Use Google To Locate Your Misplaced Android Phone

Misplacing a phone is something we’ve all done. Some of us leave our phones at work, at home, at a restaurant, and then wonder where we might have lost it. Did we have it with us when we walked in and should we search the sofa before we announce a reward for anyone who has some information on the lost device. Google has made the search for our misplaced phones easier; it lets you Google where your phone is, and will even ring your device for you so you can locate it. You must have the latest version of the Google Search app installed on your device for this to work.

Open your browser and make sure you’re signed into Google search using the same account you use on your phone. Google, ‘where is my phone’ or ‘find my phone’ or anything to that effect. You will see the following in the search results;

Your device is identified by the name you’ve given it with an option to make it ring. Click through the search result (you will be asked to sign in again) and you will see options for making the device ring, to lock it, and to erase it.

Android Device Manager

The ring and location feature will help you find your phone if you’ve left it some place or if you’ve just misplaced it at home between books or it’s fallen into the sofa. When your device rings, you can silence it by pressing the sleep/wake button. Your phone must be connected to the internet. It doesn’t necessarily need to have a SIM card inserted in it but it does need an internet connection. And because I can’t quite help myself I have to point out that iOS did have this feature before Android did.

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About Kelli Smith

Kelli Smith
Kelli runs customer support and creates content for Skillcrush, a digital skills training and education platform with friendly instructors, an active student community, and laser focus on helping you achieve your career goals with technology. She has an MBA and successfully ran an international company and her own freelancing business before pursuing her passion for tech by taking advanced web development classes. Kelli loves listening to tech podcasts at 2x speed, looking for cute Corgi photos online and teaching and performing country line dancing—as a true Texan living in Finland would do. Say hi on Twitter.

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