How To Find Your Lost Android Smartphone!

By Jack Armijo | Featured

How To Find Lost or Stolen Android Smartphone

Have you ever forgotten your phone at home? Do you remember how disconnected your felt?  Like you had no idea what was going on in the world.

You kind of feel lost.  And you have this burning need to text someone.  Even though you haven’t talked to them in month.  Weird right?

Now imagine if your phone has been stolen.  Not only would you have all the weird feelings listed above; but now someone else has all your stuff.

Your music

Your pictures (Oh sh*t!  Pictures!)

Your text messages

Quick access to all of your social networks.  UGH!!!

Feeling Exposed?

Think about all the sensitive information you may have on your phone.  Have you installed a bank app to track your checking account?  What about that credit card app you installed to track your balance?

The threat isn’t limited to just you.  You most likely have home addresses and multiple contact numbers for your family and friends.  Could they be targeted if someone got ahold of your phone?

The thought of it falling into the hands of someone that would use that data to harm you is terrifying.

Prepare Your Android Smartphone – Just In Case

Instead of wiping your Android Smartphone completely and hiding in a closet, you could simply enable Android Device Manager.  This is a service implemented by Google in response to the lost and stolen smartphone epidemic.  With Android Device Manager you are now protected and can feel secure about using and enjoying your Android Smartphone.
Use Android Device Manager To Find Lost or Stolen Android Smartphone

The latest batch of smartphones coming from Samsung, HTC, LG, and Motorola are spectacular devices.  They provide many conveniences and hours of enjoyment.  Feel secure that you have a back-up plan if necessary.

In their article entitled “How to Locate Your Lost or Stolen Android Phone” the How-To Geek says “it takes so little effort to turn it on that it would be outright foolish to not do so.” I couldn’t agree more.  Consider the Android Device Manager an insurance policy.  It might not save you 15% or more in 15 minutes but it could save you a lot of agony later on.

How To Enable It?

Google just began rolling out the Android Device Manager to retail/consumer accounts.  If your device does not yet have it then check every couple of days until it is available.

To check if an update is available simply:

  1. Connect to Wi-Fi (OS updates are usually large so its best to do them over Wi-Fi instead of 3G/4G)
  2. Go to Settings
  3. Go to About Phone
  4. Select Software Updates/System Updates from the top

My Phone Is Lost; Now What?

Log into Android Device Manager with your Google Account.  Now click on Ring.  The volume on your phone is turned all the way so you can hear it ringing.  Even if it was on vibrate or silent mode.

How To Locate Your Lost or Stolen Android Smartphone

What If My Android Smartphone is Already Lost or Stolen?

If your smartphone has Android OS Version 2.2 or higher simply log into Android Device Manager and locate your phone.  If you had previously enable the remote wipe feature then the Erase button will be enabled.  You might want to use it if you believe your phone has been stolen.

If you’re not sure what version of the Android OS your phone has; have faith as you’re still in luck.  Android Smartphones have the ability to remotely “push” apps to them.

Take Control and Get Your Android Phone Back

There are a number of apps in Google Play that you can remotely push to your Android device to help in locating your phone.  Sarah from Read/Write has put together a thorough review of the app Plan B in her article “How to Find Your Lost or Stolen Android Phone for Free

To push an app to your Android Smartphone remotely you:

  1. Log into Google Play
  2. Locate the app you want to install (e.g. Plan B)
  3. Click the Install button
  4. Just above the Cancel and Install buttons on the next screen is a drop down that says “Choose a Device.”  Select your phone from the list if there are multiple devices on your account.
  5. Once the install is complete, follow the instructions for the selected app to locate or wipe your device.

Spread the Word

In this post I covered a couple of options for you to retrieve your lost or stolen Android Smartphone.

Have you lost yours before?

Or worse, had it stolen?  If so what did you do?

Did you get it back?

I would love to hear your story in the comments below.  Maybe what you’ve learned will help others protect or retrieve their lost phones.

If you found this post helpful and informative please share.

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