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Remotely lock your Android device with Android Device Manager

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Remotely lock your Android device with Android Device Manager
Early last month, Android users received a gift from Google called the Android Device Manager. Used in combination with an app that you install on your Android phone, the Device Manager allows you to have your phone ring at maximum volume, just in case you lost it in your couch. It also allows you to track the device in real time so that if the phone is lifted by a thief, you can track him and your phone to his lair inside the third stall in the mens' room inside Grand Central Station. And in case you're worried that this master criminal who stole your phone is going to discover your Fantasy Football draft secrets, you can wipe the data completely clean off the phone.

Google has added another very important feature that enhances the safety of your Android model. Now, the Android Device Manager will remotely lock your Android phone. This actually helps you delay that gut wrenching moment when you wipe all data off your phone. With the remote lock, you can buy some time to find the device before you go with the nuclear option.

With the new feature, it doesn't matter if your Android handset is locked down using a pattern, PIN or other method. The Device Manager will override it and allow you to create a new password that will be used to open the handset once it is back in your possession, if it ever is. The feature will also allow you to turn off the screen if it's on. Just make sure that under the security section for settings, the Android Device Manager is listed as a Device administrator.

source: AndroidPolice, AndroidCommunity via SlashGear

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posted on 24 Sep 2013, 02:21 2

1. amiaq (Posts: 509; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)

it's good, but still lack features such as offered by Cerberus, where you can record video etc.

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 04:20

4. jinxed (Posts: 107; Member since: 10 Jan 2013)

Does this app turn on the gps even if the phones shutdown ? Coz first thing thieves do is shutdown ur phone.

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 02:22

2. Scott93274 (Posts: 5348; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)

Nifty app. Assuming that you have all your photos backed up on drop box, there should really be no reason for you to get all upset if you need to Nuke the thing.

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 03:26

3. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

Good to see this, this type of service is already provided by Sammy which is also good.

posted on 24 Sep 2013, 18:37 1

5. akita256 (Posts: 81; Member since: 26 Jan 2012)

So what is the app that you mention that has to be installed on the phone? If I go into the PlayStore, what app do I look for? And I'm assuming the Device Manager doesn't have to be downloaded from the PlayStore?

Does the app (or another one) have to be installed on another phone (or PC or tablet or laptop) that is used to send commands to the lost phone? Can the commands be sent from a device that is only connected to the internet (i.e. a PC or tablet) but which doesn't have a LTE connection?

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