Locate, Ring or Erase or lost Device using the Android Device Manager
If you had lost your Android phone earlier, you would have had to install a third part app first if you wanted to find or locate it. Apple had for a long time provided their Find My iPhone service, which allowed you to locate your lost iDevice. Google was slow to bring about an equivalent service to the market.
We’ll now you can, that too without installing any third-party app. All you have to do is head over to www.android.com/devicemanager and sign in with your Google Account, and you should see a map with your Android device on it. The first time you open up the Android Device Manager, you’ll get a message like this:
You’ll have to click the Send a notification to your Device link to set it up. Once you do that, you should see a notification in your notifications bar, clicking on that will lead you to a screen prompting for additional permissions. Once you set up the additional permissions, you’re good to go.
In case you’ve left your phone under a pile of clothes or the kids put your phone along with their toys in their box, you get the phone to ring for you, this will work even if you had set the phone on silent. This will allow you to quickly find your elusive phone. You can also get the location of your phone on the map, this will help you hunt down your device if you left it in office, or even the location of the cab you misplaced it in.
In the worst case scenario, if you can’t retrieve your phone, you don’t want your emails, social networks and media opened up to whoever has got a hold of it. You should perform a remote wipe of your phone to prevent your data from leaking out. You can do this by clicking on the “Erase Device” button on the Android Device Manager.
Head over to the Android Device Manager to get set up. Any phone running Android 2.2 or above can use this service, provided that it’s tied to your Google Account.