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Updated: September 11, 2015 4:20 am

You can now quickly Google ‘Find My Phone’ to locate your misplaced Android device. Simply ask Google to find it for you right from a web search

Have you lost a precious phone or two in the past? Google’s omniscience has now advanced to a point where it can track your personal Android device for you via GPS. Don’t believe us? Just type ‘Find My Phone’ into your Google search bar.

Having entered the following words into a Google browser you’re logged into prompts the software to call up Android Device Manager and it begins hunting for your phone immediately, zeroing in on the area using Google maps. Once detected (you need data connectivity), you are asked to sign in once again to confirm your identity following which you have the option to either ring your phone at full volume for five minutes, lock it, or wipe it clean.


Apple offers a free service called – Find My iPhone for iPhones running iOS. Microsoft’s My Windows Phone offers a similar service for phones running Windows Phone. Similarly, Google has designed the “Android Device Manager” app for select phones running Android. At least, one of these can be installed remotely on a phone, after it has gone missing.

Some of these applications may have limitations which can be checked before installing, such as only working in some countries, dependencies upon the phone’s implementation of GPS, etc. Similar paid or free apps are also available for all device platforms.


Similar applications are also available for computers. But computers rarely have built-in GPS receivers or mobile telephone network connectivity, so these methods of location and signalling are not available. A computer connected to the Internet by a cabled connection gives its location as the location of the Internet Service Provider (ISP) it is connected to, usually a long distance away and which is not very useful, although the IP address may help. However, a WiFi-connected computer (typically a laptop ) can find its approximate location by checking WiFi networks in range against a database, allowing approximate location to be determined and signalled over the Internet.

By Sanjay K bissoyi

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