How To Use Android Device Manager To Find Your Phone 

Quick tips to show you how to use Android Device Manager to find your phone.

Have you ever lost your phone? Have you ever had your phone stolen from you? If your answer is YES, then this is the tutorial for you. 

With the quick tips & tricks I am about to share, you will be able to find your lost Android phone, remotely activate an alarm or restore it to factory settings. 

The best thing is that every Android user can do all of the above as Android Device Manager is available for anyone who has an Android phone with their Google account added. 

Unfortunately, very few people know about this possibility and really few make use of it.  

In a few seconds you will become one of the most aware and knowledgeable Android users. Let's get started. 

What is Android Device Manager? How Does It Work? 

Android Device Manager (click to go to its website) is a very simple application available for every Android user. Its main purpose is to let you remotely manage your Android device.

In most cases this is most useful when you don't have physical access to the phone you want to manage. 

There are many different apps with similar functionalities but many of them are paid and, of course, require installation.

In the case of Android Device Manager, all you need to do is correctly add a Google account to your Android phone (you are asked to do it when you turn your phone on for the first time) and the app is available for you. 

Android Device Manager lets you localize your phone (with the use of GPS data) and lock it, activate an alarm or remotely erase it (restore to factory settings). 

You can use Android Device manager either on your PC computer (through the web browser) or as an Android app on your phone to localize other devices.  Let's take a look at both scenarios. 

How To Use An Android Device Manager On PC

I guess that in most cases you will be using Android Device Manager on your PC to localize your phone. Here is how it works:

1. Log in to Android Device Manager through the web browser. 

How To Use An Android Device Manager On PCMake sure to your the Google account that is added to the phone you want to localize.

2. Wait a few seconds until Android Device Manager successfully contacts your Android device. 

How Android Device Manager worksAndroid Device Manager is trying to contact my device to get to know its location.

3. When Android Device Manager contacts your device and gives you its precise location, you will be able to do one of the following:

  • Ring (activate a loud alarm that will ring for 5 minutes).
  • Lock (lock your device so that no one can access your data).
  • Erase (restore factory settings of your device). 
Android device manager how to find my phoneAndroid Device Manager has successfully found my phone.

4. If you believe that you have lost your phone (and it hasn't been stolen) and someone might want to return it to you, you might use the Lock option. It lets you replace your current lock screen with a new password lock and add:

  • recovery message (that will be displayed on the lock screen of your device)
  • phone number (the button to call this number will appear on the lock screen)

All you need to do is fill in the below fields. 

Android Device Manager change passwordThis is how you can change the password of your lost Android device with the help of Android Device Manager.

5. If you left your phone somewhere in your house (and it's set to mute), you might want to use the Ring option. If you activate it, the phone will ring at full volume for 5 minutes.  

Android device manager ringThe Ring option is great if you lost your phone in your house, for example.

6. If you are sure that your phone has been stolen and there is little of no chance of finding it, you should at least try to protect your data stored on it. This is what the Erase function lets you do, i.e. restore factory settings. 

Android Device Manager eraseWith the Erase function, you can restore factory settings on your lost phone.

Note that once you use the Erase feature and factory settings are restored on your phone, you will permanently lose connectivity with it. Erasing your phone should be the last thing you do (what you do when nothing else works). 

How To Use An Android Device Manager App For Android

Assuming that you have multiple Android devices and all of them use the same Google account, you can also use an Android Device Manager app for Android. 

With this app, you will be able to manage and control other Android devices added to your account. The app also allows you for guest-login so that you can help your friend localize their lost phone.

Here is how the app looks on my Android phone:

Android device manager for AndroidThis is Android Device Manager app on my phone.
Android Device Manager app on Play StoreThis is how I located my friend's phone with the use of Android Device Manager app on my phone.

You can find Android Device Manager on Google Play (click to go to the Play Store). 

How To Find My Phone With Android Device Manager?

If you want to find your phone with Android Device Manager, you can do it either with the use of your PC computer or Android Device Manager app for Android (available on Google Play). 

It's totally up to you which method you choose and which will be the quickest for your (as in most cases times matters a lot).  

Here is what you need to do and remember about:

1. Log in to the Google account to which the lost/stolen phone is added. Only with this account, can you find your phone. 

2. Remember that once you localize your phone, the information about that fact will be displayed on it. 

Android Device Manager: Device LocatedThis is what is displayed on the localized phone.

Why Is Android Device Manager Not Working Properly? 

Even though in most cases Android Device Manager  will help you find and protect your device, there may be times when it won't help you or won't work.

Android Device Manager may not work properly in the following cases:

  • The stolen/lost device's battery died and it went totally offline.
  • Mobile data are off in the stolen/lost device (there is not much you can do in such a situation). 
  • Location is turned off in the stolen/lost device. 

If any of the following cases is true, then Android Device Manager will show you the information saying "location unavailable". 

Android Device Manager location unavailableThis is what you will see if Android Device Manager fails to localize your device.

The only thing you can do is keep trying to localize your device (sometimes there may be simply some error the first time you tried). 

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