Wednesday, 2 April 2014

How to find a lost or stolen Android phone

Pattern Lock
Phones Equipped with Proper Tools in Locating Devices

Mobile phones hold plenty of information of the user and in the event of it being stolen or lost; it can be very disheartening to the person. Smartphone have now become part of our life and losing it could cause the user a lot of worry and tension. Since it has all important information related to the user, their contacts and addresses and even financial information, the user may be subject to losing all these information if their phone tends to gets into the hands of the wrong person.

In most cases, one would want the phone back with all the information safe. With technology making great headways in providing solution to every problem, retrieving a lost phone is not altogether an impossible task. Since our phones are already equipped with proper tools in locating devices as well as securing it from remote location, the problem of losing phone without any trace is a thing of the past. With the help of tools like Android Device Manager, and Lookout, user can now locate and get their phones back if stolen or lost.

Lock Screen Pattern or Password

Individuals could use Apps like AirDroid for remote access of files and information which are needed as well as utilize advanced features like remote camera access and SMS text messaging. The most important precaution and essential thing to do at first is to enable a lock screen pattern or password though this will not help to locate the phone but in the event of losing or it being stolen, the user’s information and privacy would be safe. Options for setting the lock screen information could be explored on the devices since there are some which have options for setting up lock screen information like the name and address of alternative number which can be reached in case phones are lost.

Register Through Android Device Manager

The main option in locating your phone is to ensure that the device is properly registered and accessible through the Android Device Manager which is a handy tool released by Google in 2013 using the advent of Google Play Services making sure of equipping all updated Android device with it though some of the devices have the features enabled out of the box. To get started, one could ensure that the Android Device Manager is enabled as a device administrator by going to Setting > Security and Screen Lock > Device Administrators, on the Android device.

Name of the menus and exact location may differ among phones and hence exploring or checking the user manual for specific device would be helpful. Thereafter the option of Android Device Manager could be checked. This will also be appropriate to head into the device’s location setting, making sure the GPS services are enabled and functional.

Though the GPS is not required in locating the device, it would make the reading accurate with a clear idea of the exact location of the device. Next is to go to Google Setting application and select Android Device Manager from the list of options and check on `Remotely locate this device’ and `Allow remote lock and factory reset’, which will be self explanatory once you reach the browser based dashboard, which is a simple user interface enabling to locate all devices from a remote location.