Smartphones these days are very expensive, and losing them is always a big deal. The best smartphones already cost an arm and a leg and to be frankly honest. So, why not figure out where your phone is before giving up?
A phone locator app will help you keep track of your smartphone in a very classy and high-tech way. We have selected the 10 best find my android phone app you must know and made a list out of them.
Warning: We strongly recommend that after locating your stolen smartphone, kindly inform the authorities. Joy of Android does not endorse vigilantism and we value your safety. Let the police do the recovery, do not risk yourself.
Note: The apps were tested on a Samsung Galaxy S3 smartphone running on a custom ROM based on Android 4.4 Kit Kat. One app was tested on a Nexus One smartphone running Android 2.3. The PC side of the apps was tested on a Windows 8.1 based personal computer and Firefox browser. All the apps performed up to the mark and there were no problems faced while locating the smartphone.
1. AntiDroidTheft – Free
Are you always losing your Android smartphone? It is very inconvenient isn’t it? We have just the right solution here. AntiDroidTheft like the name suggests is a find my android phone app. The app can use Global Positioning Service to locate your smartphone in no time. The app not only locates your smartphone but also keeps track of changes to SIM card and phone numbers. The app is very fast and can locate a smartphone almost accurately. Of Couse there will be some minor inconsistencies in the app but that is not much of a big deal.
- Fast and reliable locating.
- SIM and number changes record is useful.
- Can be used to keep children safe.
This find my Android phone or tablet app also has spy camera option. This means you can take pictures from the stolen smartphone. Maybe you will be lucky and see a landmark, which then can be used to track down the thief.
2. Lost Phone Tracker Plan B – Free
After you are gone
Plan B is a great name for the app which lets you find your smartphone even if you have not taken any anti-theft measures. That is right, the app doesn’t need to be installed beforehand to track your stolen smartphone. All you have to do is to install this app from any PC and it will download automatically on your smartphone. On some smartphones the app automatically turns on the GPS which allows it to trace the location of the smartphone. If you want to locate again, all you have to do is send a text with “locate” written on it and the app will send an email to your account with the location.
- Simple to install and use.
- Can enable GPS on some smartphones.
- Location can be tracked multiple times.
Of course the ability to be installed after the phone has gone missing makes this app unique in the 10 best find my Android phone or tablet app list. The only downside is that the app is compatible with only Android version 2.2 to 2.3.7.
3. Prey Anti Theft – Free
Prey on thieves
Prey Anti Theft is another good app which allows you great control over your smartphone, even when it is not in your hands. The app can inform you when the SIM card is changed from your stolen smartphone. You can also get SMS alerts about the smartphone and its location on another number. This means you can have information handy when contacting the law enforcement officials.
- GPS and WiFi triangulation locates your smartphone.
- Take pictures with both, front and back cameras.
- Lock the device remotely.
- Display a tailored alert message on screen.
- Network information gathering.
You can ring a very loud alarm, even if the phone is on silent. This may not be a big feature but it will surely be a big problem in the middle of the night for the thief.
4. Find My Phone – $0.99
Find it will ya?
Find My Phone is one of the most focused find my Android phone or tablet app you can find on the Google Play Store. The app page proudly states that the app only tracks your smartphone and does it well. If you happen to misplace your smartphone or think it is stolen, simply send a text to your smartphone and the app will reply you back with the current location. You can even find out how much the battery is remaining.
- SIM Change notifications.
- Get location on Google Maps.
- Text the phone and it will ring at maximum volume to check proximity.
If you have some very important data on your smartphone you might want to use the remote wipe feature of the app. It will basically wipe everything from the smartphone including pictures and contacts.
5. McAfee security – Free
Secure and safe
McAfee makes some of the best digital gadget protection products. We have used their anti-virus programs on Windows and they are remarkable. No wonder that their free app for Android is also a great one. While the app is essentially an anti-virus one but it does come with really great phone locating features. The app can capture photos of the person holding it and email it to you with the location. The app also saves the last location of the device before the battery dies. This means when the phone is shut down by the thief, you can at least have an estimated location.
- The app can lock the device remotely.
