Why Do I Want to Do This?Whether you’re just prone to losing your phone in your house or you’re worried about data security if your phone is actually stolen, there’s no good reason to skip turning on the security features available through Android Device Manager. It’s free, it has next to no overhead, and you can access it to locate your device and/or remote wipe it from any computer you can log into your Google account from.
Even if you think you’ll never need it, it takes so little effort to turn it on that it would be outright foolish to not do so.
What Do I Need?To follow along with this tutorial you’ll need the following things:
- 1 Android device running Android OS 2.2+
- 1 Google account
Turning On Android Device Manager
Note: Users on earlier versions of the Android OS may be required to individually check “Remotely locate this device” and “Allow remote factory reset” before accepting the changes.
Once the Android Device Manager has been activated, you can return to the home screen and resume using your phone.
Managing Your Phone via the Device Manager Web Portal
After that, you can select your device from the drop-down menu in the corner and perform one of three tasks.
First, using GPS/Wi-Fi location data from the phone, you can locate the phone. This feature is dependent on recent GPS data, and if the GPS/location functionality has been turned off on the phone for a period of time (say, several days), it will simply report that the location is unavailable.