Of course, many of us lose the phone at some point – whether it is theft or unintentional error – and of course losing the phone is now a very bad experience because any phone contains a lot of our personal data.
If you steal or lose an Android phone, do not worry, because Android supports several ways to solve this problem, as long as you have another device available.
Here's how to find your Android phone using another device:
Once you sign in to your phone with your Google Account, Find My Device will by default provide a phone service that allows you to track the location of your phone if you lose it, block it remotely, or remotely wipe the data.
You can verify that the "Find my device" feature is enabled on your device by following these steps:
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- Go to Settings.
- Click the Security section.
- Click the Find my device option, verify that it is enabled, and if not, click the toggle button next to it to enable it.
If your phone is lost and this feature is enabled, you can track it using any other device as follows:
1. Using a computer:
One of the most common cases is: losing your Android smartphone, but you can access a computer to follow these steps:
- After you lose your phone, open the phone tracking service at https://myaccount.google.com/find-your-phone.
- Make sure you're signed in to the Google account associated with your lost phone.
- You'll see a map showing where all the devices associated with that account are located.
- If the map does not help you get to your exact location, in the menu to the left of the map you can press Play Sound to make the phone ring for 5 minutes regardless of your settings. In an enclosed place, such as: office or home.
In the menu to the left of the map, you will find several other options:
- The Secure Device, which allows you to lock the phone, display a message of your choice on the lock screen shows the person with the device as absent and put a phone number to call.
- Delete device, which allows you to erase data, but if you use it, you will not be able to trace your phone; consider using this feature after it has failed all other attempts.
Note: If the thief closes your phone, you will not be able to track it until it restarts, has a data connection, or Wi-Fi, and Google will email you as soon as the device is located.
2 – Use Google Assistant:
If you have a smart home device that is compatible with Google Assistant, such as Google Home, Home Mini, Lenovo Smart Display, or others, it can be used to find your phone.
All you have to do is say the words (Hello, Google, Find my phone) Hey, Google, find my phone, the Google Assistant will help you by making your phone ring.
If you have many devices, it will be remembered until you reach the device you want, and when you say "Yes," the device will ring aloud for five minutes, regardless of its settings.
3- Using any other Android device:
You can also use another Android device to find your lost phone, but you'll need to download the Google Find My Device app separately from the Google Play Store on your device first.
- When you open the app, you'll need to sign in with the same account on your lost device. You'll then see a map where you can find your phone, and all your devices associated with that account will appear at the top of the map.
- Click the device you are looking for and your current location will appear on the map.
- The bottom of the map has the same options you see when using a computer: Sound playback, Device lock, or Device data wipe.
4. Use the smart clock:
If you are using a smart watch that is running Wear OS, you can use it to find the missing phone associated with it. Simply access the list of apps on your watch, press "Find my phone" and the phone associated with your smart watch will start playing regardless of your current settings.