How to Find and Track Lost or Stolen Android Phone

Worried about losing your phone? Before this worst scenario strikes, you should gear up. Set up Find my Mobile or Device on your Android phone. If it is enabled on your phone, then you can use the online services to track the location of your Android phone. You can also check the location history of your Android phone with Google Maps. If you’ve your phone, then before anything goes wrong just set up tracking system on it now.

How to use Find My Device for Android

If your Android phone is on or has a Wi-Fi or cellular connection, then “Find My Device” will find the location of your device. If your Android device is off, then sadly it will not identify its location.

1.    Visit “www.google.com/android/find” from any of your browsers.

2.    Sign in with the account for the Android phone you want to find.

3.    Select your ‘Android’ phone from the left side pane.

4.    Find My Device will start searching for the location of your Android phone.

5.    Once it determines its position, it will show up on your screen.

6.    Lock your Android device to prevent its data from being retrieved.

To Lock down your Android device:

•    Click on the ‘LOCK’ option at the right side panel.

•    Type your password, when prompt.

•    You can type recovery phone number and message if you want.

•    And hit ‘LOCK,’ when prompted.

How to find your Android phone by using Google Maps

If your Android phone is on or has a Wi-Fi or cellular connection, then you will get its location detail. If your Android device is off, then sadly it will not identify its location.

1.    Open the ‘Google Maps’ on your device.

2.    If you’re using a browser then, visit “https://www.google.com/maps” to open Google Maps.

3.    Now, sign in with the same Google account that you are using on your lost Android phone.

4.    Click on the ‘Sign in’ button and enter the account’s sign-in credentials.

Or add an account: click on the “Profile’ icon > click on ‘Add account.’

5.    Now, open the ‘Menu’ by click on the hamburger icon.

6.    Click on ‘Your Timeline.’

7.    Click on the ‘Year’ button and select the year in which you lost your Android phone.

8.    Click on the ‘Month’ button and select the month.

9.    Then click on ‘Date’ button and select the day on which you lost your phone.

10.    If you didn’t find a location, then try to change the date and select the next day.

You’ll see location information on your screen if your device is on and connected with a cellular or Wi-Fi connection. Or it will show the location of the last time when it was connected and on.

Harry Williams is a Microsoft Office expert and has been working in the technical industry since 2002. As a technical expert, Harry Williams has written technical blogs, manuals, white papers, and reviews for many websites such as office.com/setup.

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