Top 3 Ways to Track Your Phone Using Google

With the advancement of mobile technology, almost all smart phone nowadays comes equipped with GPS. The smart phones ability to automatically connect to the internet wherever it is based also provides many ways and methods in tracking your devices. There are also many applications that have been developed to utilize this technology. Read our previous articles to know more on GPS in your phone and also how you can turn off your smart phone’s GPS. Google has also developed several services that utilizes the GPS installed in our smart phones so that you are able to track your location as well as your friend’s location in real time. Google can also track your devices location based on Wi-Fi and nearest cell towers connected. This services will also come in handy if you lost your phone and want to track it. Here in this article, we will list down the top 3 ways to track your lost phone using Google.



1. Track your phone using Android Device Manager

In order for you to be able to track your phone using the Android Device Manager, your android based phone must be activated first. Follow this steps to enable your phone.

Step 1
Open your administrative settings of your phone. Enable the Android Device Manager. This will enable you to track, lock and also erase your phone from anywhere in case you lost your phone.

Step 2
You will also need to enable your Location Reporting in your setting. This will allow your phone GPS to send and receive signals from Google.

So, in the case that you misplaced or lost your phone, you can use Android Device Manager to track your phone but with the condition that
1. The phone is turn on
2. The phone must be connected to the internet via a mobile data or Wi-Fi connection

Now, here are the steps that needs to be followed if you want to use the Android Device Manager:-
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Step 1
You need to sign in to your Google Account. You can visit this site
Android Device Manager

Step 2
Once you logged in, the Android Device Manager will show your devices exact location in a Google Map. If you have more than one devices connected, click on the arrow next to the device name.

Step 3
You will then have the option to ring it so that you can know where it is if it is nearby, lock it if you are afraid someone have stolen it and also erase all the data inside your phone so that the person who stole your phone will not get the sensitive and confidential information inside your phone.


2. Track your phone using Your Timeline in Google Maps

This feature has been long in the Google services but not many are aware of it. It was once known as Google Location History but have been revamped to now known as ‘Your Timeline’. ‘Your Timeline’ was designed by Google to help you track back the places and routes you have travelled. It is set at private and therefore only you can see your timeline. The interesting thing with this service is that it does not rely on GPS but to the internet connection in which your devices is connected. Therefore, this device that it can help to track can be your laptop, tablet and also your smart phone.
Google Timeline
However, the pre-requisite for you to start using this services is that you must:-
1. Have your device log in to your Google account.
2. Location Reporting must be activated in your device
3. Your device is connected to the internet.

Here are the simple steps required if you lost your phone and want to use this feature to track your phone.

Step 1
Visit ‘Your timeline’ page here
Google ‘Your Timeline’
Log into your Google account.

Step 2
Once you log in to your Google account, it will show whether you have a connected devices or not.Choose the time and date in the left bar. The timeline will then show your devices previous location and the time it was connected to the internet.

3. Track your phone using your Google Account

Another way you can track your phone or devices using Google is by accessing your Google account. It works similar as tracking in ‘Your Timeline’. However, instead of giving you the devices footprint over time, the google account will only show you when was the last time your devices was connected to the internet. As long as your devices are log in into your Google account, it will record the last time you log in whenever there is an internet connection. It will show you the location, date and also time information. Similar as using ‘Your Timeline’, it uses Wi-Fi and cell tower information in tracking your devices. Read our previous article on how cell towers can track your phone. These information would prove useful at least to know an estimate location of your lost devices. Follow the steps here to track your phone using your Google Account.
track phone using google account
Step 1
Open a browser and log into your Google Account

Step 2
Once you are in your account, choose ‘Device Activity & Notifications’
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Step 3
In the ‘Device Activity & Notifications’, you will see a list of devices connected to your Google account in ‘Recently used devices’. Tap on ‘Review devices’

Step 4
In the ‘Review devices’, choose the device that you want to locate. It will then show you the device’s last location, time and date recorded.

So, there you have it. The top 3 ways to track your phone using Google. Please leave a comment or visit our Youtube channel as well as our Google Plus to subscribe to our community.


SeekDroid

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If you ever lost a phone or want to track a phone, one of the best apps in the market that can do just that is SeekDroid. Developed by GT Media, LLC and with a price tag of $4.99, the primary function of the apps is to locate your phone anywhere. The fee is a one-time payment only and there is no monthly fees needed. It can remotely lock your device and can even run without a SIM card. You can also remotely wipe the data off your phone once your phone is in the wrong hands. The true advantage of Seekdroid is the website support for the app in which you can login from the web and check the location of your phone as well as do other functions such as checking the most recent call made on the device. So, after you downloaded the app, you need to sign up for your account at SeekDroid website in which you must register your username and password.


Keep this information somewhere safe as if you lose it or forget about it, you need to uninstall the app and reinstall it again. You will also need to sign up with a new registration at the website. The alarm function is also quite interesting in which you can remotely trigger the alarm to sound. This may be useful if you lost your phone somewhere inside your house and you want to find it quick. This function also can be used to annoy the crap out of the thief that stole your phone as the phone emits loud and irritating noise. Another big advantage that Seekdroid app has is the ability to hide the app from showing in your smartphone. This function is very critical as if your phone just got stolen, and the thief thinks he or she is clever enough to remove any tracking phone apps in the phone, he or she will never see the Seekdroid app as it is hidden mode. As long as it is on, you can track it using Seekdroid website.

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Find My Droid

Android phone are sometimes also known as droid phone. As Droid based phone are getting more and more popular nowadays, some people could not live without having his or her Droid phone close nearby. But how do you find your Droid if it got lost? But even with the all the security features set in the droid, sometimes the owner will misplaced the Droid phone and it is hard to find it.



The normal method people are using is just to call the lost phone from another phone and to find it once it is ringing. But, what if it is on silent mode? Devices nowadays are interconnected with the internet far more than before. With people now having more and more gadgets that they own, it is highly likely that these devices use some of internets cloud services. Due to the smart nature of an Android phone, there are several apps that you can use in this type of situation. If you own an Android phone and somehow was stolen or lost, you can use the Android Device Manager or in short ADM. The Android Device Manager basically shows where the location of your Android Devices in a map. There are also some apps that can be used to find your droid. Some of it is Plan B. Plan B will automatically detect the location of your phone and send an email to your Gmail telling the location. If you want to track it again, just borrow your friend’s phone and try locating your phone from there. It is a very simple step and would make sure you can trace your phone again.