Track your lost phone using a computer
If your Android device is lost or got stolen, you can simply track your phone using Android Device Manager, a free service by Google. To do this, one must enable this feature on their Android Device. Enabling this, will allow you to track, lock or even wipe all your phone data from your PC.
Android Device Manager is available for both phones and Android wearable devices. In order to use this, you need to login into the Google account associated with your mobile phone.
After activating the service, you can easily locate your device by visiting this site: https://www.google.com/android/find
Android Device Manager has four main feature:
- Provides functionality to make phone ring.
- Enables the user to wipe all the contents.
- Allows the user to lock their phone remotely.
- Displays a map of the last known location.
Android also allows third- party tracking solution, which are more useful. Apps like, Avast! Anti – theft app (for rooted device) or Android Lost allows you to start tracking a device remotely. To use such apps you need not to set up tracking software ahead of time. Other tracking solutions offer more powerful features like the ability to take photos with the phone’s camera or listen in on the phone’s surroundings with its microphone.
If your phone is switched off, you can check your location history to find its last location. You can do this by visiting myaccount.google.com/activitycontrols, after that tap on Manage Activity under Location History. You’ll see a map of all places in which your device has reported its location during the time specify by you. The las known location is where Google last saw it before the battery died.
The map shows the last known location of the phone using Google Maps with an accuracy of 800 m approx. The location history uses Wi-fi and mobile signals rather than GPS.