Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/165854/how-to-prepare-your-android-smartphone-ahead-of-time-in-case-you-lose-it/
One day, you could misplace your phone or have it stolen — smartphone thefts are on the rise. Prepare your Android phone for the day you lose it and losing it will be a much less traumatic experience.
Not sure which one is better: Lookout or Avast. Any clue?
You should also mention Lookout's Plan B. As long as the phone is still turned on and has a data connection, you can push the app to the phone via the PlayStore and it will automatically turn on the GPS and start sending you the location to your gmail address tied to your phone. I used this with my brother once, and while we didn't find the phone, we did find the hideout and managed to uncover a group of phone thieves that not even the police were aware of. Google Latitude also helped a lot. I only share my location with my brother and he shares his with me, so we can see each other on Google Maps if anything happens and we'll know our last location.
Personally, I prefer Lookout. In the tests, I did not find Avast reliable.
There are so many apps out there but there should be some control by default offered by Android OS. The smartphone manufacturers have no interest in helping you to find the phone.
The feature should prevent the user from restoring it to factory level and/or there should be some app, that the user can not see but is installed. Something like few keyloggers. When the user activates the app online, that app should be able to send the data over. I think the app Gotya is something similar but I have not tried.
I agree with you. I have always used Lookout and was happy with it. I installed Avast to try it but am going to uninstall it.
Although I believe Samsung has had something of the sort since the Galaxy S2. But I don't know how effective it is.
I use and would suggest androidlost.com and androidlost application.
I would feel better if I could handle this over my own LDAP server.
It also supports sms (send androidlost pincode gps to get position) for many commands, see for you self!
If you prefer a simple sms tracker you can search on google play, I had a couple good pieces of sms limited tracking (lostphone and whereismydroid were very reasonable when it comes to permissions)