Find your lost Android phone with google device manager

Edited by Michael J., Eng, Anonymous

Have you ever wondered what possible actions could you do to track your Android phone in case you lost it or somebody stole it? And have you ever wondered what that new icon on your phone (which seemed to come out of nowhere) named "Google Settings" does, too?
Well, one curious question could answer another.

Google, the makers of Android, has introduced "on the fly" a new feature called Android Device Manager to all Android-based handsets. Users who are running Android 2.2 or higher and have Google Play installed are automatically equipped with this neat and powerful feature.
Through the Android Device Manager, you can locate and perform remote functions on your lost phone via a web interface whenever the phone is connected to the Internet.

This article intends to guide you through the steps of locating your Android phone and even on wiping out the data inside it if necessary.

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Instructions

Locating Your Android Phone

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  1. 1
    Go to Android.com
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  2. 2
    Hover on the dotted vertical line on the upper right side of the site and navigate to "Android Device Manager"
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  3. 3
    Sign In your Gmail Account.
    In the succeeding page, you need to sign in the Gmail account associated with your lost handset.
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  4. 4
    Wait as your phone is being located.
    The Android Device Manager locates your phone in real-time. If a location is received, the ADM presents it in a "Google Map" like visual.
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  5. 5
    Ring the Phone.
    If the phone is located nearby, you can select the "Ring" feature to remotely ring the phone at the highest volume to aid in the search.
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Enabling Remote Deletion of Data

By default the feature that could allow remote wiping of data on your Android phone is not enabled. If you think you'd want to erase all the data on your phone if it falls into the hands of others, you should enable this feature by following the steps below.

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  1. 1
    Open the "Google Settings" app on your Android phone.
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  2. 2
    Select the Android Device Manager option.
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  3. 3
    Tick the "Allow remote Factory Reset" check box.
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Wiping the Phone's Data Remotely

If your phone carries very sensitive or private files that you can afford to wipe out, you can remotely do so through the Android Device Manager granting that you performed the steps on "enabling remote deletion of data" prior to the loss of your phone. Here is how to do it:

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  1. 1
    Follow the steps in the "Locating Your Android Phone" section of this article to access the Android Device Manager web interface.
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  2. 2
    Click the pane that says "Erase" on the location tracker box.
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Recent edits by: Eng, Michael J.

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