Tuesday, November 21

Android App for Tracking Your Phone

Android App for Tracking Your Phone

Find My Device (also known as Find Device) is an asset tracking service provided by Google to remotely trace, locate and wipe devices that are compatible with the Find My Device network.

Find, lock, erase or play a sound on any lost Android device
Locate your lost Android device and lock it until you get it back


  • See your phone, tablet, or other Android devices and accessories on a map. If the current location isn’t available, you’ll see the last online location.
  • Use indoor maps to help you find your devices in airports, malls, or other large buildings
  • Navigate to your devices with Google Maps by tapping the device location and then the Maps icon
  • Play a sound at full volume, even if a device is set to silent
  • Erase a lost Android device, or lock it and add a custom message and contact info on the lock screen
  • See the network and battery status
  • See hardware details


  • Location: To show your device’s current location on a map
  • Contacts: To access the email addresses associated with your Google Account
  • Identity: To access and manage email addresses associated with your Google Account
  • Camera: To take pictures and videos

How to lock your Android phone remotely

If Find My Device shows that your phone is far away, or you suspect it was stolen, you'll want to lock it immediately to prevent anyone from accessing your personal information or using your phone's data. Here's how:

  • Open the Find My Device app on another device, or go to google.com/android/find.
  • Sign in to your Google account.
  • Select Secure Device.
  • Your phone will be locked. You can also add a custom message so others can contact you if they find the device.

How to remotely erase data from your Android phone

If you're concerned that you won't be able to retrieve your phone, you can erase your data remotely. This should be a last resort, as you will lose any data that you haven't recently backed up. 

If you're ready to take that step, here's what to do:

  • Open the Find My Device app on another device or go to google.com/android/find.
  • Sign in to your Google account.
  • Select Erase Device.
How to turn off Find My Device on your Android

Find My Device is a great tool if you lose your phone. But if you want to stop sharing your location, it's easy to turn off the feature with these steps:
  • Open Settings.
  • Tap Security.
  • Go to Find My Device, and tap the switch to turn it off.
To stop your device from sharing your location, you'll also need to turn off location tracking:
  • Open Settings.
  • Tap Location.
  • Switch it off.
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