How To Enable Find My Device On Android Devices

While there are several options to remotely track an Android phone, Google’s Find My Device is one of the most widely-used services. Aside from locating your phone, Find My Device allows you to remotely lock it, erase the data if your phone is stolen and do other things.

By default, Find My Device is already enabled out of the box on most Android devices, but many of you forget to check if it’s running on your phone. This is a straightforward process that only takes a minute. Thus, let’s get started.

How to Install and enable Find My Device

If your phone doesn’t have Find My Device pre-installed, you can then download the app directly from the Play Store. The service even supports older devices — all phones that are running Android 4.0 version and higher.

After the app is installed, simply sign into your Google account. This allows the service to link your phone with your Google account. Since Find My Device requires Wi-Fi and GPS to pinpoint your device location, it requires access to location services. After you grant the access, you can then see a map with the location of your phone highlighted on the screen.

Track your phone easily

If you want to remotely track your phone, simply navigate to the Find My Device website and then sign into your Google account. Alternatively, you can also search Google with the “Find my phone” to start tracking your Android device.

After you have located your phone, you can now ring your device so that it plays a loud sound even when the silent mode is already activated. It is very handy if you’ve misplaced your device somewhere inside your house.

If you have not secured your device with a passcode, pattern or fingerprint, Find My Device’s lock feature will be useful, since it will stop access to the home screen in case anyone comes across your phone. You can also get a message display on the lock screen as well as add a callback number so that anyone can get in touch with you if he/she finds your phone.

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Remotely erase data when everything fails

Since Find My Device requires location services, your phone needs to be connected to a Wi-Fi network or cellular data so that the service can accurately track the position. If you cannot locate your phone or it’s stolen, the only you should do is to remotely erase all the data on your device.

The remote erase command will wipe everything on your phone as well as the connected SD card. In case your phone is offline when you perform this command, it will automatically start when it’s online.

Make sure you’re ready

As Find My Device is a rarely-used service, so you might easily forget to set it up during the initial configuration. If you have not gotten around to enabling Find My Device on your existing device, it’s time to set it up on your phone.


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