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    Google Find My Device: How to Locate Lost Phone?


    You can either ping your device, secure your device or completely wipe out your device.

    By Sagnik Dasgupta | 
    Updated: 2nd Dec 2021 16:42 IST
    Google Find My Device: How to Locate Lost Phone

    Highlights of the Story

    • Google Find My Device allows you to secure or find your lost phone.
    • Once you set it up, the feature automatically takes over.
    • There are three primary options to choose from once your phone is lost.

    Smartphones make our work simple. They do most of our work so that we can relax. Need to solve a tough math equation that would take half an hour? Type it on your phone and solve the question within seconds. Smartphones help save your time in simple tasks so that you can do and achieve all that you want. If one does not have his or her smartphone for even a few hours, all their work can come to a standstill. There are reminders, alarms, notes without which you may forget important tasks. Even more, you will not have anything for others to contact you.

    Our smartphones have become quite literally a part of us in the contemporary world. Google Find My Device is a feature that allows you to keep track of it in case you lose it. If you lose sight of it even for a second, it is definitely not a good time. Whether you have a hole in your pocket and it accidentally fell somewhere or just left it somewhere, losing your smartphone can definitely be a traumatic experience. However, if you have an Android device, the Google Find My Device feature is there to save the day!

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    Google Find My Device: Setting it Up

    Before getting into the feature, there are two things that you do need to know. Firstly, the Google Find My Device will work only if your device’s location services are turned on. Secondly, the feature needs to be toggled on in settings as well. So let us take a quick look at how to locate your lost phone with this feature.

    Now, in some devices, this particular feature comes in-built. However, in others, that is not the case. If your phone doesn’t have this feature, you can download an app and set it up. To see if you already have it, head over to Settings > Security and look for the Find My Device option. Now, if this feature is already there on your device and turned off, toggle it on. If your device does not have it, simply head over to the Google Play Store and download the Google Find My Device app.

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    Next up, you would want to turn on your smartphone’s location settings. To do so:

    • First off, head over to your smartphone’s Location Settings. Then, once you tap and get in, you will be able to see if it’s toggled on or off.
    • If the location services of your device are turned off, turn it on.

    Google Find My Device: Steps to Locate Your Android Phone

    Now that you have pretty much done the basics before getting into the Google Find My Device feature, we can get into the real thing. In order to use the feature and finally locate your lost phone, here is what you need to do:

    Step 1: Head over to the Google Search Page on your laptop or desktop. Now, type and search for “Find My Device.”

    Google Find My Device Allow Location Access

    Step 2: If you have not used this feature before, Google will ask permission for location data access. Allow this.

    Step 3: You will then be redirected to a page with three options to choose from.

    Google Find My Device Options

    Step 4: Tapping on the Play Sound option makes your device ring out for five minutes, even if it’s on silent mode. This allows you to locate your device via the Google Find My Device feature if it is near.

    The Secure Device option locks out your device from access to whoever has it now and automatically signs out of your Google account or accounts.

    The last option is to completely wipe out your device by erasing the data on it. However, this is the last resort as after selecting this option, although your data will not fall into the wrong hands, you will never be able to find your device again.

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    We hope you won’t lose your phones now and even if you do, you will be able to find them. Even if you are someone who doesn’t lose their phone easily, this can be beneficial for any future situation. Losing your phone is not a possibility that can be taken lightly. You know the harm it can cause to your daily life, so you should be prepared to avoid it. For more such updates, ideas, recommendations about applications to download and the latest phones to buy, log into our website and follow our blogs. Knowing such information in advance can help make your life easier and simpler. 

    We hope this feature helps you in finding your smartphone as soon as possible or securing your priceless personal data on it right away.


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