For most people losing their phone can be quite disheartening as it contains all their memorable pictures, videos, important contacts, and a lot of things which they wish to hide from others. There are a lot of trick which can help you secure your phone for such unfortunate circumstances. You should not necessarily wait until your phone is gone. Configure your Android or iPhone so that you can find it easily in case it gets lost. Below you will find steps to enable phone tracking.
To locate your phone after it gets lost or stolen, it has to be switched on to provide you with an accurate location and to access it in order to remotely lock the phone or wipe the data. If your phone battery dies and it runs out of power then you have to be lucky enough to find it.
Considering this scenarios, you should always take a backup in advance, just if it cannot be brought back. Follow our guide on how to back up an Android phone and an iPhone. Here we have dealt with the options available in major mobile operating systems to understand how it can be tracked down to bring back your stolen phone. For both Android and iPhone you will have to be signed in to either your Google or Apple.
Prey is a very popular third party option available for mobile devices. If you have multiple devices with several platforms this one is worth considering as it lets you track all from a single interface.
Tracking down a lost Android phone
The easiest way to track down your Android phone is through Device Manager. It is not necessary that the app should be installed on your phone to make use of it; however, you need to check your settings and configure them correctly before losing your phone.
To start using Device Manager, go to Google Settings app and click on Security. Make sure to enable the options ‘Remotely locate this device’ and ‘Allow remote lock and erase’ under device manager. For the Device Manager to work, your phones GPS also has to be switched on. One more time go to the Google Settings app, and choose location this time, then ensure that ‘Google Location History’ under location services is switched on.
Now you have two ways of tracking a Stolen Android phone.
If the phone is switched on and has a network then you can track it through Device Manager by heading to android.com/device manager on a different device and signing in to your Google account. This will automatically locate your device and report its current location on a map.
In Device Manager you will also find options to make the phone ring, wipe its contents or block a suspected thief. There is a free Android Device Manager app available on Google Play which comes handy when you have several Android devices to track.
If your phone is switched off, then you can check your location history to find its last reported location. By visiting google.com/settings/account and clicking on Manage History under the places you go.
Step 1. How to Find Lost Android Phone with Google’s Android Device Manager
- Your device is connected with your Google account.
- Your device has access to the internet.
- Allowed Android Device Manager (ADM) to locate your device (turned on by default). This can changed in the Google Settings app.
- Allowed ADM to lock your device and erase its data (turned off by default).
Step 2: Log in to the Android Lost website
Visit the Android Lost website and sign in using your Google account. After doing that, you should have access to all remote control features such as the following:
- Read the latest SMS on your phone
- Force your phone to play a loud alarm with a flashing screen. Perfect if you misplaced your device.
- Get the location of your device
- Lock and unlock your phone
- Wipe your entire phone so no private data falls into the wrong hands
- Erase the SD card
- Use the camera to make pictures (front or rear camera) to get a nice shot of the nice person who took your device.
- …here’s the complete feature list
Note that it can take a while for the registration process to complete.
How to Find Lost iPone Using “Find My iPhone”
1. Head over to icloud.com and log in using your Apple ID credentials.
Once signed in, you should see your iCloud dashboard with different icons.
Click on the “Find My iPhone” icon, which the first one in the second row.
Now you should see the Find My iPhone interface, including a map.