You’re probably aware of ‘Find my iPhone’ which is a nifty app for tracking down your iOS device in the unfortunate event of it being lost or stolen. The app has been praised along with kill-switch tools which have vastly helped cut down the amount of mobile phone theft in the UK.

However, if you own a Samsung, Sony Xperia or an HTC you may be wondering how you can track your Android device in a similar way.

With Android Device Manager you can locate a lost or stolen phone and the best thing is you don’t even need to install an app to use the tool. All you have to do is make sure your Android device is connected to your Google account, turned on and connected to the internet.

IMPORTANT: You also have to have to allow Android Device Manager to track your device and enable ADM to remotely lock your device and erase its data. This can be done in Google Settings.

If there is no computer around at the time to track your phone, you can use ADM tool on someone else’s Android phone to track it. You can sign in using the guest mode and your Google account credentials. Then you will be able to track your lost device, let it ring or wipe its data.

If your Android device is stolen, it’s possible that the thief has disconnected it from your Google Account. If that happens, unfortunately neither Android Device Manager nor any other tracking tool will be able to locate the device, since it’s necessary for the device to be logged into your Google Account.

We hope you find this information useful; we have a summary below on how to set up your phone so that it is prepared in the case of theft or loss.


How to enable your Android Phone for remote tracking:

  • 1

    Make sure your Android device is connected with your Google account

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    Your Android device has access to the internet

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    Allow Android Device Manager to locate your device in the Google Settings App

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    Allow Android Device Manager to lock your device remotely and/or erase data



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