How do I track my Android phone? There are quite a few tools at your disposal.
Worried about misplacing your phone or (worse yet) having it stolen? Ease your fears and set up a tracking system before your worst case scenario strikes. For best locating results, your phone should be connected to a Wi-Fi signal, but GPS and mobile networks will still manage to pinpoint a fairly accurate location. You must also have a Google account for virtually all of the tracking services available, whether they are built in or downloaded.
How to locate your phone using Google
Most Android phones now come with Find My Device (formerly Android Device Manager) built in. This service will automatically track your phone’s location, so if it ever goes missing you can hop on your laptop or a friend’s phone and find it’s last known location, ring your phone if it’s near by and you need a hint, or lock and/or erase your phone if you fear it has been stolen.
The most important thing you can do is make sure your phone is set up to be found before it goes missing. Otherwise, you’re basically on your own.
How to enable Find My Device on your phone
In newer Android phones, the Find My Device service is already located conveniently in your Settings app, but if you can’t find it you can always download Find My Device from the Google Play Store. This locating service has essentially amalgamated with Google to make finding your phone easier. There are just a couple of things you’ll need to activate.
- Launch Settings.
- Tap Security.
Tap Device Administration.
- Tap Find My Device so that a checkmark appears in the checkbox.
- Tap the back button in the top…
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