You are travelling on public transport and when you check your pocket for your phone after deboarding, it’s gone.
It is a common occurrence and has happened to many of us. Many of us have lost our mobile phones, misplaced it or have its stolen. We could only wish if there was a way to find out where it was.
Worry not! There is a way. If you have an Android phone, with your Google account logged in, you will be able to track it.
If your lost phone is connected to a Wi-Fi, you will get an almost accurate location. However, even GPS and mobile networks will give a fairly accurate location with the help of Google maps.
Here is how you can track your Android smartphone:
Using Google Maps:
Step-1: Open Google Maps (maps.google.co.in) on a computer or any other smartphone.
Step-2: Login to the Google account linked to your lost smartphone
Step-3: Select ‘Your timeline’ option from the three-horizontal bar icon on the top-right corner.
Step-4: You can enter the time (year, month, day) to see the location of the device on that particular day.
Step-5: Google Maps will also show the current location of the device.
Find My Device feature:
If you’ve linked your phone to Google, you can find, lock or erase your device.
Here is how you can do it:
Step-1: Go to android.com/find and sign in to your Google Account.
Step-2: On the map, you can see where the device is. If your device can’t be found, you’ll see its last known location, if available.
Step-3: You can choose from three options.
Play sound: Rings your device at full volume for 5 minutes, even if it’s set to silent or vibrate.
Lock: Locks your device with your PIN, pattern, or password. If you don’t have a lock, you can set one. To help someone return your device to you, you can add a message or phone number to the lock screen.