Lost your Android smartphone or tablet? Gmail will help you

Aug 11 2014, 10:29 IST
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Hiding in your plain sight is Android Device Manager. Hiding in your plain sight is Android Device Manager.
SummaryDonít panic! You can lock, erase or even find your Android device via your Gmail account.

Google has included some less known functions in Android which might help you get your smartphone or tablet back, in case you happen to misplace them or if it gets stolen. Hiding in your plain sight is Android Device Manager. You can lock or erase your device data remotely if it gets stolen. Also, in case you are finding it difficult to locate your phone, you can ďringĒ your device.

Android Device Manager is an in-built feature available in all latest Android versions. For older Android phones, you can download it from Play Store for free.

The moment you sign in with your Google account credentials from your Android smartphone or tablet, the device gets listed in Google Play. You can check this by visiting Google Play from your web browser and then head to Android Device Manager.

How to find Android Device Manager?

Open your Gmail account on any desktop/tablet browser.

Click on Apps (the square icon with nine small square boxes inside on the top right hand corner).

Go to Play.

Click on the small gear-like icon just below your G+ profile icon on the top right hand corner.

On clicking it, three options appear- My orders, Settings and Android Device Manager. Click on Android Device Manager to enter. You will be asked to re-enter your account password.

If you click on settings, you can find all the Android devices that are registered with that Google account.

Tip- It is highly recommended that once you buy any new Android device visit Android Device Manager from your web browser and configure your new Android device with the latest version of the app.

What to do inside Android Device Manager?

You will be greeted with a world map and on the top left hand side and will see a pop-up where Google is trying to locate your last used Android device. If you happen to use more than one Android device with the same Google account, you can select any device by clicking on the name.

You can easily see three buttons- ring, lock and erase- on that pop-up. If you simply want to find your device, you can use the ďringĒ feature. This will make your device ring in full volume for five minutes. Yes, your WiFi only tablet will also ring.

In case you have lost your smartphone or tablet, you can remotely lock it. Click on the lock icon; enter your new lock screen password. Google suggests not using your Google

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