Missing your Android phone? Google will help you find it

Missing your Android phone? Google will help you find it
If you've misplaced your Android handset or have had it stolen, it is Google to the rescue. The tech titan announced today that if you can't find your Android handset for one reason or another, you can go to Google on your desktop computer and ask it to "find my phone." For this to work, you need to have the latest version of the Google app installed on your handset.

Once you are on the Google main page and you type in "find my phone," a map appears that will show you exactly where your handset is. And by clicking on the "Ring" icon at the bottom of the screen, Google can make the phone ring for 5 minutes at maximum volume. That will surely grab someone's attention. Android Wear users now have the ability to find their lost or stolen timepiece by asking Google to "find my watch."

30 million Android users have used the similar capabilities available with the Android Device Manager app to find their lost or stolen phone. The latter also has additional features that allow Android users to remotely wipe the data on their phone in order to prevent information from falling into the wrong hands. With the app, Android users can also remotely reset their PIN.

Whether you are using the Android Device Manager app or just using Google.com on your desktop, you can find your lost or stolen handset or watch simply by asking Google to find it for you.


source: VentureBeat

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13 Comments

1. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

A thieft just do the factory reset and activate as normal and this feature will be useless. Google need to do better job with this feature..

3. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

You need to do a better job with your grammar.

2. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Ill just go to recovery and wipe and tada!

7. joe1blue

Posts: 169; Member since: Jul 25, 2013

you'll be surprised how many people don't know about that though

8. vincelongman

Posts: 5724; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

But how will you find my password to use it? (if I have 5.1 & Device Protection)

10. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

right now that is a very low concern with the 5.x adoption rate. When it gets higher then it will be a good deterrent.

11. vincelongman

Posts: 5724; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Lollipop 5.0's adoption rate is faster than KitKat's Lollipop 5.1's adoption rate is faster than Lollipop 5.0's So Lollipop will be at at least 40% by next year Not bad at all for Android

14. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I can play copy paste: Hey great, doesnt help people right now. That is a great feature though and one i wish ALL phones had. Right now MS has had this for years, with win10 they will have the same type of option including rom swap protection option too. I cant wait for the day more people know about this because every week i get to talk to customers about their 'lost/stolen' phone. Or the stolen phone they bought that was working but now isnt

4. bossmt_2

Posts: 459; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

This is hardly new. I get needing to update for newer users. BUt this has been out for a really long time. Before I had my find my phone app on my Mooto 360 I used it all the time.

15. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Didnt pa do an article about this months ago anyway?

16. Niva.

Posts: 440; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

You know, each one of these phones has unique hardware identifiers, EIMI and serial numbers which are reported by the hardware itself. Ultimately, even if the phone's software is completely wiped clean, when the new user logs into Google services, the hardware can be detected and reported on. I for one don't know if this is what's happening with this update, but people keep saying "do factory reset" and there are ways for security to work around even a reset or complete reinstall.

17. Fellwalker

Posts: 538; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

But it doesn't work when needed. The phone needs to be charged, on and in an area where it gets reception. Having lost his phone I tried to help a friend. I'd previously made sure he had the app installed, but when we went to the find my phone screen it had the phone registered b but just said it couldn't locate it. Didn't even have the last known location! It just showed that the phone had last been online 2 days ago, whereas we know it was on that morning in his house and connected to his wifi. Pretty hopeless really.

18. ophiliajames

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 28, 2015

Sounds really safer with tracking technology Marc. Many of us would have faced the problem at some point of time i.e. missing our mobile phones. All that we do is to search for sometime and end up with disappointment when we don't find it. But it is difficult in the case of tablet like gadgets by using maps and as we can click on the link to ring up the device if you have lost it somewhere near us; your tablet starts to ring louder with full volume through which you can trace it out as I found it different.

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