Smartphones are one of the most important commodities today. This pocket-sized gadget has evolved from being just a cell phone designed to call and send SMS. You all need to be aware that it is the Android and iOS cellular operating systems that drive the majority of handsets. And these two OSes are loaded with features that help us with our daily lives. It also includes a life-saving feature dubbed Google Find My Device that you can find on the Google Play Store.
You might be wondering what this feature is for and how we can use it for our daily lives. Yes, this feature is useful when you accidentally misplace your smartphone or even if it has been stolen. Using the Google Find My Device application you can not only track your lost device but also lock and erase data remotely using any other smartphone. This article is a step-by-step guide on how you can find lost smartphones using this application.
Steps to Download and Use the Google Find My Device App The first step is to download the application through the Google Play Store or Apple’s App Store. We use the first for reference. The Google Find My Device application weighs around 2.3MB on the Play Store. After downloading and running the application, you will be given the option to log in via your registered email address on the device or as a guest. If you want to find a device registered with your email address, that is the first option you need to choose. However, if you need to find a handset that is not registered with your email address, you will try to find your device from several other user accounts; You must select the ‘guest’ option.
Steps to Finding a Lost Smartphone After you enter the application, you will be able to see a list of smartphones that are registered at your e-mail address or that you enter in the guest section. The application shows the location of the device near where it was last seen. You can also refresh the Timeline Maps if ‘Last Viewed’ was recently updated.
Features offered by Google Find My Device App This application will give you three different options for tracking and managing lost smartphones. The first feature is the ‘Play Sound’ option which when clicking will activate the notification / ringtone sound on the device to be tracked. It is worth mentioning that even if the device is lost in silent mode, it will ring. It is only when the power button is lit that the handset is pressed, or a voice stop command is given; the ring will stop.
The second option that you get here is ‘Safe Devices’. As the name suggests, this option will allow you to lock lost handsets. You cannot lock the device remotely, but also leave a lock screen message along with a telephone number for the founder to contact you. Finally, there is also the ‘Erase Device’ option whose function is to permanently delete data stored on a lost smartphone. This feature is useful if in your case your smartphone has been stolen and you don’t want your personal data to fall into the wrong hands.