Android Device Manager now offers callback button for lost phones

Android Device Manager now offers callback button for lost phones
The Android Device Manager hasn't been around all that long, but Google has already packed it with most of the essential features that you could want in case your phone has been lost or stolen. The app has just been updated with one more very nice feature that will help quite a bit if your device is lost, but not so much if it has been stolen.

With the newest update, there is a new option along with creating a lockscreen password, which will allow you to add in a message for the person who finds your phone, and even an option to add a phone number. If you add in the phone number, the lockscreen will show a big green button that says "call owner" underneath. So, if a friendly person has found your phone, they can call and arrange a way to get it back to you. These options can also be set via the website, not just the mobile app. 

Of course, as you'll notice, there are two times when this new feature won't help at all. First, if you're setting up this new option for a tablet, adding a phone number would be unhelpful, but you could always set the message to the address of a meeting place and time in hopes someone has found your device. Second and most obvious, if your device has been stolen, none of this will help, because it seems quite unlikely that a thief would call you to return your device.

Still, it's a nice addition to the service. The update should be rolling out to everyone within the next week or two, as is the usual timeline for Google App updates. 



1. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

I love that feature, call owner. Kudos Google!

2. Steven58

Posts: 80; Member since: Nov 25, 2009

Google.. .pioneers.

3. hmd74

Posts: 540; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

My phone was stolen and I told police I found it with Android device manager... 2 months passed and still nothing :|

4. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

ya cause if the person who stole it is a little smart he will hard reset the phone then u can do nothing.

5. zennacko unregistered

Probably he meant "I've told the police I have my phone's location pinpointed, however this doesn't classify as 'hard evidence or probable reason to kick someone's door and TRY to get back your phone while arresting everyone and charging for theft and whatnot'"

6. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Depending on who has lost the phone or tablet.

7. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

just now getting it? Never had to use it on my note 3 didn't know it didn't have this feature. Also PA if you are going to release windows feature articles and always compare it to android, and how long it took for it to catch up etc. why do you not mention this has been a part of WP since wp7 I believe so a few years now?

8. MyJobSux

Posts: 106; Member since: Apr 01, 2012

Now if they will only have it take a snapshot from all the cameras whenever so many incorrect attempts have been made and then email those to you.

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