Find my device: what it is and how to use it to find your phone – ABOUT MAG 2020

Finding my device easily allows you to remotely track, lock and erase data on a lost or stolen phone. You can also see the battery life remaining on the phone and the Wi-Fi network to which it is connected. There are other ways to track a lost Android phone, but Finding My Device is the easiest option and is enabled on all phones immediately.

Find My Device is part of Google Play Protect, a set of services designed to protect your phone from malicious content. Google is taking advantage of its machine learning experience to scan and verify the applications installed on your phone, and although the Verify Applications feature has been around for several years, Google is making the process much more visible to users.

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Here’s what you need to know about Find My Device and how to set it up on your phone.

Will my phone work with Find My Device?

Before we show you how to start installing and configuring Find My Device, it is important to know if your phone will work with it. If you’re running a device running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or later, you can install Find My Device. This means that more than 99% of active Android devices – or 2 billion devices worldwide – are eligible to install Find My Device.

How to install Find My Device

Find My Device must be installed immediately on the latest phones, but you can download it manually from the Play Store. We will detail for you:

  1. Open Game store on the home screen or in the app drawer.
  2. Search for Find my device.
  3. Touch three points next to first search result and select Install.

    Find My Device installation

How to enter Find My Device

After installation, you’ll need to sign in to Find my device in your Google account. If you are connected to more than one account on the phone, you will have a drop-down menu where you can select the account you want to associate with the phone.

  1. Open Find device on the home screen or in the app drawer.
  2. Select the google account you want to use the service.
  3. Hit the Continue as button.

    Find my device

  4. Insert your Google account password.
  5. Touch Sign in.
  6. To give local access for service.

    Find My Device login password

How to see if your phone can be discovered with Find My Device

After logging into Find My Device, you will see a map with your current location, your phone make and model, and two options – Play sound and Enable lock and delete. Enabling the latter option will allow you to start using the Lock and Delete functions.

If you have connected more than one phone, you can select a specific device by browsing the list at the top of the screen.

  1. Open Find my device on the home screen or in the app drawer.
  2. Select your phone on list of devices at the top of the screen.
  3. See if your phone is detectable.

    Find My Device

If you are unable to find the phone or indicate that the device is not available, location services are likely to be disabled. Find My Device has GPS to track your phone, so now is a good time to activate location services.

  1. Open Definitions on the home screen or in the app drawer.
  2. Touch Location.
  3. Alternance Enable location services.

    Find my device's location

How to locate your phone over the Internet

If you lost your phone, locate it remotely via Find my device website. You will need to sign in to the Google Account used to set up Find My Device. It takes a few seconds, but the service should be able to track your phone. Alternatively, you can also do a Google search for “find my cell” to locate your phone.

  1. Go to Find my device website.
  2. Log in to your google account.
  3. Make sure your device is visible.

    Find my device website

How to touch your phone with Find My Device

The best part of Find My Device is that it is easily accessible. If you need to locate the phone, simply access the website or access the service using another phone. After logging into Find my device and finding your device, you can use the Play music , which plays a loud tone on the phone continuously at maximum volume for five minutes, even if you turn off the ringer. After finding the phone, you can press the power button to stop the ring.

  1. Locate your phone Find my device.
  2. Touch Play music.
  3. Your device will start to play. You can press the power button to stop the sound.

    Find My device plays sound

How to lock your phone with Find My Device

There is also a Block option to set a new password to unlock the phone. You can also display a message on the lock screen and add a button to call your number back, so that anyone who depends on the phone can easily reach you.

  1. Locate your phone Find my device.
  2. Touch Block.
  3. Enter a message and phone number to display on the lock screen and tap Block.

    Find my device

How to wipe data from your lost phone remotely

If you are sure that you will not see the phone again, there is a nuclear option to erase the data remotely. Selecting the Delete The option deletes all data on your phone. The service also deletes data from a connected SD card, but there is a chance that it won’t, based on the manufacturer and version of the Android platform. Even if the phone is turned off when you send the Delete command, the factory reset process will start as soon as it goes online.

  1. Locate your phone Find my device.
  2. Touch Delete.
  3. Confirm the deletion of the data by pressing the Delete button.

    Erase my device

Find My Device is the only tool needed to track the missing phone. The best part is that it comes installed immediately and, once configured, you don’t have to do much with it. Having a service like this is useful, but you should also make a point of write down your phone’s serial and IMEI numbers. You can never be too careful, and in a scenario where you lose your phone or it is stolen, an IMEI number allows you to unregister your phone from cellular networks.

Paula Fonseca