How to find or wipe your lost Android phone with Google's new My Account location

How to find or wipe your lost Android phone with Google's new My Account location
The reason that not many people are using the "find my phone" or "find my friends" functions that both Android and iOS offer, is that they are pretty deeply buried, and a chore to set up. Yesterday, Google tried to solve at least the first part of the problem, and with this how-to we will try to solve the rest.

Yesterday, Google announced that it is moving the "Find My Phone" option from its dark and deeply secret for anyone but its coders place in the gut menus of the web Play Store version. Yep, that's precisely where the Android Device Manager and its phone finder were located, but no more.

Google took out the little device manager to see the green grass and the blue sky, and placed it in the much more suitable, but still obscure for the average user myaccount.google.com place. Given that it has the propensity to make an app out of everything, and sometimes two or three of them for similar tasks, perhaps that's as good as it gets, though. Here's how to set your Android phone finder from its new whereabouts:

1. Go to myaccount.google.com, and log in with the account you are using on your Android phone, if you haven't done so already. Alternatively, on your phone you can simply say “Ok Google, show me my Google account” to Voice Search, and Google will take you there, or type that in the search box. In the future, you will be able to simply key in your name to get to My Account;

2. You will see a Find My Phone section, click on the "Get Started" link;

3. Choose the Android gear you want found, and carry on with the desired settings for locating, sending a finder message, ringing it up, or wiping it clean, if all else fails. Needless to say, you have to have allowed location tracking on the phone itself. That's all there is to it.

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9 Comments

1. oldhamletman

Posts: 72; Member since: Sep 03, 2011

another biased article... windows phone has had both of these features for amost 6 YEARS, yeah years.... and it's set up by default and it's no hassle at al

3. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Third party apps have had them longer than that.

6. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 966; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

This is worse than a biased article, it's downright false right from the start. "not many people" use Find My iPhone? Based on what source? This is completely made up. Every single customer that comes in to my store with an iPhone has Find My iPhone enabled by default. This is an extremely common feature enabled on iOS. Sure, Android makes it difficult to set up, but iOS pushes that option without people knowing. I'd edit this article and maybe have an editor read it before posting it next time.

7. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I assume you meant to reply to oldhamletman instead of me.

8. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 966; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Shoot I hit the wrong Reply button, my bad

9. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

NP, even I make mistakes once in awhile. ;-)

2. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

if Daniel P do not know windows phone had it for a long time, and phone arena wont do nothing for their bias post, just visit the website with your ad blockers on

4. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

For the guys talking about windows... android has this for quite some time now. Device manager. Is this the new name of it or?

5. Eraman

Posts: 162; Member since: Dec 13, 2015

Did you ever heard about  BlackBerry Protect ?

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