How to find your lost or stolen Android 5.0 Lollipop device

How to find your lost or stolen Android 5.0 Lollipop device
Yesterday, someone at PA who's totally writing an article about it at this very moment, lost their beloved LG G3 on their way home from work. After an appropriate, medically-recommended amount of cursing, they looked up ways to find lost Android smartphones with a location-based approach. Android Device Manager came up first on the list, and thanks to it, the missing G3 was found inside - you guessed it - their automobile, tucked comfortably between the driver's seat and the handbrake. 

After trying to explain themselves how come the space between the seat and brake was so precisely calculated as to perfectly hide a slipped LG G3 in its embrace, they sat down to share the method with PA readers, wishing them that they never, ever have to resort to it.


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10 Comments

1. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 930; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

Samsungs (findmymobile) one is better and you dont even need to have GPS turned on.

2. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Just tested my tab s findmymobile work on the second attempt. First attempt failed. Best is don't lose the device.

3. shy2papa

Posts: 336; Member since: Jan 23, 2010

Awsome

4. alexvv

Posts: 165; Member since: Oct 16, 2013

and how exactly are you going to open gps and data remotely when the phone that was stolen from you is switched off or the one who stole it deactivates you google account and factory reset it?? pretty useless....

5. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

You did not have even a basic lock set? They can't do that easily without access, the most you could do is turn it off an pop sim if its locked. Use a screen lock.

6. finestgq1

Posts: 35; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

ADM is nice but Cerberus works even better. Cerberus works best with root. The app will be hidden.

8. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Can the app defend against boot to recovery, follow by a factory wipe?

9. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

No. But my Note 4 can't be reactivated after factory wipe without a password. If stolen, the thief has an expensive ogle he can't use.

10. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Good to know that password is mandatory. Make it less attractive to steal phone.

7. Vanco3

Posts: 9; Member since: Jan 30, 2015

They really need to add the feature to turn on location settings remotely for this app. The find my phone feature on the iphone allows you to do that and this is one of my biggest complaints. If anyone knows of a device locator in which you can remotely toggle locations setting on/off please let me know.

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