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Android’s Find My Device feature could be helpful if you lose your ‘Android’ device. It utilizes the phone’s GPS and your Google account to determine the location of the phone. But, for this to work, your phone must be switched on with the location service running, and you can’t do anything if the robber switches off the phone.

If you’re quick enough to realize you just left your phone at someplace, by using “Find My Device”, you can track down your phone pretty quickly, and here’s how to retrieve your lost Android phone.

Setting Up Find My Device

  • Head over to the Google Play Store and download Find My Device. After downloading, sign-in with your Google account credentials (you have to sign-in every time you close the app)

Find My Device play store - "Lost Your Android Phone? Here's What You can Try to Retrieve it"

  • After signing in, you will see a list of devices in which you signed in with your Google account.

Find My Device UI - "Lost Your Android Phone? Here's What You can Try to Retrieve it"

  • Select the lost phone and check the location. If the app doesn’t show the area, this means your device is switched off, or the mobile data has been turned off.
  • You can click on “erase the device,” which will erase the internal storage once the phone connects to WIFI or mobile data.
  • If the phone is visible on the map and you’re still unable to find it, you can play a loud alarm via the app to locate it.

ALSO READ: How To Auto-Delete Your Google Maps Location History

What Else Can You Do?

We suggest you install this app on every phone you own as you might get lucky if the thief isn’t as genius as you. Jokes aside, we also suggest you note down and keep safe the IMEI and serial numbers.

Lost Your Android Phone

IMEI stands for International Mobile Equipment Identity. As the name suggests, each smartphone, at the time of manufacturing, is given a unique IMEI number, which you can find out by dialing *#06#. With the help of this and the police, you can easily find your phone.

Have you been lucky enough to get your lost phone back? Let us know in the comments section below.


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