How to remotely find, lock and wipe your Android
Ever had one of those incredulous episodes that force you to go hunting your phone – a quest that more often than not includes a descend into the depths of the living room couch? We sure have. And it's almost never a pretty picture – couch cushions thrown each and every direction, all the while you're trying to fight off the not-so-nice voices in your head that keep pointing out to you just how silly and imperfect you are. Of course, what usually follows is the realization that your phone is actually under the newspaper on the coffee table right in front of you. That's right – you just spent 15 minutes rustling through leftover food from Thanksgiving 3 years ago that somehow got stuck under the seat cushion.
Sure, you may say that we're exaggerating, but we're only doing so to make a point: Google's Android Device Manager is a gem that we have been missing sincerely on the platform. What's more, with the latest update to it, the Manager is actually getting more and more valuable for more than your trivial sparring with home furniture. Namely, apart from the original duo of features that the Android Device Manager launched with – a Ringer and an option to wipe your device's data and settings – it now also has the option of locking your device remotely. More importantly, now that we've had a chance to fiddle with the new lock feature, it feels so essential that we're scratching our heads wondering how Mountain View missed this in the initial version. After all, nobody wants to lose all his data, even if his device is lost or stolen, by sheer virtue of hope that it'll be reclaimed. The new lock options is a life-saver in this very regard.
TLDR? Right. So let's get right to our how-to guide.