Sometimes, when you’re having too much of a good time with friends and/or family, you may misplace or even lose your Android phone amid the enjoyment. All those feelings of happiness will turn into dread as you check your pockets and your bags. There are times when you do get lucky and your smartphone is just hanging out somewhere within the immediate vicinity. However, there are times when the handset is already in the hands of someone else, and you don’t know who that is. Keep calm first as there is a way for you to find your lost phone with the help of your computer.
Finding Your Lost Android Phone With Your Computer
Step 1 – If you did lose your Android phone, and are currently struggling to find its whereabouts as you’ve already tried retracing your steps, then what you can do is to head on to Google’s Android Device Manager. This can be used even when the app is not installed on your phone.
Step 2 – To take advantage of this feature, head on to a computer, connect it to the Internet, then open the Google Chrome browser. Furthermore, make sure that you’re logged into your Google account as this part is vital. Simply typing “Where is my phone” in the browser’s omnibox will let it do a quick search.
The browser will then load a mini Android Device Manager window that is located at the top of search results. While this is probably one of the first steps that you should take to know the whereabouts of your Android smartphone, at the time of writing, this feature is still pretty much a hit or miss when it comes to accuracy.
Step 3 – What you can do is to head on to the Google Android Device Manager web application itself rather than relying on the search results variant. When you are able to access it, you may be required to log in once more to your Google account for security purposes. Once in, it will immediately start tracking the whereabouts of your device. If you happen to have multiple devices registered to your Google account, then you can click on the small drop down box to select the gadget that’s missing.
Step 4 – The Google Android Device Manager should be able to locate your Android phone within a few seconds. However, do take note that there is a catch to using this feature and that is the smartphone needs to be have its location services (or GPS) turned on, and that it’s connected to the Internet. Otherwise, it will have trouble locating the Android device.
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