Go to android.com/find on a second device and sign in with the same Google account as the one your phone is linked to. If you have two phones linked to the same account, it will show you the options to choose the phone you want to locate. Once you log in, it will show you the location of your phone on the map. However, the location is approximate and not accurate sometimes.
We’ve all experienced those mini-heart attacks when our phone isn’t in our pocket. And occasionally it isn’t a false alert, and the phone has just vanished. Apart from worrying and losing shortness of breath after losing your phone, there are a few more things you may try to find it. Here are several methods for retrieving your favourite mobile device. Before we get started on the procedures to find your phone, there are a few things you should know. Your phone must be turned on, connected to the internet, equipped with GPS and ‘Find My Device’ applications, and linked to your Google account. If any of the conditions are not satisfied, it may be difficult to proceed.
In case you have kept your phone somewhere and forgot the location, this feature can help you find the spot where you left your phone. In scenarios when you reach the exact location of your phone, you can ping to find the exact place where your phone is. There is an option to ‘Play Sound on the page that displays your phone’s location.’ Press it to play a tone for five minutes straight, even if it is on silent mode.
If you’ve tried every trick mentioned above and still can’t locate your phone and have lost it for good, you can erase all data from your phone remotely through the same page. You’ll see a green ‘Erase Device’ button. Press it to activate a factory reset on your device. The page will ask you to press the button again to confirm. Doing that will erase all data in your internal storage. However, the feature won’t work for any external storage installed in your phone.
You can also lock the phone to protect your data and leave a message for a kind stranger who finds your phone and have intentions to return it. On the page, you will find an option to ‘Secure Device.’ Click on it, and it will allow you to type a message, along with an alternate phone number, that will be displayed on the lost phone’s screen. Once you’re done typing, click on Secure Device again to activate the lock.