Are you anxious because you lost your Android device? And with losing your device means that you have lost all your personal data with it, which might also become the cause of misuse. You don’t have to worry anymore, as now Android devices allow you to protect your stolen or lost device by using your very own Google account. Android devices with Android 7.0 and higher come with Google stock application of Find My Device. If you don’t have the app pre-installed on your phone then don’t worry, just follow the steps below that will help you enable the Find My Device service that will find your lost Android using Google account.
Before I walk you through on how to find lost phone using Google account, there are some requirements that you should preserve. These requirements are listed below.
- Make sure your Android device is running Android 7.0 or higher
- Make sure that you are connected to the internet through Wi-Fi or cellular data connection
- Make sure you are signed In to a Google account
- Connected to the Internet throughout the process
Now let’s start with the stepwise guide.
Steps to make sure that your device can be found
Step 1: Open Google Settings
Open your Android phone settings by tapping on the Settings icon in your notification menu as shown above or from your app drawer.
From settings, scroll down till you find the Google settings as shown above.
Step 2: Turn on Find my device
In Google settings, under services, scroll down till you find Security option as highlighted above. Tap to open Google’s Security settings.
In Security, Under Find My Device, tap on Find My Device option to configure its settings as highlighted above.
In Find My Device settings, turn On the toggle button as highlighted above. This will turn on the Google’s Find my Device service.
Step 3: Turn on Location
Now go back to your Google Settings and, open the Location settings from the list of services as highlighted above.
In Location, tap on the toggle button to turn On the Location as shown above, and make sure location Mode is on High accuracy.
Step 4: Turn on Google Visibility of your Device
From your browser go to https://play.google.com/settings as shown above.
Now you can see the list of your devices who were or are connected with your Google account under the My Devices.
Under Visibility, click the checkbox to Turn On the visibility of your device as highlighted above.
Steps to Find your Device.
Make sure that before performing these steps you have carefully applied the steps of Find my Device.
Step 1: Connect to your Device
Now form Google Find My Device, you can select the desired Android Device from the tabs if you have more than one device, as highlighted above. After selecting the device, Google will try to contact your device.
Step 2: Select What you want to do
Now after successfully contacting your device you will have three options from the Left panel of the screen from where you can choose any option to perform the desired action.
If you have lost your device within the house or you have misplaced it somewhere else near than you can choose this option. Google will contact your device through an internet connection and play a ringtone for 5 minutes so you can go and look for your device in peace. You can STOP the sound by clicking on the STOP RINGING button as shown above.
With Secure device option, you can click the SECURE DEVICE option to Sign out from your Device’s Google account and as well as Lock the device if you have set a password, pin or pattern on your device. There is an option to display Recovery message and Phone number on the device’s lock screen so that it will help the person to return your device to you.
With Erase device option, click on the Erase Device to permanently delete the data that are stored in your Device’s Internal storage (data stored in SD card might not be deleted). As all the information on your device will be erased, so it means that you cannot use the Find my Device service anymore.
That’s it! Hope this guide has helped you find your lost Android Device.