One of the most useful applications created by Google in recent years is the Android Device Manager. So, what is the Android Device Manager? Android Device Manager or ADM, in short, is a way you can track your lost Android devices that includes your phone or tablet.
How does the Android Device Manager work? Google is able to track the location of your Android devices such as your phone and tablet via the Global Positioning System or GPS in short. The GPS transmitter in your smartphones or tablets will transmit its location to a constellation of 24 satellites that are circumventing our earth.
The location will then be shown on the Android Device Manager website in which it is only accessible to you via your Google account.
However, there is a pre-requisite condition for the Android Device Manager to work.
1. The phone or device is turned on
2. It is connected to the Internet via Data or Wi-Fi
3. The phone or device has already been signed on to your Google account
4. The Location Reporting is enabled
So, how you can use the Android Device Manager? Here are the steps:-
You then need to log into your Google account. You can use your Gmail account to log in
If you have already logged into your Google account on your Android devices, it will automatically detect which phone or devices that are connected. You can then choose either “Ring”, “Lock” or “Erase” your Android device.
You can ring your device if you feel that your device location is nearby
You can lock it if your device is lost
You can erase the data on your device if you think that someone has stolen your device
So, there you have it. A simple explanation of what is Android Device Manager and how you can use it if you have lost your Android-based smartphone or tablet. Please leave us a comment on what do you think of the Android Device Manager. Please check also our previous article on the top 3 ways how you can track your phone using Google.
If you just got your phone stolen or lost, keep calm. These are the 5 steps that you need to do first. These few simple steps may help you to secure back your phone.
1. GIVE YOUR PHONE A CALL
The easiest thing to do once you realised your phone is no longer in your pocket to is to give your phone a call. However, this would not work if you set your phone on silent and non-vibrating. Just borrow your friends or family’s phone and try calling your phone.
For iPhone users
If you are using iPhone, you can make your phone to ring by either going to iCloud.com or use the “Find iPhone” app. You can use the “Find iPhone” app from other Apple devices such as iPad. Here are the steps to make your iPhone to ring
And if you are using Android, you can use Hangout or Skype to call to your phone from a laptop. Depending on the instant messaging application, there might be cost to call your phone.
2. LOCK YOUR PHONE
After you done step 1 but you still could not find your phone, you must always assume that it is stolen. Even though there is a possibility that you misplaced or left it at other places, always lock your phone immediately if you are not sure where they are. This is a security precaution to protect your valuable confidential data in your phone. The loss of monetary value is not that significant if compared to the loss of your private confidential data in your phone. So, how do you lock your phone immediately once lost?
Here are the steps
For iPhone Users
You can remotely lock your phone by using this simple steps. You can also visit iCloud.com to do the same function.
Tap on the “Find iPhone” app or go to iCloud.com
Choose the “Lost Mode” option to lock your phone.
When your iPhone is in Lost Mode, you can basically Lock your iPhone and can only be open with the passcode that you have set earlier on.You can display a custom message on the screen iPhone remotely. You can type a message asking anybody who found your iPhone to return it back to you. Any credit or debit cards in the wallet for Apple pay will be suspended immediately.
For Android phone users, you can use these steps to lock your phone
Go to android.com/devicemanager and sign in to your Google account.
Choose the device that is lost.
3. PROTECT YOUR DATA
So, after you have lock your phone, the next best thing is to protect the data in your phone. This must be done if you feel that your phone have been stolen and might be in the wrong hands. Here are steps you can do to protect the data in your lost phone
For iPhone, you can erase your data remotely by using this simple steps.
Go to the Find iPhone App or iCloud.com
Choose the Erase iPhone Mode
The erase process will only begin once your device is online. However, if you have erase your iPhone but you manage to found it later, you can restore the information on your iPhone using the iCloud Backup.
For Android Users, you can erase your data by following these simple steps.
Go to your Android Device Manager at Android.com/devicemanager
Log out from your Gmail account on your phone
Another step that you need to take to protect your data is to quickly log out from your Gmail that is connected to your phone remotely. This is to protect any private and confidential data from your Gmail to fall onto the wrong hands. Follow these simple steps to log out from your Gmail account in your phone remotely.
Go to myaccount.google.com
Log onto your account
Choose the ‘Find Your Phone’ option
Choose the ‘Sign out on your phone’ option
4. TRACK YOUR PHONE’S LOCATION
After locking and erasing your phone, the next best step is to try tracking your phone’s location. Luckily, we are now in the era of smartphones and therefore tracking your phone either by GPS or IP is now possible. Here are the steps you need to take to locate your phone.
For iPhone users
The best method to track your lost iPhone is by using the ‘Find iPhone’ app that already pre-installed in your iPhone. With the iCloud environment, you are able to track where are your Apple devices are located in a map. Follow these simple steps
Tap the Find iPhone app or go to iCloud.com
Choose the device that you have lost
The app or the website will immediately shows you the location of your device if it is on or the last location it is on.
For Android Users
You can use Google Maps to see the Timeline of your location. The timeline tracks the device that you singed into using your Google account. Google uses your location, search and browsing info to track the location.
Go to Google Maps and logged into your account
Click on Your Timeline
Google Maps will show you the route your devices have taken. You need enable this prior to using this feature
After all of that steps have been done, you then need to do a police report if you are convinced that your phone have been stolen. Important information to put in the police report are
1. Description of your phone. (Model, Colour, etc.)
2. IMEI number of your phone. Read here on how to find your IMEI number
3. Last place that you remember having your phone
4. Suspected place where it was stolen or missing
5. Show the location of the phone that you have tracked using Step 4 (Applicable only if you manage to track that phone)
So, there you have it the 5 steps you can immediately do if you just got your phone stolen or lost.