#1 By: Jason Fitzpatrick, August 14th, 2013 08:00
Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/170276/how-to-locate-your-lost-or-stolen-android-phone-and-wipe-if-necessary/
Thanks to a new native Android tool, you can now easily locate your phone and (in a worst case scenario) perform a remote data wipe. Read on as we show you how to activate the feature on your phone.
#2 By: Naman Sood, August 14th, 2013 09:14
Have an Android-centric tutorial you’d love to see us tackle? Sound off in the discussion below and we’ll see what we can do.
What about using Pimp My Rom or something? I know you guys have done Xposed Framework, but it's ICS+, and many people still use 2.3.x.
As for this, I have nothing under Settings -> Security -> Device Administrators. Using 2.3.5.
#3 By: Technician, August 14th, 2013 11:02
Hey, thanks! I've been having to use a 3rd party app for this until now. It works for me on 4.1.2
#4 By: Dennis, August 14th, 2013 11:50
I activated this new feature as described. I was shown my location exactly. The only thing is they had a different phone (brand & model) than what I actually have. Wouldn't they have been able to know what type of phone I have? Any thoughts on this would be appreciated. Thanks.
#5 By: Gerald_Walsh, August 14th, 2013 12:44
you people are microsoft owned or in cahoots with them.oh and uncle sam.
be real nothing on your phone is ever wiped forever.i had a long dicussion on windows seven talking with ms IT's and knew what they were up to.remember mein kamph puter?
i already have this in my phone thanks to ms and their buddys.
#6 By: Jason, August 14th, 2013 12:44
This is sooooooo much better than their last device location service as it used to take 5-10 minutes to get an exact location. We have google apps for business and have located and recovered stolen devices with this service.
Old portal (must have apps account):
ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS have a pattern or pin on your phone! You can change the settings so it doesn't lock right away and become an annoying hassle. Perhaps an article on how to lock your phone but not have it be an annoyance -- set lock time to 2+ minutes, and disable the feature that locks your phone by pressing the power button -- Unless there is an article about that already @__@
#7 By: Jason, August 14th, 2013 12:48
Perhaps suggest a positive alternative? I'm curious what you are using for a solution with that kind of attitude.
Nothing is ever deleted permanently. I use forensic tools all the time to recover videos, images, recorded messages, texts, call logs and anything else I can find from a "wiped" device. However it requires technical know how and skill.
The average thief does not have those skills. Wiping your phone keeps pictures, texts, contact information and everything else on the device "safe" from the majority of people.
#8 By: Naman Sood, August 14th, 2013 14:12
I disagree. Take Tsar Bomba and a laptop. Tsar Bomba = BOOM, and now retrieve the data.
#9 By: Eduardo Ruiz, August 14th, 2013 20:58
I've been able to use the Android Device Manager on my Nexus 7 (2012), but for some reason, my phone (Verizon Galaxy Nexus) doesn't appear on the website (there's no pull down menu arrow), even though I've activated Android Device Manager as a Device Administrator. Any thoughts?
#10 By: Impotent Verse, August 15th, 2013 10:48
Nice article. Works just as advertised.
I've been getting a little paranoid about my mobile being lost or stolen (added a pin code lock screen etc...) so this was timely.
#11 By: Sandra Duiker, August 15th, 2013 13:33
The concept is excellent and could be very useful. HOWEVER I tried the process on a Razr with ver 4.1.2 installed. Easily found the device administrators section and activated the "Android" selection. There was also a similar labeled Motorola. I only activated the android selection. Went on the device manager website and they have no devices listed. Just a advertisement for the purchase of a device. Any tho'ts to resolve?
Thank you HTG and all contributors, you are a wealth of EXCELLENT info.
#12 By: Blaine Sherman, August 15th, 2013 19:42
It appears this only works if you are connected to WiFi or Mobile Data. I never have my mobile data on because where I usually use my phone there is WiFi. And if I lose my phone at the mall or airport or something, I'm not connected at all. Does this mean this feature will only work if I'm connected? It doesn't send some sort of a signal through my carrier or something? Because in my case it would be VERY rare that I lost my phone and had WiFi or Data on.
#13 By: ankurkashyap89, August 22nd, 2013 15:33
I checked as mentioned, works great
But there are some loopholes, test cases-
1. Detached gmail account in phone,
2. Diconnected wifi and mobile data.
In both cases, location was unavailable, and it didn't ring,
Erase data not tested in both cases
Now I am sure this was expected as gmail connection is required.
And I would myself recommend people to turn this on, but it is surely not completely secure.
Anybody stealing your mobile in a good state of mind would remove the sim first.
And if he is not able to crack lock code, then he would go for software reset.
Only case where this thief would get caught is if he/she is roaming around with your phone w/o software reset and modile data is on (as he cannot connect to new wifi with mobile locked), or if mobile is unlocked and thief doesn't care to remove gmail account.
I am looking for better alternatives, while having this turned on already as it doesn't even need any app installed.
Misplacing phone with no one around to call you ? This will rock