How to track a lost Android device

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Ever lost your Android smartphone? frustrating isn’t it? most times people value the content they have in a device more than the device itself even. Android Device Manager is a locator feature that allows you remotely perform certain task on your device, you could find your lost or stolen devices and even wipe it off its content.

It is advisable to activate your Android device manager as soon as you get a new device, on your device Go to;

Settings >> Security >> Device Administrators >> Android device manager >> click on activate, by doing this you allow the google play services app to remotely Erase, change screen-unlock password and lock the device screen.




To use Android device manager click HERE input your user name then password , if you receive a prompt requesting permission to allow Android Device Manager to use location data, click on “Accept”.

Android device manager

You will notice the following options:

  • Locate Device (Small icon top right): Shows the location of your Android device on the Map, along with the name of the place, when it was last used, and when it was last located. Zoom in and out of the map to check out the location.
  • Ring: Sometimes the device might be somewhere hidden in your home, so you could trigger it to ring, you can choose to ring your device from Android Device Manager. This will cause your device to ring for 5 minutes at the highest volume, even if its on silent or vibrate.
  • Lock: With this you can remotely lock your device so no one can access your data. Click on the “Lock” option, enter your new password twice, then click Lock. Once this is done, your device would be locked immediately even if it’s being used.
  • Erase: This options enables you to perform a factory reset on the device, this is done as soon as the device comes online, also note that this may not wipe data on SD cards

Tracking your device is serious business, it is advisable to report to the authorities as some have lost their lives in attempt to get their stolen phones from those who stole it.

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Android, Inc. was founded in Palo Alto, California in October 2003 by Andy Rubin, Rich Miner, Nick Sears and Chris White. The early intentions of the company were to develop an advanced operating system for digital cameras. Though, when it was realized that the market for the devices was not large enough, the company diverted its efforts toward producing a smartphone operating system that would rival Symbian and Microsoft Windows Mobile. In July 2005, Google acquired Android Inc. for at least $50 million. The Android mobile operating system is currently developed by Google, based on the Linux kernel and designed primarily for touchscreen mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.

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