Hot to Track a Lost Android Phone or Tablet

by March 5, 2015 0 comments

There are some vital ways to track the device remotely, even when you haven’t installed any tracking app before it gets lost or stolen.

1. Google’s Android Device Manager
If your phone has access to internet, is connected with your Google account and you have not turned off the Android Device Manager (ADM) which comes turned on by default to locate your device, then you are safe. Just make sure that location access is always kept enabled. Also take care the ‘lock and erase smartphone data’ is enabled (turned off by default). ADM is Google’s easy-to-use tool to track your Android phone or tablet. It is not an app and doesn’t require any app to be installed.

Using ADM to locate your lost phone:
Using any other smartphone or PC, you need to visit https://www.google.com/android/devicemanager and log-in using your credentials. The ADM dashboard will connect your device and provide options- including location of the device, activating the ringtone and ‘enable lock & erase’ smartphone data.

Click on ‘Locate device’ to get the location of your smartphone or tablet.

 

Tracking a Lost Android Phone or Tablet

When you click on Ring, a pop-up will appear for confirmation. Once you proceed, your phone will ring for 5 minutes at full volume.

Tracking a Lost Android Phone or Tablet
Tracking a Lost Android Phone or Tablet

If you want to lock or erase the data from the device then click on “enable lock & erase” it will send a request to admin and enable both options.

 
Click on lock to ‘lock and reset’ the device password.

Tracking a Lost Android Phone or Tablet

Click on erase to swipe entire device data remotely.

Tracking a Lost Android Phone or Tablet

In case no PC or laptop is available, then instead of using the mobile browser, you can also use the Android Device Manager app. You can download from Play Store and sign in using the guest mode and your Google account credentials. Now you should be able to track your lost device, let it ring or wipe its data.

2. Android Lost Application
Using the Android Lost app you can track your phone, but it should be installed on the device and should have been activated through an SMS, which is possible through any phone (even after you have lost your phone). In case you lost your device and it doesn’t have the app, then you can install it directly from your browser through the Google Play website. Simply navigate to the Android Lost app and click the install button. It takes only a few minutes.

Using Android Lost Application to track your lost phone

Installing Android Lost remotely: Visit https://play.google.com/store/apps?hl=en and search for Android Lost app. Select the app and click to install the app on your device remotely. Again, the device should be connected with your Google account and internet, otherwise, this won’t work. A pop-up message will confirm the installation of App in your device.

Activate Android Lost: In case you have lost the device, you would not be able to use your device and activate the registration. To register your device remotely, send an SMS with the text “androidlost register” to your phone.

Tracking a Lost Android Phone or Tablet

This SMS can be sent from any phone. This will trigger Android Lost to register itself using your Google account credentials. The registration process can take some time to complete. Visit the Android Lost website https://www.androidlost.com and sign in using your Google account.

Tracking a Lost Android Phone or Tablet

Once you will log-in, you get access to all remote control features. It offers several features and we are listing some of them which are useful to locate or find the phone:

Tracking a Lost Android Phone or Tablet

Alarm: It will ignore silent mode and turns up the volume, sound a siren and sets the volume back to
normal level.

Location: Once you click on the button the phone will send the location to the server.

Phone Status: Click the button and the phone will send the status (battery level, imei, etc) to the server.

GPS: It enables or disables device GPS to get the location.

Tracking a Lost Android Phone or Tablet

SIM card owner: When the app detects that an unknown SIM card has been inserted it will send a warning to the SMS notification number and start a polling service. That way you can still use both the SMS commands and web controls even if the google account on the phone has been blocked and google cannot send push messages.

Erase SD Card: This will erase your SD card. No further warning will be given.

Wipe phone: Dont use this feature unless you REALLY mean it, because it will wipe your phone data.

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