You may track an android phone in Find My Device🇧🇷 The free solution developed by Google is able to provide information about the location of the device, in addition to allow lock and wipe data in case of loss or theft of a Wear OS smartphone, tablet or smartwatch. Learn how to use the platform in the lines below.
Time needed: 2 minutes.
The process is quite simple and, when successful, informs address and position of the cell phone on a map🇧🇷 It is important to point out that if you have had your cell phone stolen, the best decision is to let the police know, registering an incident report🇧🇷
- Access the “Find My Device” website through the browser
Open the browser of your choice, access the link google.com/android/find and sign in with your Google account email and password if you haven’t already.
Important: Make sure you are logged into the same Google account used on the lost smartphone.
- Locate your device in the device list
Just below your cell phone model, the site will display the network to which it is connected and battery percentage. On the map, you can see the approximate location of the device.
Important: The feature will not work if the GPS of the smartphone is turned off.
How to make sound to locate an Android device
If your cell phone is nearby, it can play a sound for five minutes to find your exact location. The sound alert will be played even when the device is in silent mode. Learn how to trigger the warning:
- Access the Find My Device map at google.com/android/find🇧🇷
- click in “Play Sound”🇧🇷
Now just look for your cell phone.
When the phone is found, the sound is muted in two ways:
- By device: with the cell phone in hand, pressing the on and off button;
- By Find My Device: by clicking on the “Stop Playing” button.
How to lock a cell phone with Find My Device
To prevent other people from using your lost cell phone, one way out is to opt for blocking. The function can be activated remotely and also disconnects the smartphone from the Google account to avoid unwanted access. The feature is used as follows:
- Go to Find My Device (google.com/android/find🇧🇷
- press on “Protect device”🇧🇷
- If you like, write a recovery message and/or phone number on the lock screen so anyone can contact you.
- click in “Protect device” to complete the lock.
What happens when the cell phone is blocked?
When using the Protect Device function, data access is immediately blocked if connected to the internet.
It is possible to unlock the cell phone after this procedure, but it will be necessary to enter the access code or combination on the lock screen when having the device in hand.
Biometrics, such as the fingerprint reader, will remain disabled after enabling the security lock.
As we mentioned in the walkthrough, you can put contact information on the lock screen of a stolen or lost cell phone. Thus, whoever finds the device will have the option of looking for the owner to return the device. After recovery, you will need to sign in to your Google account again.
It is worth mentioning that it will still be possible to locate the mobile device remotely after blocking.
How to erase data by Find My Device
The option to erase all data from a device is irreversible. That is, once triggered, the information stored on the device will be permanently removed. In addition, you will not be able to track the location of the gadget when resetting to factory settings remotely.
Find My Device provides an option to wipe all Android data remotely. Find out how in the steps below:
- Go to Find My Device (google.com/android/find🇧🇷
- From the device list, select the desired device to erase personal information.
- click in “Wipe device”as indicated in the screenshot below.
- Confirm the action on “Wipe device”🇧🇷
- Finally, log in to the Google account again to erase all personal data.
What happens when cleaning an Android phone?
Data will be permanently erased after the procedure. This means that all apps, photos, videos and other files will no longer be available on the phone. The same is true for sessions launched from apps or the browser.
To clean, however, the phone must be connected to the internet, either via Wi-Fi or mobile data. If offline, wiping will start the next time your smartphone goes online.
According to Google, “after cleaning, it is not possible to locate the device”, this is because there will no longer be an active account on the device. So think carefully before using this option!
Memory card data, however, is not erased in this procedure by Find My Device.
Not. The app is just another security feature and can be accessed from a spare cell phone, but searching through the Find My Device website will work regardless of whether or not you have it on the lost device.
Not. Unfortunately Find My Device needs GPS enabled in the location settings to work. Therefore, the cell phone also needs to be turned on.
Alternatives for those who have a Galaxy or Xiaomi
If any of the above options were not enough for you, you can try other tracking options for Android phones. Galaxy device owners can find or block devices by Samsung Find My Mobile🇧🇷 Xiaomi customers can choose to use Mi Cloud to know the location of the cell phone🇧🇷
I couldn’t find my cell phone. What to do?
Using Find My Device is not the only measure to be taken to maintain the security of personal information, especially in cases of robbery or theft.
There are important steps you can take to prevent criminals from gaining access: In addition to clearing stored data, including information about passwords and social media credentials, you also need to request IMEI lock and operator’s chip🇧🇷
See a complete guide on what to do if your cell phone was stolen🇧🇷