How to locate your missing Android phone using your Google account


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There are quite a number of useful applications for locating your missing Android phone(s) but in this guide, we’ll be looking at a way to easily locate your missing Android phone using your Google account.

Requirements for tracking

  • The phone must be on and connected to the internet
  • The phone must have been linked to your google account
  • Location settings (GPS) must be set to ON

Disclaimer

If the thief has already wiped the phone then this method won’t work for you.

How do I setup my Android phone to be located using my Google account?

1. On the phone, navigate to Settings > Security and select Location

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2. Toggle Location On (or tick the box if that’s how yours appears)

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3. Tap Yes when prompted about a security reminder

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4. Tap Agree when prompted about improving location accuracy

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5. Your phone is all set to be located if lost

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How do I locate my missing Android phone using my Google account?

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1. Login to your Google account on your PC browser

2. Type www.google.com in the address bar then tap Enter (or visit https://www.google.com.ng/android/devicemanager?u=0)

3. In the search bar, type Find my phone. Click “Allow” if prompted

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4. Click the Map that appears (with locating your phone)

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5. You should now be in Device Manager which will begin attempting to locate your phone

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6. Once your phone is located, its Location (and accuracy) will appear on the map

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7. Select the device to be located by clicking the dropdown menu

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8.  To have your missing phone ring, click Ring

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9. When prompted, click “Ring” to proceed

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10. The phone will begin ringing loudly

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11. Click “Enable Lock & Erase” to explore additional options

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12. To lock the phone, click “Lock”

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13. Supply the password to lock the phone with, your custom message and phone number then click “Lock”

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14. The phone will get locked

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15. The password you set will be required to unlock the phone

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16. If you wish to Wipe your data (incase you have very sensitive information on it) then go back to step 11 and select Erase

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17. Click “Erase” to confirm

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