Interested in learning how to locate, lock and wipe your Android smartphone or tablet? In the past, we have covered methods and solutions for locating your lost or stolen Android device, even going as far as locating its current position, gaining access to the camera, activating an alarm, locking the device down completely or even deleting everything on it. This time around, we’ll be taking a look at a similar solution, but this time it’s absolutely free and it’s actually a part of Google Services itself. Curious about how it works? Read ahead to find out how to enable Android Device Manager for your device as well!
Google now offers you, absolutely integrated into their services and free of charge (you don’t even have to install an extra app!) a way of tracking and controlling your device from afar. While it works in the same vein as other products for remote locating and finding your device, Google’s solution is far simpler and with less settings and features. Still, it does its job and covers the basics, and for a free service, there’s really not much to complain about. It’s also incredibly easy to use and access from your browser, so it really is a brilliant way to have your bases covered in case you don’t want to subscribe to or bother with an external service.
So, how do you access this service? Easy, just head over to the Android Device manager by clicking this link or searching for it on Google, and immediately your should be able to access it after authenticating. Once inside, everything is pretty much self-explanatory, but let’s do the usual tour thing:
This is the main screen of the Device Manager. It should take a little bit to update your current location on the dashboard, but if it’s taking too long make sure the GPS is enabled on your device, or that it’s connected to a network, and press the Refresh arrow next to the device’s name.
After getting a fix, your current location should appear under the device’s name and in the map itself. This is a handy way to locate your device, and the “Ring” feature can easily help your locate it. If it’s lost around the house, or you can’t find it in a public place, you can press the “Ring” button and the device will ring at full volume, only turning off when you press the power button:
Besides the “Ring” functionality, the Device manager also allows you to lock and wipe your device remotely, in case it is stolen. These features are not enabled by default, resulting in the buttons for those features to be grayed-out. To enable them, follow the instructions at the bottom of the page, below the device’s description and buttons, or press the “Send a notification” link, and a notification should appear in your device’s notification pane, which will take you to the right place when tapped on. Once you do that, those options will become available, and you’ll be able to lock and wipe your device remotely through the Device Manager:
And that’s about all, folks. As you can see, while it’s not as comprehensive of a solution as other dedicated apps, this one should get the job done regardless, and it’s free of charge, easy to use and always there. You should of course set it up in advance, in case you plan to use it in the future. It’s not going to be of much use when the device is already stolen, right? So, just in case, I would recommend you to set this service up for a rainy day. You never know, right?