We’ve put together a complete guide to keep track of your mobile phone in case it’s been lost or stolen, which includes the Google Find my device service, on which most Android devices need to be located remotely and online. There are several ways to access this service if, for some reason, you are having trouble tracking your device with the one you normally use.
Through Google’s online platform, whose name android.com/find It’s easy to remember, you can see the current location of your mobile phone by simply logging in with the Google account associated with your Android device. You’ll also see the caption «Last seen X time ago,» which means this was the last time your device had an Internet connection.
Besides the fact that you can see the location on a map, you have the option to make it ring at maximum volume for 5 minutes, even if it is set to silent, something useful if you just lost it and think it’s close. You can also lock the device remotely and display the contact information on the screen. Finally, you can remotely delete mobile data, including your Gmail account. However, please note that by taking this last action, you will no longer be able to track it or perform the indicated actions.
This method simply consists in introducing «find my android«,«find my cell phone«Or»find my cell phone«(Without quotes) in the Google search engine (does not seem to work by typing ‘find my device’).
If you sign in with your Google Account on the search engine site (from the blue «login» button at the top) with the same account associated with your lost mobile phone, it will automatically return you as the first result of the map with the location of your mobile phone (if you do not, you may see a «Device unavailable» error).
If you tap the map, you’ll be taken to the Find My Official Device page where you’ll have the option to lock and delete Android data. You’ll also have a shortcut to make the device ring at high volume even if it’s silent (which, for some reason, in my case, I see disabled) and another in «Recovery», which takes you to the control panel of your Google account where you will be offered. some tips to recover it. More about this in the next section.
In this case, you might see «Last sync: date», which means that it was last detected when the device was connected to the Internet. Here I saw a few days ago for what the Find My Device tool displays and I’m not sure why the information is different.
In your Google Account Manager (myaccount.google.com), on the «Security» tab, you’ll see the «Your devices» section, where you have the «Find a lost device» option. On the next screen, choose the device you want to track, confirm your Google Account password, and click the «Find» button. You also have the «Play» option, which works exactly like the one described above.
Here you will also see the information «Last sync», which also indicates the last time your mobile was connected to the Internet. Unfortunately, sometimes this information does not match the information provided by the «Find My Device» service listed above.
In addition, Google gives you other options to recover your lost or stolen mobile phone, such as locking your device remotely, deactivating your Google Mobile account, deleting your data, and also tips on how to contact you. operator to protect your number or lock your IMEI.
The interesting thing about this option is that it allows you to lock the screen and make the device ring without following it. This is especially useful to avoid generating notification located on the device that appears on your mobile when tracking. If you visit the Find My Device official website, it will immediately start locating your device and generating the indicated notification, which may not suit you if, before warning the thief in this way, first you want to block it or make it ring.
The «Find my device» service also has a mobile app. The goal is to be able to install it on the cell phone of any friend or relative to track your stolen cell phone from anywhere. All you have to do is sign in with the Google Account associated with your lost phone and you’ll be able to see its location on a map in a very similar way to the web version.
From this application, you will also be able to perform the rest of the actions offered by the other previous instruments, such as turning off the device, locking it remotely, deleting its data, and also viewing network status. how much battery do you have your cell phone left.
To avoid registering your Google Account with someone else’s mobile phone, I suggest using the ‘Sign in as a guest’ option.
Please note that the service for finding my device depends on an internet connection and the location of the device is activated. In addition, for this location to be as accurate as possible, the «High Accuracy» setting (GPS + WiFi + Mobile Networks) must be enabled in the location settings. If not, and if it is not a remote area with few or no cellular antennas or WiFi networks, you may see long range rays. In the worst case, your device may appear as «Not available» or similar notifications.
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