- Remotely wiping the data is a huge feature.
- Last location is sent to you before battery dies.
- Backing up and restoring data can also be done.
The app has uninstall-protection built in. This means that the thief can no longer uninstall the app and you can always track your phone down.
6. Find my Phone – Free
Where is it?
Find my phone is a very easy to use straightforward app. If you constantly misplace your smartphone and need to locate it in a hurry, this is the best find my Android app on the Play Store. The app uses secure data from smartphone companies in order to track down your smartphone and give you an almost accurate location. The app includes a navigational feature which shows exactly how you can reach your stolen smartphone.
- Simple to use interface.
- Fast and reliable.
- One of the most accurate apps around.
The speed at which this app locates your smartphone is quite remarkable. The accuracy is also very good.
7. Android Lost – Free
Is this your phone?
Android Lost? Well worry no more as the best find my Android phone app is just a click away from you. The app is highly capable of finding your lost smartphone and hopefully helping you recover it. The all allows you to read send and receive messages to track the thief. You can also wipe the phone’s internal memory as well as the microSD card. The app is also able to lock the phone and start an alarm complete with flashing screen. Phone status, battery charge and phone IMEI can also be retrieved after the smartphone is stolen.
- Remote SMS alarm, SMS lock and unlock.
- Remote APN control.
- Can enable GPS and WiFi for location tracing.
- The app can be hidden from launcher.
Not only you can erase all the internal memory of the smartphone but the app also allows you to remove data from the microSD card. This is a truly powerful app.
8. Lookout Security – Free
Lookout for sneaks
Lookout Security is an anti-virus at heart but also comes with some really good phone tracking features. These features may but be as fancy as other apps in the list but the way they are presented just oozes quality. The app allows you to track your lost smartphone via an internet browser and the location is very accurate. The app uses the standard GPS and WiFi triangulation to determine the location of the phone and displays it on an interactive map on your browser.
- Very sleek and fast UI.
- Anti-Virus and security features are also great.
- The app can sound off an alarm even if the phone is on silent.
- The app stores the last known location of the smartphone.
If the thief tries to unlock your smartphone by inputting codes on the lock screen, the app will take a picture and send it directly to you.
9. Wheres My Droid – Free
I left it right here!
Wheres My Droid? Asks the app and thankfully answers the question is a well-managed and fast way. The app has a simple yet clean interface which combines the best features of every find my Android phone and tablet app and delivers a complete package. There are multiple options in the app but each and every one of them is explained explicitly. If you don’t know which option to turn on and which to keep off, the explanation will help you decide. The app can make your phone ring and vibrate if you feel you have lost it at home somewhere.
- Find your droid by GPS.
- Location alert on low battery is a plus.
- Passcode protection and stealth mode.
The stealth mode allows you to hide the texts which you send to locate the device. This means the thief will be oblivious to the fact that smartphone is being located.
10. Cerberus – Free trial and $4.12
A three headed solution
Cerberus wins the best design award in the Find my Android phone and tablet app list. The app simple surpasses anything we have tested on the Google Play Store. And we are including the website design in the evaluation as well. The app has three ways to protect your smartphone. One is remote control though the official site of the app which can be accessed from any web browser. Secondly on is remote control by sending text messages to your smartphone from another number. And thirdly the app alerts you when there is a SIM card change in the smartphone.
- Locate and track your smartphone.
- Start a loud and irritating alarm.
- Completely delete the contents of your smartphone.
The app icon can be completely hidden from the app drawer and it only consumes very minimal energy. This way the thief wouldn’t even know the tracking is in progress.
Google Android Device Manager is a very simple app supplied by the makers of Android. The app can locate your smartphone and show the location of the phone on Google Maps. Erasing all data from the phone and resetting the screen lock PIN are also possible.
The best find my Android phone apps is the one which locates your smartphone. Depending on your smartphone and your location, it is advisable that you install two of the apps on your smartphone. At least have Android Device Manager on your phone at all times. If any of these apps help you in finding your smartphone, please do tell us the story in the comments below. We do like to hear a good love story about separation and reuniting.