We will put out an app to make the user feel empowered over their own device with a backdoor you can use to secretly monitor and or control the device and they will install it thinking their protecting their own device." Feds: "BRILLIANT!"

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