How to use Android Device Manager: track and wipe a lost or stolen smartphone

Now Android has added a very similar feature called the Android Device Manager for GPS-equipped smartphones andtablets. It allows you to locate your lost device and also change passwords, lock screen PINs, and even remotely wipe your missing unit.

Here’s how to set up your phone or tablet to use the service, so the next time your Nexus 7 falls behind the sofa you’ll be able to track it down.

Setting up Android Device Manager

Step 1

First need to head over towww.google.com/android/devicemanager where you’ll be prompted to accept Google’s request for location data. As this is a tracking service it’s necessary to do this for the feature to work properly.

How to use Android Device Manager - Step 1

Step 2

If you already have a Nexus device with location services turned on then it should automatically appear on your list. Here you’ll see the current position of your handset, along with the last time it was used.

How to use Android Device Manager - Step 2

Step 3

To switch between devices click on the name and a drop down menu will appear. Select another model and you’ll be taken to the map screen for that one instead. You can also rename each device by clicking on the pencil icon.

How to use Android Device Manager - Step 3

 

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