How I find my android device if lost or stolen

I wouldn’t say I like it when I find my android device, with all the private information and potentially sensitive data it has, it can be scary. Misplacing your android device can lead to devastating consequences, especially if store confidential information in it.

I use an Android device, and sometimes I can be careless with it. But there are tools I can use to find my Android device easily. I’m going to show you the steps I took to find my Android device. I’ve listed the tools you can use to find your android device if you misplaced it or got stolen.

Note: You can’t track your phone unless it’s switched on and connected to a mobile or Wi-Fi network.

Find My Device

Trying to find my android device


  • Trace your phone using GPS
  • Format your phone remotely
  • Continuously rings your phone
  • Lock your phone immediately
  • Works with tablets and smartwatches

Google’s Find My Device app is an essential app for Android users, and I love it. Adding a Google Account will automatically turn on Find My Device app. To confirm this, go to Settings > Security > Find My Device or something similar. You should find Find My Device switched on.

This app makes finding the location of your lost device easy. Also, it’s free to download from the Google Play Store. Once installed, it will request that you log in and ensure that the location activated. Also, your lost device has to be online via Wi-Fi or mobile data for the app to locate it.

You can always go to to trace your device in any browser on your PC or any smartphone. If you’ve logged into your Google account, type “find my phone” into Google search box.

As long as your lost device has internet access and the location is on, you’ll be able to locate it. 

My favorite feature of the app is the ability to lock the device and write a message with an accompanying phone number. Hopefully, when someone finds your device, all the person has to do is to press the Call Me button on the phone screen to call the included phone number.

You also have the option to ring the phone or format the phone.

Remember, if you trace your lost device using a browser, you’ll need to log into your Google account. If you use someone else’s phone or computer, you’ll need to log out of all your accounts when done. Anyone that has access to that phone or computer can be able to trace your lost device. I suggest you install the app should be your first choice for locating a lost Android device. 

Find My Mobile

If you have a Samsung phone, like the Samsung A20, then you’re able to use Samsung’s Find My Mobile Service but you must have a Samsung account before you can use this service. You can find this service in Settings > Biometrics and security > Find My Mobile. You can activate the service and choose if you want to allow Remote unlock and Send last location.

Find my mobile

find my mobile

Find my mobile

Using Remote Unlock Samsung helps you to store your PIN, password, or pattern, so you can unlock it even if you forget. However, it can likewise control your phone remotely. As for Send Last Location, it sends the last location of your misplaced Samsung device when the battery is about to die. It’s not a bad idea to have this service toggled on.

You can also sign in to your Samsung’s website with your account through any web browser to trace your lost device.

Other Options

There are other options to use to trace your lost device except Samsung’s Find My Mobile, and Google’s Find My Device service. Some people in the US pay extra to significant carriers for some kind of phone tracking service. Also, many apps offer phone tracking capability, but many of them charge a subscription fee.

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