lost phone Stories June 1, 2016

A year ago Google simplified security and privacy settings with a redesigned My Account page. On its one year anniversary, Google has announced that over a billion people have used the site and that several new features, like how to find a lost phone including Android and iOS, are being added.

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lost phone Stories March 19, 2015

Device Manager gets Android Wear support, now lets you find your phone from your wrist (Updated)

Google first introduced Android Device Manager a couple of years ago, but today the company announced that the service—made for finding your Android phone—has gotten even better. Rolling out over the “coming weeks,” those with an Android Wear device will soon be able to use quick voice command from their watch to the find their phone.

Today we’re making Android Device Manager even more useful by introducing support for Android Wear to help you find your lost device. Misplaced your Android phone? No problem! Android Wear connects your phone to your wrist, and together with Android Device Manager, you can make sure it stays that way.

To use the feature, simply say “Ok, Google. Start. Find my phone,” or, alternatively, simply scroll to the “Find my phone” option within the Android Wear menu. You’ll see a green screen telling you that your phone is ringing (assuming you’ve maintained a connection to it), and you should be moments away from being reunited.

Keep an eye out for this feature to roll out soon (and keep your eyes peeled for other Android Wear announcements, too).

Update: Brian Buquoi on Google+ says the feature has already hit his ZenWatch, and one @iLoganRussel has let us know on Twitter that it has hit his LG G Watch:

lost phone Stories August 7, 2013

Android Device Manager now rolling out, allows you to track lost devices

Last week, Google finally announced something many people have been waiting for in its new Android Device Manager feature. Similar to Apple’s Find My iPhone, the service allows you remotely track a device, play a sound on it, and even lock and delete all the data. The service is now live on many Android devices, as well as the web. In order to use the service, your device has to have received the backend update that gives the site permission to access your device. To check for this update, head into Settings > Security > Device Administrators and look for a new “Android Device Manager” field. 

If you ended up dropping your phone between those couch cushions, Android Device Manager lets you quickly ring your phone at maximum volume so you can find it, even it’s been silenced. And in the event that your phone or tablet is out of earshot (say, at that restaurant you left it at last night), you can locate it on a map in real time

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