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  • How to Track your Lost Smartphone for Androids and Windows

    How to Track your Lost Smartphone for Androids and Windows

    For Android Phones

    The Android Device Manager works similarly to Find My iPhone. You can either use the device manager on the Internet, or download the app, to use from another Android device. The tracking is on by default.

    To turn on the service follow the following steps:
    1. Head to Android Device Manager.
    2. Sign in with your Google Account - the same one as the missing phone.
    3. Now you'll see your Android device on the top left.
    4. If it isn't the one you're looking for, click the tiny down arrow next to the device name and select the correct device from the list.

    To tract the same device

    This shows you the location of your missing device, but again, there are three options you can chose from: Ring, Lock and Erase.
    1. Clicking Ring will make your device ring - useful for finding the phone if it is nearby - just missing in your home or office, for example.
    2. Click Lock if you've lost your phone.
    3. In the pop-up, enter a new password, and click on Confirm. You can also enter a recovery message and your phone number. These will be displayed on the lost device.
    4. Click Lock when you're done to lock the device remotely.
    5. To locate the device, click the GPS icon on the top-right of the box, next to the pencil icon. You need to have location access enabled on your Android device for this feature to work. The device can now only be unlocked using the password you just set.
    6. The Erase button performs a factory reset on your device, which is important if you believe you can't recover the phone. But once you do this, then much like Find My iPhone, the Android Device Manager will also not work.

    If you have an Android device, you can also track your lost device using the Android Device Manager app - after you log in with the same Google account as the missing device, the steps are the same.

    Windows Phone

    Windows Phone users also need to make sure that the Find My Phone setting is enabled on their devices, so the first thing to do is turn that on now, when you still have your phone.

    To turn on the service follow the following steps:
    1. On your phone go to Settings > Find My Phone.
    2. Check Use push notifications... and Save my phone's location periodically and before the battery runs out to make it easier to find.
    3. Go to Settings > Location and flip the switch to On.

    To tract the same device

    Now, you can use the browser on your computer or another device to find your phone if you misplace it or lose it in any other way.
    1. Head to the Windows Phone website and sign in with your Microsoft account.
    2. Your Windows Phone device will show up at the top.
    3. Click Find My Phone to locate your device.
    4. If you haven't checked Use push notifications... mentioned in step 2, Microsoft will ask you to set up SMS based alerts. If you are in India, you need to scroll down all the way and select "Bharat" written in Devnagri script.
    5. If you are setting up SMS alerts, enter your phone number, click the check box below and click Done.
    6. Clicking Find My Phone will locate the device on the map.

    After you've found your phone on the map, you can carry out certain functions, as with the other platforms.
    1. Ring makes the phone ring, so you can locate it if it is nearby.
    2. Lock asks you for a new password, and locks the phone, so other people can't use it.
    3. Erase deletes all data on the phone, but you can't track it after this.

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