Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/166057/how-to-find-your-lost-android-phone-even-if-you-never-set-up-a-tracking-app/
Android doesn’t come with a “find my Android” feature, so there’s no official way to track your phone if you lose it. You should prepare your phone for loss by setting up such a tracking app — but what if you didn’t?
Is there any reason I should not be terrified by the idea that anyone who cracks my Google password can take control of my phone? How can I disable this "feature"?
That's a very good question. Perhaps @ChrisHoffman can look into it.
Well, you can disable this feature by removing your Google account from your phone -- Android phones don't actually require a Google account set up, although they're much more useful with one. I'm not aware of any way to disable remote installation of apps via Google Play.
Your best bet is just securing your Google account. Set up two-factor auth with Google Authenticator and someone will practically need your phone to gain access to your account.
I've never really considered this question -- I'm more worried about someone gaining access to my Google account than I'm worried about my phone. Two-factor auth (Google Authenticator) is the way to go.
Not disagreeing re two factor authentication, startled to learn that remote Google Play installation without local phone control is enabled by default. Basic security ethic is reducing attack surface for any system to the minimum needed for the functional requirements -- I do not need the capability to install apps without having the phone in my hand, and would be surprised to learn that more than a few people do use such a "feature".
Why Lookout Plan B is not supported on newer android devices. Is there a specific reason?
The thing I hate about all these programs is even when setup ahead of time if your phone is not connected to the internet you are unable to locate it I've been looking for a program that can use only gps for when your phone is lost somewhere where there is no way to login to the internet and since I only use free wifi and don't pay for any data and even when I do get data I only turn it on when I need it. Is there a program that can track using only gps?
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