New Android Feature Lets You Set Your Lost Phone to Call Back
Most people in today’s life consider their phones almost an extension of themselves. They have their whole life on there, and to secure that digital life they keep their phones locked. But what if you lose your locked phone, or it’s stolen?
Apple provides a service known as Find My iPhone to remote locate your lost or stolen phone. With the release of Android 4.4 KitKat, Google also added its own equivalent in the form of Android Device Manager which can help you track the device down as long as the software is set up properly.
Android device manager makes use of the GPS technology to locate the phone, and if you set it up properly it offers you the ability to change your passwords, or even wipe the entire data of your smartphone.
Google recently rolled out an update to both the Web interface and the official app of the service adding in a very nifty new feature in the “lock” section. Now, you can add a recovery message to the lockscreen, along with a phone number at which you can be reached. So if someone finds your misplaced phone, they could easily contact you to return it.
Below are a few simple steps to set up the Android Device Manager properly in order to use this new lock screen feature:
1. Head over to Google’s browser-based Android Device Manager. Sign in and it’ll ask you to accept the location data to proceed.
2. Once you’ve accepted, you’ll be able to see the names of all your devices and their possibly the best accurate locations. Now, switch between the devices to find your lost phone.
3. After you’ve found your phone, you get three choices: You can ring the device, lock it or wipe the entire data onboard.
4. What you’re going to do is to tap the lock button, toss in a recovery message and an unlock password, and then add a phone number where the finder could easily contact you.
As for the recovery message, that’s entirely up to you what you write there, but we recommend you being polite instead of adding death threats.
That’s it! Now, the only options for the person who has just found your phone are either to successfully enter the password, or press the big onscreen call button to place a call through to you.
Note that you can also download the free app from the Play Store if you want to find your lost phone from another Android device rather than going through the Web interface.
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