How to Track Your Stolen or Lost Android Phone

Are you using Android Phone? Have you ever lost your Android Phone or worried about it from being stolen? Then you don’t need to be upset as you can not only take preventive measures  but can track your stolen or lost Android Phone.

First I will talk about preventive steps you should follow if in case your smartphone is lost or stolen then your personal data can be saved.

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Get Ready

You should keep your smartphone’s screen locked as it is one of the basic and easiest step to make your device data safe. Depending on your Android phone, options can be different but in most devices you can access your security settings by going to Settings > Security > Screen lockor Settings > Lock Screen.

Here you can select security method as per your choice. You can choose from a Pattern, PIN or Password. You can make selected security method visible or hidden. In some Android devices you can opt facial recognition also.

In Android Phones you have the option to show Owner Info on lock screen. You can access this feature by going to Settings > Lock Screen > Owner info. Here you can write most important information. For example your email address, any other contact number etc so that if your device is lost then you can easily be contacted back.

What to do if device is stolen or lost

 If you are sure that you have lost your phone then you should visit nearest police station and register FIR. Check if online FIR registration facility is available.

You should inform your service provider and ask to block the SIM. In both cases you might need your Android device IMEI (international mobile equipment identification) number. It is unique code for every gadget.

 Android Device Manager

Android Device Manager is a pre-installed feature in most devices that allows you to remotely locate, lock, ring and erase your smartphone. You should keep this option enabled to use it remotely. To do this go to Settings>Security>Device administrators and check Android Device Manager. In case it is not available you can get it from Google Play Store.

 Track Online

Once you have enabled Android Device Manager (ADM) in your Android device, you can use it in case of an emergency. If you have lost your Android device all your need to do is visit www.google.com/android/devicemanager and sign in to your Google account.

Your google account should be same as you were using in your lost device. Using this method you don’t need IMEI number of your device to trace your device. Under find my device you will have three options (a) Play Sound (b) Lock (c) Erase. You can see your phone status along with its last seen location.

(a) Play Sound

If you are nearby the Android device then it will be difficult to track it by location as map will not show exact location. Hence you can use its Play Sound feature. Simply press it and your phone will ring for 5 minutes even if it is set to silent mode.

(b) Lock

If you are still not able to trace your phone then you can use Lock feature to keep your data safe. Yes you can remotely lock your device by pressing Lock button on website. You need to choose new password.

You can even write message you’d like to show on your lost Android device lock screen. Your phone will be locked remotely and this will save your data.

(c) Erase

In case you feel that chances of getting your phone back are minimum and your data can go to wrong hands, you can remotely erase your personal information. Using Android Device Manager Erase option you can perform factory data reset.

Here it is important to mention that once clicked Erase button your data can not be recovered, so use this as your last option.

Few More Options

You can make calls with different numbers or ask your friends to do it for you. This is an effective way to trace your phone as if someone has your locked phone then he might be waiting for your call.

You can even send text to your phone like mobile number, email address etc. In latest Android versions there is option to show notifications on the lock screen. For both these options you don’t need internet connection.

I hope this will help to get your phone back if lost or stolen. If you find the information in this post useful then comment below and share it with your friends!

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