How To Track Your Lost Android Phone Without Installed Tracking App

There are a handful of phone recovery or anti-theft apps on the Google Play Store which can be a lifesaver in case you lose your phone or, even worse, it gets stolen. But many people might only realize that there are such apps AFTER it got lost or stolen. Then it usually is too late and you have to face the ugly truth that the phone is gone for good.

How to track your Android phone or tablet after it got lost or stolen

But don’t burst out in tears just yet. There’s still hope for your phone to find its way back to you! There are a few ways to remote control and track your phone even if you haven’t installed a recovery app before it vanished.

Let’s have a look at the various ways to get your Android smartphone back to its rightful owner!

1. Track your lost Android with Android Device Manager or Google Find My Device

Requirements:

  • Your device is connected with your Google account.
  • Your device has access to the internet.
  • Allowed Android Device Manager (ADM) to locate your device (turned on by default). This can changed in the Google Settings app.
  • Allowed ADM to lock your device and erase its data (turned off by default).

Android Device Manager (also called Google Find My Device) is Google’s official and easy-to-use tool to track your Android phone or tablet. The best thing about it is that you don’t need to install an app to be able to track your devices. The only requirement is that your device is connected to your Google account, turned on and connected to the internet. All you need to do is visit the Android Device Manager while being logged into your Google Account. Once the site is loaded it will automatically try to track down your phone. If you habe several Android devices registered, make sure the right one is chosen in the dropdown menu.

2. Remote control and track your smartphone with Android Lost

Requirements:

  • Your device is connected with your Google account.
  • Your device has access to the internet.
  • You’re not running Android 3.0 or higher.

This is a more complicated way to track your phone. Basically, you need to install the tracking app ‘Android Lost’ on your phone and activate it by sending it an SMS (this can be done from any phone). How do you install something when you don’t have your phone with you? That’s very easy. You can install any app on all your registered devices directly from your browser through the Google Play website. Simply navigate to the Android Lost app and click the install button.

The remote installation process of Android Lost is very straightforward and only requires that your phone is still connected with your Google account. However, in case of theft, you have to hope that the thief doesn’t disconnect from your account.

By Marc Knoll

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This Mod Saves Space by Automatically Clearing Cache on Your Android Apps

Thankfully, Dhi’s new Xposed module will automatically clear cache when your apps reach a certain threshold, meaning you stand to gain some precious storage space by installing this one.

Install Cache Catcher

To get started, head to the Download section in your Xposed Installer app and search for Cache Catcher, then tap the top result. From there, tap the “Download” button in the Versions tab, then press “Install” when prompted. When that’s finished, make sure to activate the module and reboot.

Set Up a Blacklist

When you get back up, go ahead and open the Cache Catcher app. From here, it’s important that you familiarize yourself with the app’s Blacklist section, because you may experience some bugs when Cache Catcher automatically clears cache on certain apps.

Select Max Cache Size

Beyond that, you may also want to change the “Max total size” setting, which is the amount of cached data that non-blacklisted apps will be allowed to keep before Cache Catcher clears it all away. By default, this is set to 8 megabytes, but you might want to choose a larger number if you’re not terribly strapped for storage.

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Tips for improving Android device security

It finds that security controls haven’t kept up with the risks posed by smartphones and tablets. This can be a critical issue in business environments, when employees are using personal devices to connect to a corporate network.

Security tips

Android device users should not use unknown, free, and unsecured Wi-Fi connections without VPN technology. At the same time, keeping your phone’s Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled all the time makes it easier for hackers to access your phone.

App downloads can also be a security risk. When you download an app, obtain it from a known, reputable source. Just like you would on a PC, avoid clicking on links unless you are completely sure of the source.

Passwords on mobile devices are just as important on mobile devices as they are on PCs. Try to use complex passwords and change them frequently.

“As Android system and mobile internet usage continues to grow, traditional antivirus apps are no longer sufficient,” said Pan Qi, Vice President of Cheetah Mobile, which this week introduced a free mobile security app, CM Security Master.

Threats to government networks

A report issued in April by the Department of Homeland Security underscored the threat to the U.S. government. Despite being a minor segment in the overall marketplace, the report said mobile devices used by government employees “represent an avenue to attack the back-end systems containing data on millions of Americans,” not to mention the sensitive information about governmental functions.

The report notes that in the U.S., there are no requirements requiring carriers to run encryption or provide privacy protections on their networks.

Consumers who want to improve the security of their Android devices have lots of options. Tech site Tom’s Guide provides recommendations for the best mobile security apps in three categories.

By Mark Huffman

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How to Free Storage Space on Android Phone

Although phones are coming with more and more internal storage these days, running out of it remains a common problem as media files and apps get bigger in size, and thanks to the thousands of pictures we take, not to mention offline music storage. If you’ve ever tried to update your existing apps and ran into an “Insufficient storage available” error, we know how frustrating how that can feel.

The lack of storage space can pretty much bring your phone to a halt. If you try to use the camera, you might see something like “Hey, there is really no room.” It can even prevent you from opening apps (“Internal storage is running out, the application has been stopped.”) or downloading email attachments (“Not enough storage space to sync”).

If you’re looking for some ways to make some room on your Android device, we’ve got some useful tips to help you.

1) Clear cache + data

The easiest and quickest way to gain some free space is to clear the cache and user data associated with apps. You can do this manually for individual apps by going to Settings > Storage > Apps. The exact menu layout might differ depending on your phone manufacturer, but it’ll be fairly similar.

