How to Locate Your Lost or Stolen Android Phone

Locate your lost or stolen android smartphone

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

  1. Google Account should be the same on the phone and the web.
  2. 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.

Google Find My Device Phone Selection

Step 2. You will be prompted to enter your password. Enter your password to continue.

Google Find My Device Password Prompt

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.

Google Find My Device Web

Step 4. (Optional) You can also check for recent security events on your phone for suspicious activity.

Suspicious Events on your Android Smartphone

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.

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Remotely lock your android smartphone
Remotely lock your android smartphone

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.

locate your lost android smartphone
Try calling your android phone

Step 7. (Optional) You can also sign out from your lost smartphone remotely using this option.

remotely sign out of your android smartphone
Remotely sign out from the phone

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.

locate you lost android smartphone
Contact your operator

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. 

remotely erase your android smartphone
Erase your android smartphone remotely

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. 

Hope you like the article, please do comment below and let us know if you know any other working trick for the same and we shall share the same with due credits to you. 

How to Locate Your Lost or Stolen Android Phone
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