How to locate phone with Android device manager?

How to locate phone with Android device manager?

Just the thought of losing phone is enough to make phone users freak out. The improtance of cell phone for today’s generations can not bementioned in the same breath. A large amount of sensitive personal information and happy memories are stored inside the phone. Luckily enough, one can easily locate phone with Android device manager. You’ll be able to see the device’s location on the map and get it back. As not many people are unaware of  how this fantastic tool work, we will discuss it in details in this guide. Check it out!

How to locate cell phone with Android device manager?

For Android users, Android device manager is an excellent option to find your cell phone. It is available in Play Store but if you’re using newer Android device, this application is pre-installed into your phone. It can be used to locate, ring, lock or erase the Android device running Android 2.3 and above, and works similarly to another location tracker.

Enable Android device manager

Step 1. Launch Settings and searh for Google option. Or you might have a separated app called Google Settings

Step 2. Go to Security then Android device manager. If ADM is not available, it means that it’s not installed on your Android device.

Step 3. Explore the features of ADM. By default, Remotely locate this service is turned on while Allow remote lock and erase is disabled.

Locate your Android phone

Once you have enabled Android device manager, go through the process of locating your lost Android phone. You can access the site via the web browser of phone or computer.

Step 1. Go to

Step 2. Sign in with the same Google account

Step 3. If your location service is turned on, the location of lost Android device will be displayed on Google Maps.

In case you had not set a lock screen before it was lost, you can use Android bypass lock screen and lock it with new password as well as add a customized message. To bypass lock screen, simply click on Set up Lock or Erase option. Then choose Lock and type in your new password, at least some of your important information can be protected.

You’re also given option to add recovery message which will show on your lost Android phone. If someone stumbled upon your phone, they may return the device to you. In the fortunate event that your mobile phone is nearby, Ring option comes in handy. Your device will ring at full volume for 5 minutes.

However, if you lose the hope of getting your device back, Android device manager can prefrom a factory reset. It will wipe all data on the lost device and the ADM will no longer work as well. If the device is not presently active, it will erase the data the next time it connects.

Why Android device manager isn’t showing my phone?

Android device manager helps locate the lost or stolen device but sometimes it doesn’t show all the devices associated with your account. It seems like nothing can be done if the device is not listed in ADM website or app. It might be Google Play service error. To fix this issue, here’s how you can do:

Step 1. Clear data of the following apps: Google Services Framework, Google Play Store and Download Manager

Step 2. Restart your phone

Step 3. Relaunch Google Play Store and sign into your account

Step 4. Go to Google Settings > Security > Uncheck Allow Remote Lock & Erase

Step 5. Open Device Settings menu > Application Manager > Google Play Services

Step 6. Clear data for Google Play Services

Step 7. Go back to Google Settings > Check Allow Remote Lock & Erase

Step 8. Restart your mobile phone

Is it possible to locate an iPhone?

Yes, similar to Android Device Manger, Apple has inbuilt feature called Find My iPhone. It gives user the ability to locate, lock, wipe or ring the iPhone. Before you start tracking iOS device, Find My iPhone should be enabled. Once you set it up, visit and sign into the Apple account. Tap on “All devices” and select the lost one from the list to check the location.

Final thought

Our precious devices can go missing in unimagineable ways and make us feel stressful. But if you know how to locate phone with Android device manager, things gets easier. It enables you to track mobile location in an easy and reliable way. Simply enable this service and get started.

Carl L. Hirsch is a writer, editor, and journalist. She has been a staff writer in various US-based periodicals for five years. But then she decided to dedicate her life to traveling and freelance writing.

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