Unable to find your mobile phone? Here’s how you can track it
People usually carry their mobile phones everywhere they go and seldom end up losing the same or keeping them at places they can’t remember.
These days, mobile phones are not merely used for calling and dropping a text, but they have become devices that are used to store all personal information, photos, documents, contact numbers and everything that a person requires on the go. This information is very crucial and a person might get in trouble if he loses his phone, or worse, it gets stolen.
But fret not, there is an in-built option on your device, which, if activated, can act as a lifesaver by helping you find a lost or stolen phone.
Here is how you can track your device using the ‘Find my device’ setting:
Both Android and iOS devices come with an in-built ‘Find my device’ setting, which can be activated anytime on a phone by the owner. Follow these simple steps to set it up:
For Android users:
Step 1: Go to the settings menu and select the ‘Security’ tab.
Step 2: Then, go to the ‘Find my device’ option and turn it on. A person needs to enter their Google account password to verify the identity.
Step 3: Once the setting is activated, you can test it out by visiting https://www.google.com/android/find from another device, like a laptop or any other mobile device.
The service will begin by searching for your phone using the Google account which was used on the lost device. If not, sign in to your account by clicking on the user icon on the top right corner of the website.
The setting will now display the phone’s location on a map. Once the device is located, you have three options: play sound, secure the device, erase the device. You can choose any option, depending on whether your device was missing or has been stolen.
For iOS users:
On iOS devices, this setting is activated by default. To verify that this feature is activated, follow these steps:
Step 1: Open the Settings and select your name on top of the settings menu to open your Apple ID settings.
Step 2: Navigate to the ‘Find my’ setting below and click on it.
Step 3: Ensure that the ‘Find my iPhone setting is ‘On’; if not, do so by selecting the option and turning it on.
Step 4: You can test this feature by visiting https://www.icloud.com/find/ and signing in with your iCloud password.
After signing in, you can follow the steps aforementioned to locate the device.
Is an internet connection necessary to track a lost device?
Yes, the device needs to have an active internet connection to send its approximate location. However, you can use your phone’s location history to see where it was located before its internet connection stopped. For this to work, location history needs to be activated on the phone. If you haven’t done that, you don’t have another choice but wait and hope that someone turns it on and connects to the web.
Other apps to track a lost phone:
Although Google’s own tools are probably the best options, there are a few third-party tools that can be downloaded on phones, as an additional layer of security.
A few of these apps are – Ceberus, Lost Android, Prey Anti Theft, and so on. These applications have free versions and can be installed from the play store.
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