In this article, we shall be covering a few steps which would help you to locate your lost or stolen phone. With the help of Google Find my device you can easily locate your smartphone. The lost phone should be logged in to the same Google account through which you are accessing the service. Also, the smartphone should be connected to the internet while we do so. If none of the above is in accordance you might not be able to use the service.
Things to Remember
- Google Account should be the same on the phone and the web.
- The smartphone should be having internet access.
Step 1. Log onto Google Find My Device using the same Google account as on the lost phone.
Step 2. You will be prompted to enter your password. Enter your password to continue.
Step 3. Now on the next page, you can either Ring it or Locate. Ringer feature shall make the phone ring. The locate feature shall let you know the exact location of the phone on Google Maps.
Step 4. (Optional) You can also check for recent security events on your phone for suspicious activity.
Step 5. (Optional) You can also lock your lost Android smartphone remotely using the lock your phone option here. You can set a custom password and write a note for the phone finder. Also, you can provide a phone number for the finder to contact you. Everything shall be prompted to the finder on the lock screen of the phone.
Step 6. (Optional) Try calling your phone – If you can’t remember your number, ask a friend or use Contacts to look it up. You can also try to make a call using Hangouts or a similar service.
Step 7. (Optional) You can also sign out from your lost smartphone remotely using this option.
Step 8. (Optional) You can also contact your telecom operator and request them to disable your sim, order a new sim or redirect calls to an alternate number. This may also help protect you from identity theft since a finder could use text messages to access your information, send messages on your behalf, or make expensive calls.
Step 9. (Optional) Last but not the least, you can any time erase all the private data on the phone to secure your self. Although data on the memory card will be untouched. Once your erase, Find your phone or Android Manager won’t be able to communicate with your phone. You’ll permanently lose access to all info on your device that wasn’t recently backed up to Google. For all this to happen your phone should be connected to the internet. Still, you can perform the erase and it will be done anytime the phone comes online.
These are a few tips through which you can locate your lost or stolen phone. But all of this would only work if the phone is connected to the internet.
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