How to Find a Lost Android Phone

Take control of a misplaced, lost or stolen device to help find out exactly where it is.

There is the very real possibility of misplacing or losing a device, which, at the very least is irritating. The chances of a device being stolen are less likely but you need to be ready in case any of these scenarios do happen.

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Android Lost is a free app ( Works with Android 2.2 and up )that enables users to remotely control a device through a Google account. After installing the app users can remotely control a device using a host of features. Remote control of a device is done through the Android Lost website. The user signs in and is remotely connected to any device that the Android Lost app is installed on.

If you have simple misplaced the device, the alarm option is a great choice for finding it. Hit Send and a full volume alarm will go off. If you cannot hear the device there is a GPS feature which will locate the device within 60 seconds. Not only does the app enable users to help find a device but it also lets users control elements of a device. You can search through contacts, reboot the phone and even take a picture.

1. Android Lost App

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Head to the Google Play store and search for Android Lost, download and install. Now open the application and select the administration rights option. This will activate the app on the device, but to use the app tap Exit and head to Android Lost.

2. Access permission

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Select the Sign In link in the top-right corner of the page – this will redirect to Google accounts. Add login details and log in. The Android Lost app will then request permission to access a Google account. Select the Google account to use and press Allow to continue.

3. Control basics

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Switch to Controls and reveal a selection of options under the default Basics banner. The first option is Alarm, which will set off a siren at a predetermined volume. This is ideal for trying to find a lost phone or device. Select how long the alarm will last and tap Alarm to set if off.

4. Device location

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The GPS option, under Basics, displays the current location of a device. Select Send location and wait for the Google server to display a pop-up showing the location. If the GPS is disabled or not available, the network location is displayed. Again, ideal for finding a device.

5. Status

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The current status of the phone or device, ie battery level, can be sent directly to the server. Alongside Phone Status there is the option to disable sound to make a device silent. Alternatively, it can be switched on. There are the same choices for Bluetooth, GPS and Wi-Fi.

6. Message and text

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There are a selection of options for sending messages. The first option is the Message popup one which simply sends a message to the device that the Android Lost application is correctly installed on. Type in a message and select Send. Alternatively, send a text.

7. Hide package

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Switch to Security to view the Package display option. By default the Android Lost app, known as Personal Notes, will be added to Apps. If a device gets stolen, the Personal Notes icon can be hidden by selecting Hide Package. To show, click Display Package.

8. Text to speech

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If a phone is lost or misplaced the Text to speech option under Mobile enables a spoken message to be remotely activated. Simply type in a message, or use the default, and press Speak. Seconds later the message will be played on the selected device.