How to find your lost Android phone

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Worried about your Android phone forgetting to put it or (worse) getting stolen?

Settings menu find my device

Reduce your fears and set up a tracking system before your worst-case scenario strikes. You’ll get the best results if your phone is connected to a Wi-Fi signal, but GPS and cellular networks can still show a fairly accurate location. You’ll also need to have a Google account for almost all available tracking services, both built-in and downloaded.

How to find your phone using Google

Most Android phones now come with Find My Device installed in them. This service automatically tracks your phone’s location, so if you lose your phone, you can track it on a friend’s laptop or phone and find your last known location, your phone if it’s near you, or lock and/or wipe your phone’s data if you’re afraid it’s stolen. .

The most important thing you can do is make sure your phone is set up to be found before it’s lost. Otherwise, you are basically alone. An important point to note here is that you should always have the IMEI and serial number of your phone. You can easily find your phone’s IMEI number by typing *#06# from your phone’s dialer.

IMEI number is a unique identifier, and is used by your phone to register for a mobile network. You can get your phone’s serial number from settings. Go to Settings -> About phoneand you will see the serial number. Having this information is especially useful if your phone is stolen and you need to register a complaint with the police.

Find My Device

Let’s go back to Google’s default apps/settings. You’ll be logged into Find My Device as soon as you set up your phone, but there are times when things just don’t work as they should. In such a case, all you need to do is download the Find My Device app from the Play Store and sign in with your Google account. Once you do, it will remain active on your device, and you will be able to use it to locate your phone remotely.

If you lose your phone, you can find it by logging into your Google account from any computer or even from another phone. Just launch any web browser, navigate to android.com/find , and enter your email address and password if you’re not logged into your Google account on that device. If you have 2-step verification set up in your Google account (and you should definitely do that), you should complete that too.

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With Find My Device open, you have three options to choose from:

  1. You can play a sound so that it makes a sound (even if you set it in silent mode). This feature is useful if the map shows that your phone is within earshot and you cannot see it.
  2. You can secure your device so that searchers can’t access your home screen. This feature is most useful if your phone was not previously secured with a passcode or fingerprint sensor.
  3. You can delete your phone data. This is the best option if you know for sure that you are not likely to pick up your phone.

If you’re trying to find your phone with Find My Device and it doesn’t seem to be working, the most likely cause is that your phone isn’t currently connected to Wi-Fi or an available network. In this case, it is important to keep trying; when your phone makes that connection, it will appear on the map. Here’s a more detailed explanation of how Find My Device works.

If you want to download a tracking app out of fear of a phone crunch, there are a number of options to choose from, and we’ve highlighted some of the choices for you further below. But first, let’s see how you can find your phone inside your home via Google Home.

How to find your phone at home using a smart speaker
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It is very easy to lose your phone by putting it somewhere in your home and forget where you left it. This can be frustrating if it’s time for work or another appointment and you’re frantically searching around the house.

If you have a Google Assistant speaker, you can use the Google Assistant to help find your phone. Your Android phone must be logged into the same Google account as your smart speaker, you must connect a Google account and voice via the Home app, and your phone must be turned on and connected to the internet either via cellular data or Wi-Fi. You’ll also need to enable Find My Device, which you absolutely must enable for whatever Android phone you’re using.

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As long as your phone is on and connected to the Internet, all you need to do is say, “Ok Google, find my phone“, and Google will confirm which device you want find and then activate the ringer – even if your phone is set to silent. With Google Home multiuser support, everyone in your household can use Google Home to find their phone if they get lost as long as they link their Google Account using Voice Match.

How to find your phone with third-party apps

While Google’s default options are definitely your best bet, there are a few third-party options you might want to consider. We’ve broken down the best third-party apps to find your phone below.

Life360 – Family Tracker

Family Tracker App by Life360 is basically a GPS tracker for cell phones but very useful for families with a lot of cell phones in use. Your family members become “Circle”, the app name for a closed group of people who agree to have their phones tracked in real time. Your family members will appear on the map directly within the app as small icons so you can see where everyone is at any given moment.

Prey Anti Theft: Find My Phone & Mobile Security

Prey anti theft app display menu

The Prey Anti Theft app is impressive as three different devices can be protected via one download. You’ll have the ability to sound an alarm from your lost phone, take screenshots if it’s in use, and lock your device when you notice it’s missing. The best part is that it’s completely free to use.

Control your phone remotely : Lost Android

Lost Droid app display menu

Losing Android will allow you to have remote access to your lost phone via their website. Here, you’ll be able to delete sensitive information if you’re afraid your phone will never be returned, or send a message to your phone hoping someone finds it and returns it.

Where’s My Droid

Where's My Droid display menu

The basic features of the Where’s My Droid app allow you to call your phone if you misplace it, find it via GPS on Google Maps , and use passcodes to prevent unauthorized changes to apps on your Android phone. Stealth mode also prevents anyone who finds your phone from seeing your incoming text messages; instead, they will see a customizable attention word that notifies them of the status of their lost or stolen phone.

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Google is your best solution to find your phone

Google’s phone location tool is your best bet – as long as you’ve gone through the setup process beforehand. Really, this should be something you set up on any device you care about or that will store sensitive data on it, especially with how easy it is for Google to make it find your device if you ever lose it.

Of course, one of the advantages of Android is having the freedom to customize your experience however you want. If for any reason Google’s offerings don’t suit you, you should consider the third-party options we’ve highlighted above, as they include some smart features that might give you peace of mind if you lose your device.

If all else fails, block your phone’s IMEI
If your phone is stolen or found and then factory reset, you won’t be able to rely on any app or service to find it; factory reset will erase the original data, account or password needed to remotely locate your Android phone.

Then you have to use the last option to block it with its IMEI number. Doing so will at least ensure that no one else can register the phone on the cellular network. You should contact the police as soon as possible after your phone is lost, and provide the IMEI number. You must also do the same with your carrier or service provider, and it will be added to the blacklist.

There are services such as Stolen Phone Checker in the US and Device Check in Canada and for Indonesia itself there is no complaint service that allows you to enter the IMEI and see if the device has been reported as lost or stolen. There is also IMEI24, which has a global database.