Losing your phone can be stressful. But there is a way to ease the pain a little. You can search for lost Android phone using built-in Android tools. Here’s how:
Android smartphones currently come with Find My Device as standard. If you lose your phone, you can use your laptop or a friend’s phone to find out where he last sent a signal thanks to this Google service that automatically tracks your phone’s location. To access the Find My Device map, simply type “Where’s My Phone” into Google Chrome while signed in to your Google account. On the map, the green icon indicates the exact location or general area of the last signal your phone received.
Find My Device may not be able to determine your exact location on the phone; Alternatively, it may only be able to get close to it based on your location and your internet connection. It might only be able to tell you, for example, that the phone is within 50 miles of it. But nonetheless, it can help your approach. If using Find My Device doesn’t help you find where your phone is, there may be a signal issue. Try again to see if you can get a refund.
Find My Device also displays the phone it’s currently connected to, the phone’s signal strength, and remaining battery life. However, you will not be able to receive the updated phone locations once the battery is dead.
Sometimes finding a phone’s location isn’t enough, so Find My Device offers three additional features to help you locate the phone and protect your data.
Audio playback: If your phone was on vibrate or silent last time, pressing this button will make it ring continuously for 5 minutes. This way, even if the lost phone is hidden under a bush you sat next to for a walk, you’ll be able to hear exactly where it is if you get close to it. Alternatively, this audio may also inform nearby neighbors where your lost phone is, which may prompt them to report it as lost and found.
Safe device: In addition to locking your phone so no one else can use it, clicking on this section also allows you to enter a message that will appear on your phone screen if someone turns it on. Be brief because space is limited. A phone number can also be entered to reach you, whether it’s the number of the hotel you’re staying at, a friend’s number, or a work phone. This way, without actually accessing your device, anyone can read your message and call the number you list.
Erase device: This should only be used if your lost Android phone contains very sensitive data as it is like a nuclear option. You can no longer track your phone’s location after clicking Erase device because it permanently deletes all data from the phone, including Find My Device information associated with your Google account. The data will be erased if your phone is turned off when you receive the command to erase and restart the device.
Factory reset will remove any original data, accounts, or passwords needed to remotely locate your Android phone, so if your phone is stolen or found and then reset, you won’t be able to rely on any apps or services to find it.
The only option left to you at this point is to block it using its IMEI number. You can dial this number from your phone’s dialer to find this ID, so you’ll need to know it before your phone goes missing. At the very least, blocking the IMEI number ensures that no one else can register the phone on cellular networks. When your phone goes missing, you should call the police as soon as you can and give them the IMEI number.
Prepare in advance to avoid the hassle of recovering a stolen phone. Here are some steps you can take:
Set up two-factor authentication
Two-factor authentication (2FA) must be enabled on all apps that handle sensitive data, such as those that access financial or personal information or those that allow users to make purchases. Once configured, the two-step login procedure provides better protection against any accounts on your device being accessed by an uninvited intruder.
Store IMEI and serial numbers
The IMEI and serial numbers of your phone should always be available, which is an important point to make clear. By calling from your phone dialer, you can quickly find the IMEI number of your device. Your phone uses the IMEI number, which is a special identification, to register with cell towers.
The settings on your phone will show you the serial number. The serial number should be visible if you go to Settings -> About phone. In the event that your phone is stolen and you need to contact the police, having this information is especially useful.
Since you’ve gone through the process of setting everything up beforehand, Google Phone Location Tools is your best bet to get your lost phone back. Given how simple it is for Google to locate your device if you lose it, this really should be something you set up on any device you care about or that has sensitive data stored on it.
Of course, having the freedom to customize your experience as you see fit is one of the benefits of Android.
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