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How to Find, lock, or erase a Android device

Postby chicagotech » Sun Jul 23, 2017 9:46 pm

In a case you can't find, or lose a Android phone, tablet, or Wear watch, you can go to android.com/find to ring the phone, or lock/erase the device.

To use Find My Device, your lost device must be:
• Turned on
• Signed in to a Google Account
• Connected to mobile data or Wi-Fi
• Visible on Google Play
• Location turned on
• Find My Device turned on

Lost Android Wear devices must also be running Android Wear 2.0 and up.


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

Remotely find, lock, or erase

When Find My Device connects with a device, you see the device's location, and the device gets a notification.
1.Open android.com/find and sign in to your Google Account.
2.If you have more than one device, click the lost device at the top of the screen.
3.On the map, see about where the device is. •The location is approximate and may not be accurate.
•If your device can't be found, Find My Device will show its last known location, if available.

4.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.
•Lock
Locks your device with your PIN, pattern, or password. If you didn't have a lock, you can set one. You can add a recovery message or phone number to the lock screen.
•Erase
Permanently deletes all data on your device. (It may 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.
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