No mater how careful you are with your electronic devices, there is a good chance you’ve experience losing a smartphone or might lose one. Whether you miss placed it or you ran into a skillful pickpocket hand.
This can be so painful and depressing, however, don’t loss hope. Thanks to the phone location tools that Google has baked into the Android OS you phone can be tracked and located.
However, this is only possible as long as you’ve gone through the process of setting things up ahead of time. This is typically something set up by default when you first logged into your phone by signing up to your Google account, G-mail, thus, you find your phone if it goes missing.
Google’s Find My Device, makes it possible to remotely track your Android phone, as well as play a sound on it, lock it, and erase data if you want.
How to Setup Google Find My Device on your phone.
The advancement in technology has made a lot of processes easy. Newer Android phones, comes with a shortcut to the Find My Device service. It is already located conveniently in your Settings app, but you might still need to download Find My Device from the Google Play Store to get it set up. This locating service has merge with Google to make finding your phone easier. There are just a couple of things you’ll need to activate.
- Launch Settings.
- Tap Security & lock screen.
- Tap Device administrators.
- Tap Find My Device so that a check-mark appears in the checkbox.
- Tap the back button in the top left corner of your screen.
- Tap the back button again in the top left corner to return to the main Settings menu.
- Tap Location in the main Settings menu.
- Tap the switch beside Location at the top of the screen so that it turns on.
- Tap Mode.
- Tap High accuracy so the circle is filled in. Tap the back button in the top left corner.
- Tap Google Location History.
- Tap the switch beneath Location History so that it turns on.
- Tap the switch beside your device so that it turns on.
Finally, your phone is now activated for Google find my Phone, hence it is save. However, You should also be aware that you can’t track your phone unless it’s switched on and connected to a mobile or Wi-Fi network.
How to Track Your Android Phone.
- 1. Search Find My Device on Google.
The first thing you’ll want to do is head over to Find My Device, or simply, search it in Google, then click the link to get started.
- 2. Sign Into Your Google Account (Gmail)
Next, you’ll need to sign into your Google account using your email and password. This shouldn’t be too hard, as long as you remember them.
- 3. Select Your Device
Next, you’ll be presented with the site. On the left at the top with a list of the devices you’re signed in to you’ll probably only have one or two of these, so it’s likely the right device will already be selected.
- 4. Map Out Your Phone Location
After selection, it will bring you to a page. Although, majority of the page is taken up by a big map, but there is a pin on it which is pointing straight where your device is.
If Find My Device can’t locate your phone, you can try again by clicking the round arrow by the image of your phone, which will tell the tracker to try again. Hopefully this time, it’ll find your device.
With Find My Device open, you have three options to choose from:
- You can play a sound so that it makes noise (even if you had it on silent). This feature is helpful if the map indicates that the phone is within earshot and you simply can’t see it.
- You can secure your device so that the finder can’t access your home screen. This feature is most helpful if your phone wasn’t previously secured with a passcode or a fingerprint sensor.
- You can erase your phone. This is the best option if you know for certain that you aren’t likely to retrieve your phone.
However, if you are trying to locate your phone with Find My Device and it doesn’t seem to be working, the most likely cause is that your phone is not currently connected to Wi-Fi or an available network. In this case, it’s important to keep trying; the moment your phone does make that connection, it will appear on the map.