There are instances when we lose our phones, sometimes in our homes when we can’t remember where we put them, and unfortunately sometimes they get stolen or misplaced when We are outside. In the former example, it is easy to find our Android phone using the Find My Phone feature on our paired smartwatch, or simply ask someone else to play it. But if it gets lost outside our homes, we need a little extra help. Luckily, there is an easy way to remotely locate and search your Android phone, lock it, and even erase all data when needed.
How to Find Your Lost Android Smartphone and Erase Data Directly
Google provides a simple process in which users can find, lock, and erase all data on your Android phone – in the event that you lose it. The Find My Device feature allows Android users to locate the handset, keeping it unchecked by setting PINs, passcodes, or patterns remotely. Users can call the finder to display a message on their lock screen asking that you have a phone once. This feature also allows users to erase all data on their Android phone so that the searcher does not have access to it and at the same time triggers phone security, making the phone unusable for anyone else.
How to find your lost Android smartphone and erase data website
To find, lock, or erase an Android phone, that phone must:
- Be turned on
- Be signed in to a Google Account
- Be connected to mobile data or Wi-Fi
- Be visible on Google Play
- Have Location turned on
- Have Find My Device turned on
Remotely find, lock, or erase
- Go to android.com/find Login to your Gmail.
- The lost phone gets a notification.
- On the map, you’ll get info about where the phone is.
- The location is approximate and might not be accurate.
- If your phone can’t be found, you’ll see its last known location, if available.
- Pick what you want to do. If needed, first click Enable lock & erase.
Erase device: Permanently deletes all data on your phone (but might not delete SD cards). After you erase,
Find My Device won’t work on the phone