How to Use Google’s Find My Device to Find Your Lost Android Phone

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There are many things you definitely don’t want to happen in life. One of those things is misplacing or losing your smartphone. And it’s not just because you’ll have to buy a new one or it will become an extra expense. The main reason behind this is the data stored in the device. Modern smartphones contain a lot of personal data, login credentials, bank details and other important data that you cannot risk losing.

If in an unfortunate situation, you have misplaced or lost your android phone, there is a built-in function called Find my device Comes with almost all Android smartphones allowing users to remotely locate the lost phone and then lock or erase it.

The integrated Find my device The Android OS feature allows users to locate their lost smartphone by going to ‘https://www.google.com/android/find’ or downloading the Find My Device app from play store.

However, there are some things you need to keep in mind for the feature to work.

  • Make sure the phone is running Android 8.0 or higher
    Head to Settings → About → Software information → Android version
  • Make sure Find My Device is turned on

Head to Settings → Security or Security & Location → Find My Device

  • Make sure location services are enabled
    Head to Settings → Location → Check if services are enabled
  • Check that Google Play visibility is enabled
    Open play.google.com/settings → Visibility → Choose device.
  • Make sure the phone is connected to the internet via mobile data or Wi-Fi
  • Make sure the phone is linked to a Google account

Steps to find lost, stolen or misplaced Android smartphones using Find My Device

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Go to ‘https://www.google.com/android/find’ using any web browser and any device

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Log in with the Google account associated with the smartphone

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Once connected, it will start showing last location, connectivity and battery life.

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On the right side of the page, you will see the current location of the phone.

Click the location pin to start navigation

Find My Device also allows users to secure the phone remotely and wipe it in the worst case.

Steps to Secure Your Android Smartphone Remotely
On the Find My Device page, you will find three options on the left plane: Play Sound, Secure Device, and Erase Device.

Play Sound: This option will make your phone ring for five minutes at full volume even when the phone is in silent mode. This can be useful in case you have misplaced your phone somewhere around the house or somewhere friendly.

Secure device: This option locks the phone remotely with a PIN, password or screen lock. It also allows users to leave a message and phone number to display on the locked screen.

Erase device: This option is your last best bet to secure the data stored on the phone. Also note that wiping your phone will erase all your data stored in the device’s native storage, including Find My Device. So be sure to use it as a last resort.

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