How to locate your lost Android device

Q - What happens when your Android cellphone gets stolen or gets lost somewhere? 
A - You try to call it to see if its somewhere around you or if someone picks it up, Right? What if its on the silent mode?

Well, there are a lot of third party apps out there that would help you locate your Android device, but none better than Google's own "Android Device Manager". You don't need to root or unlock your device for this, whats more, you don't have to download or install it from anywhere.

Cuz, it comes pre-installed on your cellphone and tablets!

Here's how it works:

'Android Device Manager' is a service that comes pre-installed on Android cellphones/tablets running on Gingerbread 2.3.x or higher. All you need to do is activate it which is as easy as ticking two check boxes.

How to activate "Android Device Manager"

  • You need to be signed in to your Gmail account on the Android device.
  • Internet connectivity (3G/WiFi)
In case you loose your Android cellphone/tablet, go online from another computer/mobile device and head onto or search Android Device Manager on Google and click the first result.

Once there, login using the same Gmail account as on your lost cellphone. Once you login, you would be able to see your device listed there and get the following options that you can choose from:
  • Ring - Your lost device will ring at maximum volume for 5 minutes.
  • Lock - Reset your device's screen lock PIN
  • Erase - Erase all data on the phone
  • Location - You would also be able to track the exact location of your cellphone/tablet (if online) on Google Maps.
I was able to successfully use all the options mentioned above on my Nexus 7 as well as my old Android cellphone, the Samsung Galaxy SL i9003. Go ahead and activate this feature on your Android device before you loose it. 

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