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How To Locate Your Lost Android Tablet or Smartphone Using Device Manager

Android Device manager

At last, the Android Device Manager will become globally available. This useful app released by Google can do other things aside from pinpointing the location of your device. Some of the neat stuff it brings include a lot of remote movements, such as erasing data, ringing the phone, changing the screen unlock password and restoring it to factory settings. You can obtain the Android Device Manager via this link – https:/www.google.com/android/devicemanager – and logging into your Google account.

Keep in mind that you need to add it to your Google account for it to work, and you’ll have to link the device to that account as well.  You won’t have to worry about setting your location, Google will do that for you with the help of its locator. The Device Manager screen will display the name of your device, when and where it has been last located and when it was used last.

The same screen will offer you two options:

– Ring the phone: allows you to remotely call it.

– Wipe device: will help you reset your device.

I bet you will find the ring you phone option most useful when you’ve misplaced your device. By using this feature, the phone will ring for 5 minutes and after that, it will emit a sound to help you locate it. The sound can only be switched off when you hit the Off button on your phone.

The Official Android Device Manager by Google allows users to take a load of their chests by tracking, locating and removing data, all remotely. The location capabilities of the Device Manager resemble those of the iCloud which helps Apple users to locate the iDevice. We would now proceed to detail these amazing features:

1. Track and call the lost device:

This really comes in handy if you just can’t remember where you left your phone/tablet; it could be at home, it could be in your car, you could have dropped it in between the sofa mattresses. This app will help you find it regardless if you’ve set it to Loud or Silent mode.

2. Protection for the user’s personal info and data:

Protecting all your personal and private things on your device from the unwanted eye is made easy by the Device Manager. It offers you the opportunity to seemingly clean your device. If it gets stolen, or you know you can’t retrieve it, with just one simple press your device will return to the original factory settings and remove all the data.

Erasing Phone Data using Android Device Manager

In order to send all your data to oblivion, admin access on your device is required. You can grant the Android Device Manager that access by sending a notification from the app to our device. When that is received it will direct you to the page from which you can grant the access.

When the access is granted, the Device Manager will unlock the erase data option for your device. You will find the button just next to the ‘Ring’ key. Once you have pressed to erase your data, you will not be prompted with any confirmation screen, but all your personal data will be gone, thus restoring the device to the original settings.

Availability

By the end of this month (August 2013) this app will be available to all regions, and it can be downloaded via this link: https://www.google.com/android/devicemanager

It’s compatible with Android 2.2 or higher, but do not forget that you will have to log in to your Google account and link it to the device as well. More on the functionalities of this tool, you can find by following the link provided above.

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