Yes, we’re sure you take good care of your phone and keep all security measures at hand. Yet losing your device or theft can totally mess you up. If you have pre-installed a phone recovery or anti-theft app, then tracking your devices becomes easier. However, if you haven’t, you need to read this article and discover manual ways to track your lost Android phone.
Track your lost Android device with Google’s Android Device Manager
Android Device Manager is Google’s official tool to track Android devices. You’re not required to have the tool installed on your device, rather it’ll work for you if you’re connected to your Google Account. You’ll simply have to visit Android Device Manager while being logged in to your Google Account. Once the website is loaded, figure out the current and exact location of your device. If you have registered multiple devices with the same Google Account, make sure you choose correct device out of them.
Android Device Manager will not only allow you to track your device but also let your phone ring, and wipe out phone’s data.
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Remote control and track your smartphone with Android Lost
If you’re running an Android below 3.0 version and have lost your device, worry not. Android Lost is your app. You can remotely install the app on your device and activate it by sending an SMS. Follow the below mentioned steps to perform this.
- You’ll have to navigate the Android Lost app on Google Play Store and simply click on install button.
- Make sure that your device is connected with your Google Account.
- Once the app is installed, you can use another device and text “androidlost register” on to your device.
- This SMS will trigger your device location and will be sent to you on your Google Account.
Note: This method is applicable only on Android devices running 3.0 version.
Use Google Maps Timeline to track your lost Android phone
Google’s Timeline is another great feature to track your lost Android. Unlike Android Device Manger, Timeline doesn’t track down your device but rather marks the locations you have visited. You simply have to go to your Timeline and select day from the calendar. Left sidebar will display all locations (along with their names) you have visited on the day. Right sidebar, on the other hand shows map view of all locations saved on your device. Timeline also helps you trace your device even when its turned off, with the last location recorded on Google. However, if your device is stolen and its account details are changed, it would be difficult to trace your device with Google’s Timeline feature.
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Use Samsung’s Find My Mobile to find your phone
This one is only for Samsung users!
Fortunately, Samsung too has an in-built device tracker for instances when you have lost your device or if its stolen. All you need is internet access, a Samsung account and a registered device with remote function enabled.
So now when you have lost your Samsung phone, don’t worry. Simply head over to Find My Mobile website and sign in with your Samsung account. Now, all you need to do is select ‘Locate my device’ in the sidebar and click on the ‘Locate’ button. If your device is connected with internet and its remote controls are enabled, you’ll be able to see the approx. location of your device.
Use Dropbox to find your stolen phone
Dropbox can also be a lifesaver if you have lost your phone. Little twisted but it’s another hack for tracking your lost Android phone. For it to work, you need Dropbox installed on your device and the ‘Camera Upload’ feature activated. Dropbox tracks and saves location every time you click a photo with your phone. Having said that, if after losing your device anyone takes a picture with it and Dropbox is still installed (without any alteration in its settings), you’ll be able to track the location of your device via its ‘Camera Uploads’ feature.
- Visit the webpage.
- Log on with your registered account.
- Go to Camera Uploads feature.
- Click on the last picture taken from your phone.
- Find its location and trace your device.
These are some of the ways with which you can track your lost Android device. We hope you don’t lose your phone anytime, but if you have then simply refer to the above guide.