No one doesn’t want to lose their phone right? In this current era of tech, mobile companies are giving more focus to launch expensive devices with high quality features. In this situation, it becomes very difficult to keep our phone without being stolen or lost. Nowadays majority of the people are using Android devices. iPhone users has find my iPhone tool which helps to locate their lost iPhone devices. But what about Android users? Well Google has launched it’s official tool called Android device manager which can help us to their track Android devices remotely. In this quick guide, i’m going to show you How to use Android Device Manager to locate and manage your device remotely. Let’s get started with the brief introduction.
What is Android Device Manager?
Android device manager is a free tool by Google which can help us to track and monitor the location of the device remotely. There are 3 things you can do by using Android device manager.
3. Wipe the data of the phone
There are 3 ways to use Android device manager.
1. From website (or) Google search
2. By app
3. By using Android wear
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Before using Android device manager to locate your device, there are the 2 things you need to keep in mind.
1. Valid Connectivity: Your device needs to be connected with a working internet connection via mobile network or a WiFi network to locate or trace your device or else you won’t be able to locate your device. If you think your device will be connected to a valid internet connection,then you can try this method.
2. Enable Permission: If you haven’t used Android device manager in your device yet, you must enable the permission to use it remotely. Here’s how to do it.
• Go to Google Settings >Security> Android device Manager in your mobile.
• You must enable both options which is shown under “Android Device Manager” section to remotely control your Android Device.
After doing these things, you are ready to use and track your device remotely.
Let’s get started to know How to use Android device manager in these 3 ways.
How to use Android device Manager from website (or) Google search:
1. Using Android device manager by a Google search
Note: Locating an Android device from Google search works best with the PC version of Google. I would recommend you to use any PC browser to locate an Android device using Google search.
If you want to locate your device quickly, then Google search is the best place to do it. Here’s how to do it.
Open Google and search for “Find my phone”.
For Security reasons, Google will ask you to sign-in to your Gmail account which is associated with your Android device.
Once you sign-in to your Gmail account, Google will locate your device and show you the result like this.
Now you can only ring your device by locating your device from Google search. If you want to do other things, continue reading.
2. Using Android Device Manager from website:
1. Go to official Android Device Manager and sign-in your Gmail account. (Ignore if you have signed-in)
2. After signing-in, Google will automatically locate your Android device.
If your device didn’t got located properly, again click on the “locate device” icon to locate it.
When your device is located completely, you can do 3 things, i.e Ring,Lock and Erase data.
Here’s how to do these 3 things,
Ring your device: If you have lost your device within your circle or in few distance,Just click on “Ring”. After that your device will automatically ring for 5 minutes even if your device is in silent mode and you can locate it quickly.
Lock your device: If you have lost your device somewhere else, just click on “Lock” and it will give the options like this.
Now if you want to lock your Android Device, just create a new password and confirm it. After creating a new password, Android device manager will replace your old password with the new one. Even if you want to unlock your device, you have to enter the new password to unlock it.
Now there are two optional fields remaining i.e “Recovery message and Phone number”.
You can use these optional field to get the details of that person who has stolen or taken your phone.
In the Recovery message, just add some text like “This is my phone” or any other text which you want.
And in the phone number, Enter the mobile number from where you will able to attend a call.
After doing these things, your Android Device will show you a message like this,
Now the person who has taken your mobile has only option i.e “Call Owner” If he/she clicks on it, you will get a call from the number which is inserted in your mobile currently. Then you can get details of that person using his/her mobile number from Truecaller or any other sources.
Erase the data: If you have any credential details, personal files and very important files which you don’t want to share with others. Just erase your phone’s data completely by using Android device manager. If your phone is in offline mode,then this action can’t be performed. But it will perform the action once it comes online.
Here is a short video which can help you to understand these quickly.
• If you own multiple Android devices which have signed-in the same Gmail account, you can also manage those devices from Google play settings.
• If you want to change your device’s name to any Nickname, click on “Edit” and enter your Nickname and update it.
• If you want to remove your device,Just “un-check” the device under “Visibility”.
Using Android Device Manager from App:
If you don’t have any Desktop/Laptop then don’t worry. You can use Android Device Manager from someone’s Android Device.
All you need to do is download Android Device Manager App from PlayStore and install it.
After installing the app, sign-in as “Guest” in the app and it will locate to your Android Device’s location.
After locating the Android device,you can Ring,Lock or wipe your data in the same way as i already explain before in this post.
Use Android device manager using Android wear:
• If you have lost or misplaced your Android device within a very small range of distance like home or office, you can easily find it by using Android wear. Here’s how to do it.
• Just say “OK Google, Start. Find my phone” or select “Find my phone” from the menu.
• After that, you phone will start ringing at full volume.
According to official news from Google, this feature is rolling out for all Android wear users and you don’t need to do anything to enable this feature.
Tip: If you want to turn off Android device manager and doesn’t want to locate it remotely, just disable “Allow remote lock and erase” in your phone settings.
Some users are complaining that Android device manager is not working properly and they are facing some problems. By analyzing their problems, i have collected 4 most FAQ (Frequently Asked Question) and i have added possible solutions. Here are they,
Frequently Asked Questions by Android device manager users:
1. Android device manager location unavailable
• Your device may not connected to a WiFi or mobile data. So make sure that your device is connected to any of those connection.
• Your device’s location mode must be in High accuracy mode. If you have changed your location mode to save your battery, you must change it to High accuracy to locate your device remotely. Here’s how to do it.
Go to “settings” in your phone and select “location”. Now select “Mode”
After that select “High Accuracy”
• You may have the older version of Google Play services. Update it to the latest version.
• Try to clear the cache of the Google play services. Go to settings> apps> Google Play Services and clear the cache and restart your device again.
2. Android device manager no active devices?
Some users have complained that their devices are not appearing in Android device manager’s page. Here are the possible solutions which may help you to solve this.
• Make sure that you are signing-in the same Google account which you are using in your Android phone.
• Go to Google settings> Security in your phone. Now deselect “Allow remote factory reset”.
Now again Go to Settings> Apps> Google Play Services> Clear data.
Now go to Google settings and re-apply “Allow remote factory reset” and restart your device.
3. My phone is not ringing after sending request
Some users have complained that they can locate their device using ADM but their devices are not ringing even after sending request. Here are the possible reason why it may happen.
• You may have weak internet connection.
• Some users have notified that the ring is not working in some devices after the lollipop upgrade. Maybe Google will fix this issue soon.
4. Does Android device manager requires rooting?
No, Android device manager doesn’t requires rooting to locate an Android device.
Hence Android Device Manager is one of the best way to trace and manage your lost Android device.Google had developed this awesome tool when the device is connected to a working internet connection. Google doesn’t have released any feature for offline usage. Hopefully,Google may release its offline features in the future soon. This awesome tool is available for only Android users.
Thanks for reading. Hope everyone is clear about using Android device manager.