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PostPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2019 8:59 pm    Post subject: Here's a FREE way to help if your phone is missing... Reply with quote

Find, lock, or erase a lost Android device
If you lose an Android phone or tablet, or Wear OS watch, you can find, lock, or erase it. If you've added a Google Account to your device, Find My Device is automatically turned on.

To use Find My Device, your lost device must:

Be turned on
Be signed in to a Google Account
Be connected to mobile data or Wi-Fi
Be visible on Google Play
Have Location turned on
Have Find My Device turned on

Learn how to make sure that your device can be found if it gets lost:

Tip: If you've linked your phone to Google, you can find or ring it by searching for find my phone on

Remotely find, lock, or erase
Go to and sign in to your Google Account.
If you have more than one device, click the lost device at the top of the screen.
If your lost device has more than one user profile, sign in with a Google Account that's on the main profile.
Learn about user profiles:

The lost device gets a notification.
On the map, you'll get info about where the device is.
The location is approximate and might not be accurate.
If your device can't be found, you'll see its last known location, if available.
Pick what you want to do. If needed, first click Enable lock & erase.
Play sound
Rings your device at full volume for 5 minutes, even if it's set to silent or vibrate.
Locks your device with your PIN, pattern, or password. If you don't have a lock, you can set one. To help someone return your device to you, you can add a message or phone number to the lock screen.
Permanently deletes all data on your device (but might not delete SD cards). After you erase, Find My Device won't work on the device.

Important: If you find your device after erasing, you'll likely need your Google Account password to use it again.
Learn about device protection:

Find with an app
On another Android phone or tablet, open the Find My Device app Find My Device app.
If the other device doesn't yet have the app, get it on Google Play:
Sign in.
If your own device is lost, tap Continue as (your name).
If you're helping a friend, tap Sign in as guest and let your friend sign in.
Follow the same steps as listed above. Continue to steps:

Find with your Wear OS watch

Watch a video about finding your device

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Be ready to find a lost Android device:

Set a screen lock:

Put emergency information on your lock screen:

Manage your Android device's location settings:

Can't sign in to your Google Account:
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