How to ring, lock, or erase your lost or stolen Android device
Recently, there has been an increase in the number of people who have had their Android device lost or stolen. Luckily, Google provides multiple ways to ensure you don’t lose all of your information if your device gets lost or stolen. But how do you go about using these features? In this guide, we’ll cover how to use each of them to make sure your data stays safe and private in every situation!
Ring Your Device
If you lose your phone and can’t find it:
- Try calling the phone. If the person who finds it answers, ask them to call you back.
- Use Google’s find my device tool on another computer or phone – this will help you locate the phone on a map and potentially make it ring (even if it’s set to silent).
- Download Lookout Mobile Security for free in the Google Play store and use their Play Find My Device feature to pinpoint its location on a map and make it ring, even if it’s set to silent mode. Lock Your Device: If someone steals your phone while you’re using it, they might be able to access all of your data by pressing several buttons that unlock the screen. That’s why locking your phone with a PIN is so important!
Lock Your Device
If you suspect that someone has found and taken your phone, the first thing you need to do is secure it by locking it. To do this, head over to Settings and select Security from the menu that appears on the left. Scroll down until you see Screen Lock and tap on it.
Erase Your Device
If you’ve misplaced your phone and can’t find it, the first thing you should do is call it. Even if it’s on silent mode, the sound of ringing may give away its location. If you don’t have a signal for your phone then look around for any open Wi-Fi networks that may be broadcasting – this will give you a good idea of where to start looking. You should also go through all the items in your house and make sure the phone isn’t somewhere out of place.