Google created an official tool to track your Android device. The application can be accessed from a web browser, tablet, or another phone. Visit the following URL: android.com/find
The website will redirect to https://www.google.com/android/find. Log in to your Google account and choose a device to locate. You can see the latest location/WiFi information and even send a signal for the phone to start ringing. The volume will be turned up automatically if it was set to silent or vibrate.
Another option is to use a third-party app. These sometimes come with extra features that make the installation worth it. Here are a few apps that include tracking features for missing or stolen Android devices.
- GPS Phone Tracker - This app's primary focus is to track your phone’s location in real-time. The service can be used to remotely locate your phone if missing or stolen. You set the security parameters and choose who has access to see your location.
- Avast Antivirus - This app is primarily an anti-virus suite, but it comes with a few noteworthy anti-theft features. The app, of course, can locate your phone. It can also send audio and video from your phone while keeping the screen turned off. You can set the app to automatically register your phone as lost if the SIM card is changed.
If you're unable to track your phone with neither official or third-party apps, report the device as lost or stolen.
- Contact your carrier to notify them of the missing device.
- Ask if anything can be done to track or recover the device on their side.
- If necessary, you may request the device be remotely wiped. This may not be possible if the phone cannot be detected.
If the phone can't be recovered, you will need a replacement.
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