Use Google to Find a Lost Android Device
Edited by Jay
Let's face it, losing your Android phone can be quite the pain, especially if you haven't the slightest clue where it might be. If you're like most people, you keep your device on your all the time, which means throughout a day, it could end up practically anywhere. Maybe you dropped it while out for a walk or hike; perhaps it fell out of your pocket when you hopped out of a cab or a friends vehicle, the possibilities are endless.
The good news is, newer Android phones have Find My Device available directly in the Settings app. So as long as you have the service enabled wither natively or via the app, you can sign in to Google to pinpoint your device. There is, however, a catch; your device must have either WiFi or Data enabled, as well as location services enabled (high accuracy preferable). Although most new devices come with both Find My Device, Data, and Location services turned on by default, it's still a good idea to double-check.
In the following VisiHow guide we're going to show how to make sure your device has all the necessary services enabled, so if you do lose your phone, you'll be able to track it down with Google. For this article, we used a Google Pixel running Android 8.1.0.
**Please Note** If you didn't have WiFi/Data, Location services, and Find My Device enabled or installed as an app before losing your device, there's not much you can do besides retracing your steps and hoping for a miracle.
Enable Data and WiFi on Android
Turn on Location Services and Enable Find My Device on Android
If you don't the Find My Mobile service inside your settings app, you can get it here.
Locate Your Device with Google
- 1then type "find my device Android" (without the quotes) into the search box.directly.Open a web browser + Google search.
- PLAY SOUND - this will ring your phone for 5 minutes even if it's muted.
- LOCK - this will lock the device and display a message or phone number.
- ERASE - this will delete everything on your device, and you'll lose the ability to locate it.
If you have problems with any of the steps in this article, please ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.