How to locate a misplaced Android phone using 'Android Device Manager'?

  • Posted on: 26 November 2015
  • By: sasi

Misplacing a phone and then fretting over it can happen to any of us. You could have left it at a coffee shop or in the office but searched your entire house to find it. Or probably you know that is in your house but do not know the exact spot where you left it. Google's 'Find my phone' and 'Android device manager' can help you locate a misplaced Android phone.

Pre-requisites:

  • Your Android device's location access should have been turned on. To switch on location access go to settings>>Personal>>Location. You can toggle on the location access from this screen.
  • Your Android device should have a mobile data or wifi connection turned on.

To find a missing Android phone:

  • Open google.com in a browser
  • Sign in to Google with the same account that your Android device is linked to.
  • After signing in, type “Find my phone” (without the quotes) in the google search box.
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  • Google displays the Find Your phone app on your browser. From the drop down, select the Android device that you want to locate.
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  • Google displays your phone's location on a map. Click the address that is displayed to expand the map.
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  • This opens the Android device manager which contacts your Android device and locates in on a map. You probably left it in your office or at a restaurant. This map will give you a clue.
  • Sometimes just knowing the location may not be enough. You may not know the exact spot in that location where you left your phone. It could be under a pillow or slipped into the couch gaps.

  • Click the 'Ring' button and Android device manager will ring your phone at full volume for 5 minutes. I hope that helps you find your phone.

Did this work for you? I would love to hear your feedback in the comments below.