How to find your lost Android phone

If you’re here then you probably had the panic-inducing experience of losing your Android phone. Fortunately, with today’s GPS and tracking systems, it’s easier than ever to figure out where your phone is as long as the proper settings have been set up beforehand.

Just remember that time is of the essence. There are plenty of people who will want to keep that lost phone, so you’ll need to act as quickly as possible to retrieve it. We’ll go over how to track your phone’s location, how to lock your phone remotely to keep your info safe, and also explain how to make it easier for someone to return it to you.

How to locate your phone using Google

Google Find My Device Pixel 5a

Google Find My Device map (Image credit: Android Central)

Most Android phones now come with Find My Device built right in. This Google service automatically tracks your phone’s location, so if your phone is missing, you can hop on your laptop or a friend’s phone and find where it last sent out a signal. All you have to do is type “Where is my phone” in Google Chrome while logged into your Google account to bring up the Find My Device map. A green icon appears on the map showing either the exact location or approximate area of ​​your phone’s last signal.

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