Android has a device tracking feature just like iOS does that lets you find where you device is. You can use it to track your device but you can also use it to call your device and find it in case you’ve misplaced it in the same room or house you’re in. The feature has always been baked into Android but Google has a dedicated Find My Device app to the Play Store. It gives you easy to access dashboard that you can use to view all your connected devices, and track them.
Find My Device On Android
Install Find My Device from the Google Play Store. You can get it from the link or if you later decide to search for it in the Google Play Store app, make sure you download the one that’s been published by Google.
Run the app and sign in to your Google account. You can, optionally, sign in as a guest user.
Once you’re signed in, you will need to allow the app access to your location. It will find your current device on the map, and you can call it if you want to. You can also use the Enable Secure Erase option from the app.
The more options button i.e., the three dots at the top allow you to rename your device and switch accounts if you want to. You can also refresh the location for a device, and enable an option that requires you to always sign-in whenever the app is launched.
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Installing this app isn’t necessary if you want to be able to find the device in your hands. Your phone’s location is tracked by Google and you can find it from your desktop web browser. All you have to do is Google Find my phone. You can Google Find my phone on your Android browser as well however using the app means you have far fewer taps and a better dashboard.
The Sign in as Guest option is for when you need to sign in with a Google account that you haven’t configured on your phone, or one that you don’t intend to use long-term. Whichever account you sign in with, it will be signed out the second you close the app.
This is Google’s own branded app so users are going to prefer it over other similar solutions and there are at least a hundred of them. They’re not all as reliable as Google’s own solution so the app will be a welcome addition.