Track A Lost Or Stolen Android Device Using Find My Device
Should you ever lost your Android phone, tablet, or Wear watch, you can find, lock, or erase it by using a Google service called Find My Device. This service is on by default for Android devices associated with a Google Account.
To use use this service, your lost device must be:
- Turned on
- Signed in to a Google Account
- Connected to mobile data or Wi-Fi
- Visible on Google Play
- Location turned on
- Find My Device turned on
Android Wear devices must also be running Android Wear 2.0 and up before they can use this service.
How Does Find My Device Works?
When Find My Device service connects with a device, it gives the device’s location, and the device gets a notification.
- Open android.com/find on a web browser and sign in to your Google Account.
- If you have more than one device associated with the account, click the lost device at the top left corner of the screen.
- The map will show the location of the lost or stolen device.
- This is an approximate location and may not be accurate.
- If the location of your device can’t be found, Find My Device service will show its last known location, if available.
- Pick what you want to do. You can either play a sound, lock the device or erase the device.
- Play sound
Make your device ring at full volume for 5 minutes, even if it’s set to silent or vibrate. This is very useful when you misplace the phone.
This option allows you to remotely Lock your device with your PIN, pattern, or password. If you didn’t have a lock, you can set one. You can also add a recovery message or phone number to the lock screen so who so ever finds the phone can contact you.
Last but not the least, you can Permanently delete all data on your device remotely. (It may not delete the contents of your SD card.) After you erase, Find My Device won’t work on the device.
Important: If you find your device after erasing, you’ll likely need your Google Account password to use it again.