The total size of each app is made up of the core app itself, the user data (logins, files, and settings), and cache (temporary data that helps the app work faster).

For example, an app such as Play Music caches the music you listen to, so it can start playing the tracks quicker next time, and save on data costs. If you clear the app’s cache and data, it will be forced to re-stream the songs next time. Remember that while clearing the cache doesn’t affect the way your app works, clearing user data will reset all settings to default, and possibly even log you out.

Clearing the cache and data is also a temporary fix, as it will build over time again. Some apps offer the option to set cache size, so that they take up less space. On the other hand, you can also clear the cache for all apps at once, if you like. You can find the option in most Android devices under Settings > Storage > Cached data.

2) Clear old downloads

Android has a central Downloads folder where it stores all the files and documents you’ve accumulated from your time on the Internet. This could be images from the Web, zip files from email, or even a video that didn’t support streaming. Over time, these can collect and take up quite a bit of space on your phone.

To look through the downloads gathering dust, find and open the Downloads app. You should be able to sort by size, and figure out the largest nuisances. Hold on any file to select it, and then add to your selection, before hitting the delete icon.

3) Move apps to microSD card

While some manufacturers have phased out microSD card slots for reasons related to design, or to entice you into buying a more expensive variant, if you’re lucky to have the option, you should make full use of it. There are two ways to use microSD cards to move apps. The first is to go into the Apps section in the device settings, and choose the app you’d like to move.

If you’ve got a microSD card installed, and the app can be moved, you should see a Move to SD card option. Note that only part of the app will be moved to external storage, with the decision entirely up to the developers. Sadly, most large games tend to keep most of their data on internal storage for better performance.

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Things You’ve Been Doing That Affects Device Efficiency

An Android device like a smartphone is pretty easy to use. However, with the fewer restrictions and more room for customization, proper Android care seemed to be neglected or left unknown by most users.

Most users would normally commit the mistake of manually killing the apps. They would tend to use third-party task manager apps to stop Android apps manually.

However, such action could undermine the efficiency of your Android device. Devices as such have evolved since its first release. An Android can now automatically feed RAM by killing less priority background apps, according to Deccan Chronicles.

Another grave mistake in dealing with your smartphone is when you use a cleaner to clear cache. It is good to note that cache data are important for proper device app functioning. Without cache data in the system, most apps will load a little bit slower, for the once you have deleted are usually the fastest access for display by apps during launch data.

It is also good to note that another way of caring for your smartphone is by using its reboot option. Not being able to restart your phone once in a while would lead to unwanted files to pile up. The reset option is designed to help your device run smoothly.

Aside from not rebooting the device at least once a week, installing more than one security app could also lower the efficiency of your device. Many threat scanners installed in the device would mean fast battery drain.

By Jacques Strauss

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AMBER Alerts and Android: What you need to know

Here’s what you need to know about these emergency alerts and how you can control them on your Android phone.

What kind of emergency alerts are there?

There are three (or four, depending on how you’re counting) types of emergency alerts you can receive on your Android. They’re grouped into the less-dangerous-sounding “Cell Broadcast” heading, and include:

  • Extreme threats: Classified as threats to your life and property, like an impending catastrophic weather event like a hurricane or tsunami.
  • Severe threats: Less serious than the extreme threats, these could be the same types of situations, but on a smaller scale — stay safe, but you won’t need to pack up the car and head for the hills.
  • AMBER alerts: These are specific alerts aimed at locating a missing child. Technically AMBER stands for “America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response.” But it was named for Amber Hagerman, a 9-year-old who was kidnapped and killed in 1996. AMBER alerts can appear to be a bit cryptic, giving you the location of the alert, a car license plate number and the make, model, and color of the vehicle.
  • Presidential alerts: These alerts will often fall into the “extreme threats” category, but are issued directly by the President of the United States and cannot be turned off in your phone’s settings.

What does an emergency or AMBER alert sound like?

It’s loud and annoying — particularly if you have a phone with really good speakers, or are with several people who have their phones out.

You’ll likely also find your phone is vibrating when an alert is issued.

BY ANDREW MARTONIK

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Android Security Bulletin: Everything you need to know

Fixing the latest bugs and exploits in Android every month.

Google has detailed the latest Android Security Bulletin and released the fixes for Nexus and Pixel devices.

These are exploits and other security concerns that affect Android as a whole. Issues with the operating system, kernel patches, and driver updates may not affect any particular device, but these need to be fixed in the Android base by the folks maintaining the operating system code. That means Google, and they’ve detailed the things they have improved for this month.

Updated factory images for Pixel and Nexus devices that are supported are available, and over-the-air updates are rolling out to users. If you don’t want to wait, you can download and flash the factory image or OTA update file manually, and here are some handy instructions to get you started.

By JERRY HILDENBRAND

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What To Do When Your Android Phone is Stolen

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Your Android phone is a little of everything: a photo album, a diary, a wallet, a gaming machine, a bank account, and more all rolled together in one convenient, Web-connected device. Unfortunately, that same convenience means that any enterprising thief could not only get your phone, but access to everything on it as well.

What To Do If You’ve Already Lost Your Android
As with the Apple-centric companion piece to this article, let’s start with the worst-case scenario: Your Android phone is already missing and you haven’t secured your device with a passcode or set up Android Device Manager —Google’s baked-in anti-theft tool.

 

By: MAX EDDY

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