Today, smartphones have become an important part of our life as it holds all of our contacts, photos, music, emails, etc., but what if we lost it? We become furious as our prestigious details are stored into it. Have you ever forgot your Galaxy S 4 at a cafe shop, dropped your Nexus 7 between the sofa cushions, or searching your tablet here and there before going outside is part of your morning routine? In all such cases, the new Android Device Manager is here to help you. It helps Android users to find out their lost or missing smartphone/tablet. Just like Apple’s Find My iPhone, Android Device Manager lets you to find the location of your device (accurate to 25 meters) on a map, ring your handset at maximum volume (also if it’s set to silent), even lock and delete all the data. Step-by-step guide for using Android Device Manager is provided here in order to find your lost phone or tablet.
The company has made this service accessible for all devices that run Android 2.2 (Froyo) or higher, and you just need to be signed into your Google account. Currently, the service is live on several Android devices and on the web, also Android app will be offered soon to easily manage and find your devices. The service works well with regular Gmail accounts, though it doesn’t seem to be co-operated with Google Apps accounts. One major advantage of the service is that if your phone has been stolen or can’t be recovered, you can speedily and securely wipe out all of the data on your device. Unfortunately, you can’t send a message to your missing device just yet, a handy feature for it is expected to be available in the future.
In order to get started the use of the service, your device should have received the backend update that provides the site authorization to access your device. You need to have an active Android device before you can utilize Android Device Manager – shop for devices on the Google Play store.
Turn ON Android Device Manager
Those who use a tablet with many users just the tablet owner, is able to manage the settings for Android Device Manager. First of all, check out phone’s apps menu and open Google Settings and then touch Android Device Manager. Now turn ON the options like remotely locate this device and find its accurate place on Google Maps. If you have phone that runs 4.1 and above, then location access should be enabled as well. For turning it ON, go to Google Settings > Location > Access location. After that, let remote factory reset, and wipe out all data on your device. Touch this option, and to turn ON the device administrator, choose Activate.
How to get started the use of Android Device Manager?
Just head over to android.com/devicemanager, and sign in to your Google Account. In case you are using a Google Apps account, then you need to sign in to your My Devices page. A notification will be received by all the devices that are linked with your Google Account to enable it if it’s turned off. Suppose you have more than one phone, choose the arrow next to the phone name to alter it. If you wish to rename the phone, then go for Edit icon given in Pencil sign. As soon as your phone is found, you can view the accurate place of phone shown with a blue circle on the map. As well, you will get information about the name of the place where the phone is located, the time when it was located, and when it was last used. Use different options provided to you – Ring and Erase Device.
In case, you don’t find your phone in Android Device Manager, or if you notice Unknown location although your phone being online and running Google Play services version 3.2.25 or above, then go through below mentioned steps:
- On your phone’s apps menu, open Google Settings; and Touch ‘Android Device Manager’.
- Next, uncheck ‘Allow remote factory reset’.
- Then, head over to your phone’s main Settings menu, subsequently touch Apps > All < Google Play services.
- Touch ‘Clear Data’, which doesn’t wipe out personal data.
- Again visit Google Settings and choose ‘Allow remote factory reset’.
- Last but not least, restart your phone. After your phone restarts, wait for nearly 5 minutes and refresh android.com/devicemanager.
Note that Android Device Manager will not work for phones, which are powered off. In case, your phone is offline, then it will not ring or erase the phone until there’s a Wi-Fi connection or mobile data. Choose Erase Device in advance, and your phone’s data is deleted when it’s back online.