Locate Your Lost or Stolen Android Device using Android Device Manager

You lost/misplaced your Android phone or tablet? Cant find it? Here is the new Android Device Manager which will help you out finding your phone & make sure your data is safe & secure.

How to Turn on Android Device Manager on your Android phone or tablet

If there are multiple users using a tablet then only the respective tablet owner can manage the settings for Android Device Manager.

  • Open Google Settings from your device’s apps menu.
  • Touch Android Device Manager.

You can turn on the following options:

  • Remotely locate this device.
    Enabling this option will help you locate your device remotely and find its approximate location on Google Maps.
  • Allow remote factory reset.
    Remotely erase all data on your device. Touch this option, then select Activate to turn on the device administrator.

For devices running Android 4.1 and higher, Access Location must also be enabled so that Google Apps can use this phone’s location anytime the device is on. To turn it on, go to Google Settings ->> Location ->> Access location.

How to Use Android Device Manager

  • Sign into your Google Account
  • Go to Android Device ManagerIf you’re using a Google Apps account then you will automatically sign in to your My Devices page.
  • If you have more than one Android device, select the Arrow next to the device name to view other devices.
  • To rename the device, use the Edit icon which is located next to “Locate Your Device” option.

On clicking “Locate Your Device” option, you can locate your Android device remotely which is indicated by a blue circle on the Google Maps.

The Android Device Manager also

  • Displays the name of the place
  • Where the device is located
  • The time it was last located
  • When it was last used

Click on the image to know how it displays your Android device..

Locate Your Lost or Misplaced Android Device

if your Android device doesn’t appear in Android Device Manager, or if you see Unknown location despite your device being online and running Google Play services version 3.2.25 or higher, follow these steps:

  1. Open Google Settings from your device’s apps menu.
  2. Touch Android Device Manager.
  3. Uncheck Allow remote factory reset.
  4. Go to your device’s main Settings menu, then touch Apps ->> All ->> Google Play services.
  5. Touch Clear Data. Note that this action doesn’t remove personal data.
  6. Go back to Google Settings and select Allow remote factory reset.
  7. Restart your device.

Once your device restarts, wait around five minutes and refresh Android Device Manager

Locate, ring and erase a misplaced Android device

You can select the following options:

  • Ring. Ring your device at full volume for 5 minutes – even if it’s set to silent or vibrate.
  • Erase. Perform a factory reset, which permanently deletes all of your data.

To enable Erase Device, you must enable factory reset on your device. Open the Google Settings app on your device and click the checkbox within Android Device Manager.

What if your device is offline?

Android Device Manager won’t be able to ring or erase the device if its switched off or no mobile data or WiFi connected to it… Still you can select the option Erase in advance, and when your device is back online then automatically device’s data will be deleted.

Enabling Android Device Manager allows Google Play services to perform following options

  • Erase All Data
  • Change the screen-unlock password
  • Lock The Screen

To enable on your device..

Hope this article will be of help… Be secure & take control of your Android device remotely by using Android Device Manager..!!

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