How to Track Your Lost Android Phone

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Jerry Wiggins

If you lose your Android phone accidentally or if your phone is stolen, keep cool in your mind. Because there are so many ways you can try to get your phone back. Let's explore these methods to track your lost Android phone together.

 

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Part 1. How to Easily Track Your Lost Android Phone

 

Nowadays we rely on phones for almost everything, so we understand that losing them is not ideal. Luckily for Android users, we share solutions and steps you can take to help you easily locate your phone in case it goes missing.

 

Method 1. Track Your Android Phone with Google's Find My Device

 

You can figure Find My Device ahead of time, the service should be available if you lose or misplace your phone using Wi-Fi or GPS to help you hunt down your device.

 

Step 1. Go to Settings > Google.

 

Step 2. Tap Find My Device.

 

Step 3. Toggle on the Find My Device setting. It should always be on.

 

Step 4. Tap to open either the web app or a phone or tablet app. These utilities will show you where your phone is on a map.

 

Step 5. See your device location pinpointed on a map.

 

Method 2. Find My Mobile on Samsung Smartphones

 

Step 1. Open Settings.

 

Step 2. Tap Biometrics & Security.

 

Step 3. Tap Find My Mobile, then tap the switch to on.

 

To improve location accuracy, go to Settings > Location. Then select Location services and tap Google Location Accuracy. Make sure the option is turned on.

 

Method 3. Find Your Android Device Using Google

 

Step 1. Go to Google

Visit google.com on your computer.

 

Step 2. Search for “find my Android”

Type in “find my Android”, “lost Android” or something similar in the search box. Then Google will help you find your lost Android phone.

 

Step 3. Click Get Started

Click Get Started at the top of the search results page.

 

Step 4. Select the device

On the next page, you’ll see a list of mobile devices that have your Google account logged in. Click on the one you’d like to find.

 

Step 5. Log in to your Google account

Enter your email address and password to log in your Google account.

 

Step 6. Follow the instructions

Once you’ve signed in to your Google account, you’ll be given a list of options for things you can do to secure your device, and find it. You can remotely log out of your device, find and lock your phone, call your phone, or reach out to your carrier for help.

 

Method 4. Track Lost Android Phone with the IMEI Number

 

IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) is the 15 digit number that is unique for every phone. You can track your lost Android phone with an IMEI number by any third-party app.

 

Method 5. Track Lost Android Phone through Wireless Carrier

 

Cell carriers also help in finding the location of your lost Android phone. It tracks the location of the phone by recognizing the connected tower and the time taken by the signal to complete the round trip between the tower and phone. If you do not get your cell phone, then you can report it missing and stolen through the website or app of the wireless carrier. It also offers you a feature to erase the data and lock your device.

 

When you purchase a new phone, you should keep the IMEI number at a safe place. If your Android phone gets misplaced, then knowing its IMEI number will be useful. You can inform authorities about the case, and they will block your number so that no one else can register any network until the number is unblocked.

 

Part 2. Other Useful Apps to Find Your Lost Phone

 

Except for Google built-in apps, you can also use other third-party apps to track your lost phone. If you do not want to rely on Google apps, you should download a third-party app whenever you purchase a new phone. Here we introduce 5 popular phone tracker apps on the market.

 

1. SpyX Phone Tracking App

SpyX is a professional parental control app. Except for tracking GPS locations, it can track login, outgoing and missing phone calls, sent and received text messages, browse emails, notes, reminders, etc. Follow the steps to track your missing phone.

 

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Step 1. Sign up free with your valid email.

 

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Step 2. Pick up subscription plan.

 

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Step 3. Verify the target iCloud with email and password.

 

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Step 4. Login to SpyX account and track GPS locations and other data of target phone.

 

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2. Life360

Life 360 is available for both Android and iPhone. You can download this app from the play store easily. With Life360, you can protect and connect your family members, track the location of children using GPS locator. If you go to somewhere unfamiliar or unsafe, you can share your location with family member.

 

3. Lost Android

Lost Android is one of the popular third-party app that help you find the location of lost phone. What’s more, it allows you to track location, read text messages, forward your calls, set locks and many other things.

 

4. Where's My Droid

If you are Elite version user of Where’s My Droid, you can control your device’s camera. It is really helpful as you will get an image of the person who stole your phone and can inform authorities.

 

5. Find My Friends

With Find My Friends, you can add your friends and see where they are on a map. You can also allow your friends to see where you are, and chat with them through the app.

 

Part 3. What Else Can You Do after Losing Phone

 

If you find that your phone is lost, you can take other steps to recover it or prevent data leakage in addition to trying to find it yourself.

 

Action 1. Ask the police for help

 

Action 2. Cancel your passwords and logins

 

Action 3. Contact the telephone company

 

Action 4. Report it.

 

Part 4. How to Prevent Future Phone Loss

 

In fact, if you have a good habit, you may not lose your phone frequently or you can find your lost phone easily. Check the following tips to see whether you have done.

 

Tips 1. Know your phone’s serial number.

 

Tips 2. Register your phone online

 

Tips 3. Put phone on designated place

 

Tips 4. Prepare to avoid future loss

 

FAQs

 

Q1. How can I find my lost Android phone if location is off?

If you ever get lucky and your missing cell phone is still on, you can use Find My Device to locate it in real-time. Otherwise, when your phone is offline, turned off, or out of battery, you will be able to see the last location where your phone can be found, using Find My Device.

 

Q2. How can I track the exact location of my lost phone?

You can see your device's current or last known location in the Find My app. Tap Devices at the bottom of the screen, then tap the name of the device you want to locate. If the device can be located: It appears on the map so you can see where it is.

 

Q3. How can I track my lost Android phone using IMEI number?

To track your lost Android phone with the IMEI number, you need to download a third-party IMEI tracking app, such as IMEI Tracker-Find My Device. However, we recommend using this method as your last resort. Google's Find My Device is usually the best way to find a missing Android phone.

 

Q4. What do do when your phone is stolen?

Steps to take when your phone is stolen

 

1. Check that it isn't just lost. Someone swiped your phone.

2. File a police report.

3. Lock (and maybe erase) your phone remotely.

4. Call your cellular provider.

5. Change your passwords.

6. Call your bank.

7. Contact your insurance company.

8. Note your device's serial number.

 

Q5. Will police recover stolen phone?

Yes, the police can track a stolen phone using either your phone number or the phone's IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity). Whether or not the police prioritize looking for your stolen phone is another matter.

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