We live in an era in which we can do a lot more than just calling with our phones, hence the name ‘smartphones’. Calling, messaging, clock, calculator, these were just the mere facilities of the older generation. Now these gadgets can do so much more! Loads of apps, games, e-books, etc. are available to the customer for entertainment and education.
Smartphones being such an important part of our lives now, containing so much of our private information have had a huge impact. But what if your phone is lost, well that’s exactly where this article kicks in!
We have two different methods here for users of Apple’s IOS and Google’s Android.
Whether your phone is lost under your couch or in the hands of a thief, Android Device Manager or ADM will help you to find it.
All you need is a Google account and then you can track your device via any online device and even wipe all of its data if you want so!
After downloading the app from Google Play, you have to sign in. You may use any of the Google accounts you have used on your device. Once you open the app, you will get a list of accounts that were signed into the device, choose your preferred account and then enter your password, then sign in.
You will see your device’s name and model number on your screen on a map with the current location mentioned as well as the last noted location. If you have used the same account for multiple devices, you can select your device in the drop-down list at the bottom of the interface.
Now, you will have 3 options on your screen:
The first option, ‘Ring’ does exactly as the name says. It rings to your phone, doesn’t matter if your device is in silent mode or not, it will ring with full volume for 5 minutes, or unless the power button is pressed. The Ring option is adequate for situations when you lose your phone inside your house or an office room etc.
The second option, ‘Lock’ helps you change or set a PIN or password on your phone. You can set a new PIN or password, enter it again below in the ‘Confirm Password’ space, and add a recovery message if you want to.
The third option, ‘Erase’ is for situations when you have little to no chances of getting your device back. It will help you to erase all your data on the device, i.e. all apps, photos, music, and settings will be deleted. Once you use the ‘Erase’ option, you cannot use it again as the device will now be factory default without your account on it. It is a permanent reset. If the device is offline, then the factory reset or Erase will be performed as soon as the device goes online.
For iPhone users, the best way to get your device back is through the app called Find My iPhone. This app is installed by default on every IOS device and can help you to easily locate your phone and manage it.
Although there are certain limitations to both of these methods, but they get the job done and do it pretty much perfectly. Smartphones nowadays contain a lot of our private information. From pictures to messages to business calls and who knows where it ends. This is why these apps are necessary.
We always hope you never lose your smartphone containing so much of value, which can be fitted inside a pocket. Both the apps Android Device Manager and Find my iPhone are genuine apps and are used among both iPhone users and also Android users.