Having your Android phone lost or stolen is panicky right? It is because smartphones are very important necessities of today’s lifestyles and misplacing them or losing them is the last thing you’d want to happen. And of course, you would want to retrieve your exact phone, not just a replacement or something. Feel helpless no longer as here are some useful options on how you can track down your stolen Android phone.
Android Device Manager
The Android Device Manager (ADM) is a built-in feature in all Android phones, allowing you to do almost everything you want. However, this program will not work if the GPS feature in your phone is off, while tracking to track down your phone. You must go to the Web interface, and your phone must be linked to your Gmail account, ensuring you are logged in. Thus, it should track your phone automatically. Basically, the Android Device Manager can track a stolen or lost phone through GPS, capable of ringing a phone loudly and remotely, wipe the memory remotely through a computer, and lock someone out of accessing and using your phone remotely.
Avast Mobile Security & Antivirus
This program is considered as an all-in-one package. It offers phone location and anti-theft services and a great program that can protect your phone from malware, spyware, and viruses. It also includes a firewall, plus remote lock, wipe, and alarm features, allowing you to remotely locate a stolen or missing phone through GPS. Another impressive feature of this program is that you’ll receive a notification when someone tries to change the SIM in your phone.
If you avail the premium plan, you will enjoy many other benefits of this program such as remote camera usage, automatic lock-up after 3 incorrect passwords, remotely locking apps, backup features, and remotely sending SMS from the phone through the computer. However, the entire program requires an administrator access setup so you can reach it from the Web. You should set up the anti-theft feature as its device administrator, and will remain hidden, unless you set up a pin code to view it. Hiding this feature is wise, but could be annoying at times.
Where’s My Droid?
Also called as WMD, this app is almost similar to the Android Device Manager. However, this program has more features than the other. You must install this app before even losing your phone. Things you can do with this app include texting the phone with a code word in order to locate it. You can also activate a spy camera. Through the texting feature, you can create a list of a person who can text the phone with the secret or code word, making it ring loudly, activates the camera; get the GPS location, and so much more. The texting feature also allows you to create a list of contacts you want to block from the remote access.
With the paid version of Where’s My Droid, you can maximize additional features such as activating the camera flash or taking a picture, while tracking the stole phone. The free version, on the other hand, you are limited to be using the loud ring feature and the GPS feature.