Good news: As long as it’s turned on and connected to a Wi-Fi or mobile network, track an android device that you do not find is possible. Here we explain how.
We strongly discourage the use of phone trackers to follow people or for any other illicit purpose.
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The application Find My Device (Find My Device) by Google is a must-have for Android users, as well as being one of our favorite Android apps. If you’ve added a Google account to your Android device, Find My Device will be enabled automatically. You can verify that the service is running in Settings (or Settings)> Google> Security> Find my device; make sure this feature is turned on.
The following footage was taken on an LG V40 ThinQ running Android 10. A search tracks all the devices you’re signed in to. Features include tracking your phone, tablet, or smartwatch via GPS, remotely wipe, play a sound, or lock your device.
The app makes it easy to locate your lost device and is free to download from the Play Store. After installing it, you’ll be prompted to sign in and make sure location tracking is turned on. Once the app is installed and running, you will be able to locate your device, as long as it is turned on and connected to Wi-Fi or mobile data.
To track your device, you can also go to Find My Device website in any browser, whether on your computer or another smartphone. If you’re signed in to your Google account, you can type “find my phone” into the Google search box.
If your missing device has internet access and location tracking is turned on, it will find out where it is. One of the great features here is that you can lock the device and write a message with a phone number attached. That way, if someone finds or has your device, all they have to do is press the Call Me button on the screen to call the specified phone number. You can also choose to play a sound (very loud) or wipe the phone remotely.
If you track your phone in a browser, you’ll need to sign in to your Google account. Be sure to sign out if you’ve accessed the service from someone else’s smartphone or desktop browser. If you leave your account connected, anyone with access to that computer will be able to track your smartphone. The app only takes a minute to install and configure, and because it’s so easy to use, it should be your first choice for finding a lost Android device.
If you have a Samsung phone, you can use the service Find My Mobile (Locate my mobile). You will need a Samsung account to use it. You can find the option in Settings> Biometric data and security> Locate my mobile where you can activate the service and decide if you want to allow the Remote Unlock and Send Last Location.
With remote unlock Samsung stores your PIN, password or pattern, so you can unlock it even if you forget it, but it can also be used to control your phone remotely. Send Last Location sends – as the name implies – your phone’s last known location to Samsung’s servers when the battery is about to run out, so it’s well worth turning it on. You can also log in to the samsung website with your account in any browser to track your lost phone or tablet.
If none of the native options work to find your phone, you can use third-party apps to do so. Some may charge you or store your personal information, but you may want to make that concession for getting your equipment back.
Life360 – Family Locator & GPS Tracker
Aimed at families, this free app lets you keep track of where everyone in your family is by tracking their phones. This way, even if one member loses their device, others can still find out where it is.
Cerberus offers a variety of security features that allow you to access your lost or stolen device remotely. You can sound alarms, wipe data, lock your device and even take photos from the front camera to detect thieves. It is a family app with different options for adults and children. Pricing starts at $5 to $6 per month to track one device and goes up to $50 for 10 devices.
Where’s My Droid
Where’s My Droid is a free app (with payment options). It allows you to search for the device by ringing it, taking pictures of the surroundings, tracking the GPS location, setting a password, and wiping the phone data as a last resort. Most of these features are only available to subscribers, so you may need to spend some money to get the most out of them.