We all lose our phones, but some of us lose our phones more than others. In fact, many of us have lost our phones without having any idea where to find them. If you entirely lost your phone a few years ago, that usually meant you would have to shell out money to buy a new one. Well, not in this day and age. If you lose your iPhone today, you can use Find My iPhone to easily locate it. But, what about Android devices? How do you track those? Well, there is a simple way to find your Android without a PC, and it is called Find My Device.
What Is Find My Device?
Find My Device is an app designed and maintained by Google that allows users to track their Android devices. You simply link the android device with a google account through this app and you’ll be able to track its location if the GPS of the device is turned on as well as connected to WiFi or mobile data. In case they are off, you can make the device ring even if it’s on silent mode. You can also lock the device from afar and send a message on the device such as a phone no, so that whoever finds it, can help you get it back. As a last measure, you can wipe all data from the device, but after doing that you won’t be able to track it, even when or if the WiFi of the mobile is turned on. It is the premier app to use for tracking your Android device.
“That’s great!” you’re probably thinking, “but how does it find your Android without a PC?”
Well, the answer is simple. While you can use the service to find your Android through a web browser, you can also track the device through a friend’s Android phone. Just follow these simple steps:
Step One: Associate Android With Account
Before you even lose your Android, you should make sure it is registered to your Gmail account. If you don’t do this, you won’t be able to find your Android without a PC. Luckily it’s a simple thing to do. Simply download Find My Phone on your phone and log into it with a Gmail account. That phone will automatically sync to the Gmail account and it can be tracked from anywhere. You’ll also want to make sure you give the app Administrator abilities so that you can wipe the phone if you can’t find it.
Step Two: Log-in Using A Friend’s Android
This should seem pretty obvious at this point. The only thing you have to do is log in to Find My Phone using another Android and you will instantly be able to track active devices (i.e. devices that are currently synced with your gmail account). From there, you have a couple of options based on your need. If you have lost your phone in a specific area, you can make your phone ring for five minutes so that you can track it down. You can also change the lock or wipe the device if you can’t find at all.
That’s all you need to do to find your Android without a PC. Find My Phone is a great app because of its simplicity, so you shouldn’t have any trouble following the steps above. There are other ways to track your phone as well, such as through the Google Maps history. There are also a variety of other tracking apps available on the Google Play store. Whatever your tracking needs are, though, it is pretty simple to find your Android without a PC.