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How to Track Android Phone to Keep it From Running Away

Have your ever lost your Android phone and wished you had a way to track its location?

Did someone swipe it from your bag and you want to locate the thief before they access all of your information?

Having everything on your smartphone can be a bad idea as you might lose all of your information if your phone gets lost or stolen. What’s even worse is that someone might be able to steal the confidential information from your phone rather than you just losing it.

Like most other Android problems, there are several solutions available for this. You really can’t complain about the Android OS, since while it may have its flaws, it does have several solutions for such problems. Learning how to track Android phone is always a good idea to find where your phone is located.  Here are the methods that you can use to track your Android phone.

Method 1: Android Device Manager

This is probably the easiest and most reliable method to track your Android phone since this comes directly from Google and is built into Android devices. You don’t need any third party app, and you can easily enable tracking on your Android device using the built-in Android Device Manager.

Step 1

Go to the Settings app on your Android device and click on Security.

Step 2

While in Security, tap on Device Administrators.

Device administrators Android Device Manager

Step 3

Next, check on the Android Device Manager option under Device Administrators. After you check this option, you’ll get a popup asking for certain permissions. Simply click on Activate. The phone’s part is now done and it is is ready to be tracked.

Enable Android Device Manager

Activate Android Device Manager

Step 4

Next, you’ll need to use your PC in order to track Android device. For this, open the Android Device Manager page on your PC. Once you open it, you’ll need  to sign in with your Google account. Make sure that you use the same ID that you use on your Android smartphone.

Step 5

After you log in, you will get up a popup asking for permission to use your location. Click Accept.

Step 6

Next, you’ll get the list of Android devices that are registered with your Google ID. Simply choose the one that you want to track.

Step 7

Now, you’ll need to click on the GPS/Location icon in order to find the exact location of your device.  This might take a while since the location is shown via Google Maps.

Track location Android Device Manager

Step 8

If your device is lost somewhere in your house, you can also click on the Ring option. This will make your phone ring for five minutes at full volume. You can also select the Setup Lock and Erase option to lock your device and make sure that unauthorized people cannot use the information.

Ring Android Device Manager


Method 2: Android Lost

This is another great way to track Android phone if it is lost or stolen. Not only does the app work flawlessly, once you install it on your device, but it also lets you install it on your Android phone remotely, meaning that if your phone is already lost or stolen, and you haven’t installed the app as yet, then you don’t really need to worry because installing the app remotely is quite easy.

Step 1

Download and install the Android Lost app on your Android smartphone. You can download it using the Google Play button below.

Download-on-Google-Play

If you have your phone with you, then that’s great. However, if your phone is already lost or is stolen, you can install the app remotely through your PC via your Google account. Your device, however, will need to have internet access and should be logged in with your Google account.

Step 2

Once the app is installed, simply launch it using your app drawer, and the app should automatically register with your Google account. If, however, the device has  already been stolen or lost, you’ll need to send an SMS to your device with the words “androidlost register.” This should automatically register the app with your Google account remotely.

Step 3

Now, you’ll need to use your PC in order to track your Android device. Open the Android Lost website on your PC and sign in with your Google ID and password. Once you sign in, you will be automatically connected to your Android device through Android Lost.

Android Lost Connect

Step 4

Once you are logged in, you will be able to the get the exact location of your Android device via GPS. Also, you will be able to perform additional features such as reading messages on your phone, ringing your phone, locking your device, wiping and erasing everything from your device and using the camera to take pictures.

Android Lost Controls


Conclusion

Making sure that you are able to track Android phone if it gets lost or stolen is a smart thing to do. Just because it hasn’t happened to you yet doesn’t mean that it won’t happen. This is why you should keep your device ready just in case. You can even try installing spy software or turning your phone into a spy camera to see what other people are doing with your phone. It’s also important to install backup apps so you don’t lose information when your phone is stolen or lost.

All of the methods above provide a great way to track android phone using your PC. Whichever method you choose, make sure that you follow all the instructions properly, because once your device is lost, you won’t be able to set up the tracking software. Try the methods above and let us know in the comments how it goes.

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