In many cases, we lose our phone, sometimes just at home, when we don’t remember where we stored the phone last time, unfortunately, sometimes when we go out, the phone is stolen or placed in the wrong place. In the former case, you can easily find our Android phone using the “Find My Phone” function on the paired smartwatch, or just let other people ring it. However, if it is lost at our door, then we need some extra help. Fortunately, there is an easy way to find and locate your Android phone remotely, lock it, and even erase all data when needed.

Google provides a simple process where users can find, lock and erase all data when you lose your Android phone. The “Find My Device” function allows Android users to find the phone and lock the phone by remotely setting pushpins, passwords or patterns to avoid unnecessary eyes. The user can even display a message on the lock screen asking the viewfinder to make a call as soon as you have the phone. This feature also allows users to erase all data on their Android phone so that the finder cannot access it, and it can also trigger the device protection function, making the phone (except the owner) unusable.

How to find a lost Android smartphone and wipe data remotely

In order to find, lock or wipe an Android phone, some prerequisites need to be met. The phone must be turned on, the user must log in with a Google account, the user must be connected to mobile data or Wi-Fi, must be visible on Google Play, their location settings must be turned on, and their “Find My Device” settings must also be turned on. If all these prerequisites are met, the user must follow these steps:

  1. Go to android.com/find and log in to your Google account (similar to the account used on a mobile phone). After logging in, you will see your phone in the upper left corner. If you have multiple phones using the same account, please select the lost phone. It will show you detailed information about battery life and last online time.

  2. Google will also show the approximate location of the phone on the map. If you cannot find your phone, you will see its nearest known location (if any).

  3. If the phone is nearby and you know the location, you can go to that location and select the “Play a sound” option to make your phone ring for five minutes, even if it is set to silent.

  4. If the phone is located in an unknown area, please warn readers not to try to restore their Android phone by themselves, but to contact law enforcement officials-law enforcement officials may request a serial number or IMEI code. This is how to find the serial number of the phone.

  5. If you want to lock the screen, select the “Security Device” option. In this way, you can lock your phone and log out of your Google account. You can even display a message and phone number on the lock screen so that seekers can get in touch with them when they find the phone before you. If there is no lock, you can even set one through this option.

  6. You can also choose to choose the third option-Wipe the device. It will permanently delete all data on the phone, and after deleting, “Find My Device” will not be available on the phone. If your phone is offline, the wipe operation will start the next time it is online. This will prevent criminals from accessing any data on your phone.


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