Android Device Manager - Track your lost Android phone through web

Google has finally launched a native app for Android 2.2+ phones that lets you track and remotely wipe your lost Android phone. This app is available for free, as a part of new Play Store update and is integrated right into Settings Menu.

Losing your favorite Android phone is a very painful experience and more painful is the risk of your private data falling in wrong hands. Previously many third party apps like Avast security, Kaspersky, McAfee etc. provided you the facility of tracking your Android phone remotely and locking it. But some of them are paid and Free ones have limitations. Now Google has come up with its own solution for that with an app called Android Device Manager. This app is built in the Settings menu of your Android phone and you don't need to install it separately. The app will not be visible in the Menu either. This app will be available in your phone if you update to the latest version of Play Store from Google.

How to enable Android Device Manager

You can enable this app in your phone by following these simple steps--

Step1. Update your phone for the latest Play Store. You can Google out for how to do that. This will automatically install this app in your phone.

Step2. By default, this app is not enabled. To enable it, Go to Settings>Security menu of your phone.

Step3. Here you will see a Device Administrators option. Select it and you will see a list of Device Administrator apps.

Step4. Find Android Device Manager in this list. Select to enable it.

Step5. A screen will show you the permissions needed by the app like Erasing Data, Locking Screen. Confirm by clicking on the Activate button at bottom.

Congratulations, you have successfully enabled the Android Device Manager and have taken a step towards securing your phone. Remember to enable the 'enable the Location Reporting in Location' Settings menu. If Location Reporting is not enabled, the Android Device Manager will not be able to provide you the location of your lost phone via its web interface.

Track your Android phone

Now that you have enabled the app, you can access your device remotely via web interface at whenever it is lost or stolen. Here provide your Google Account details and you can see all your devices listed, on which you have enabled the app. You can check the current location of the phone and wipe all the data stored in it. You can also ring your phone at full volume, even if it is mute, for five minutes. Unfortunately if the stolen Android phone is not connected to internet, you can't do anything and none of above things will work.

The most important feature of this app is that it is not visible in Menu. It is integrated into the settings menu itself. Google, by launching this app, has joined the league of Apple, Blackberry which have already launched such utilities to track and wipe their devices remotely. In future, Google is also planning to launch Device Manager app in the Play Store which will enable Android users to manage their devices from other Android phones.

Finally, Android Device Manager can be effective replacement of third party apps from Kaspersky, McAffe etc. as it is free and is integrated in the Settings Menu itself.

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