What is Find My Device and how to use it

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That kind of feeling you get when your phone is missing — maybe you phone just got stolen and you have no idea where to start looking from. What will you do if your phone get lost?. Weather you are still searching for the location of your device and yet no clue about it this is where Find My Device come in; a Google tool use for tracking mobile phones and securing them.

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Google as a company discover that mobile phones get missing all the time; that was then – although still common now, was the reason that led to the creation of Google Find My Device actually was Google Android Manager.

In a nutshell i can say that the device help you to manage your device remotely from another device even if the mobile phone is far far away but the lost phone must have an internet connection.

Although the effort of trying to get your device back might be helpless in some cases and dangerous as well because you don't know who has taken your phone. I know that Find My Device can location phones destination using a few click.

But there are settings you can apply to if you know you won't be getting your device back with the option for formatting your device or secure the device with other functions as well.

How its Work

How it work can't be so different from using other Android application. The app has basic option from recovery your device to protecting your information. Although it not that kind of app that is loaded with lots of features. Per say that you are going to be using Google Find My Device; you just have two ways of using the program – basically we have two options: you can download the app form the Google Play Store or visit the Find My Device website.

Note: You can just Google “find my phone” and the location of your device will be displayed in the search engine.

The first thing you should do when you open the Find My Device website or app is to check the location of your device. It will be displayed automatically and you’ll be able to see it on the map. With the Find MY Device you can check percent of the mobile phone.

You should know that you can only see your lost phone on the map if and only if the location/GPS is turn on. You won't see it if the GPS is turn off or the phone have being factory reset or has been turned off.

With the Find My Device you can play sound, all in – for all this to work you gmail account must be signin/login to that device that you want to get the location or even play sound. With the play sound option you can ring the device with just a single click – with full volume for as long as 5 mins; even if it is set to silent mode.

If for instant you got the location of the device right on the map, and you're in the premises or the area of that coordinate – you can ring the device with just a click; all you have to do is “Play Sound” and you might get to see you stolen phone back.

With Find My Device you can secure your device, per say that you can remotely lock your device from another device – i can say that the function is one of its best, with this all you have to do is to click on the “Secure Device” from there you can enter a recovery message and phone number; this will be displayed on the lost/stolen phone’s screen.



Adding a phone number is something to consider incase someone find the phone he/she can reach out to you immediately just by tapping on the call button on the lost phone screen.

The disadvantage of the use of Find My Device is that the features can only work when the lost mobile phone is connected to the internet – it can and it can't its all depends and that include the secure device option.

You can erase your device – if you feel and you know you won't be getting to see your device again – that is if it was stolen – you can remotely perform a factory reset; which will wiped all your file off your device. With that being said no one can then get access to your personal information – this only work if the device is online but if your device is offline, the file will be deleted next time it connects to the internet.

Note: Once your device is factory reset you’ll no longer be able to check the location on the map or use any of the other options said in this post.  
The Erase feature might not delete the content from a MicroSD card.

The reason for this is that all of the features only work if the device is signed into your Google account as will have said from the beginning of this post.

If your device was stolen and you see the location, we highly advise you to call the police instead of trying to get it back yourself.

Have you ever used Find My Device? Tell us about your experiences in the comments!, and if  you did recover your device? Have you been able to catch a thief? if it was stolen.