How to Track an Android Phone, Tablet and Smartwatch

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No matter how careful you are with your phone, tablet or smartwatch, there are still chances that you’ve had an awful experience of losing them. No matter how cautiously protect them, there are times when you are just unlucky and end up being pickpocketed. As per a recent study, there are about 70 million phones that are lost each year. 

Fortunate are Android users, they have these apps and services designed specifically for tracking down a lost smartphone. Here’s a list of the best methods that you can use to find or retrieve a lost Android device. 

Here are a few apps that you can use. 

FIND MY DEVICE ANDROID APP

Key features

  • Tracks and locates your phone via GPS
  • Let’s you erase your phone’s data remotely
  • Remotely play a sound
  • Let’s you remotely lock your phone
  • Works with Android phones, tablets, and smartwatches. 

This is a must-have app for all the Android users. Google’s Find My Device makes locating your lost device extremely simple, all you need to do is just download the app form the Google Play Store. Once you have installed the app, it will ask you to log in, just make sure your location is set to high accuracy and is turned on during this time. When the app is installed and running, you can locate your device, as long as it’s on and connected to a Wi-Fi connection or mobile data.

If you wish to track your device, you can go to android.com/fin in any browser. Also, if you are logged into your Google account, just type ‘find my phone’ on Google. If your lost device is connected to the internet and its location is on, you’ll be able to locate it.

One of the best features of this app is that it allows you to remotely lock your device and send a message with an accompanying phone number. In this case, the person who finds your device has to just press the Call Me button. Moreover, the app also allows to remotely play a sound or even erase your device’s memory.

This app is extremely easy to download and simple to use and a great choice to find a lost Android device. 

FIND MY PHONE

Key features 

  • GPS location of your phone is available via the app’s built-in map
  • Keeps tabs on missing phones and sends real-time updates
  • Navigational assistance is available whenever tracking a phone
  • You can easily delete messages from a tracked phone

This is one of the most amazing apps to find lost Android phones. The best part about this Find My Phone app by Family Safety Productions is that you can use this app to track the smartphone of any family member who syncs their phone to the program. 

You are also provided with real-time updates like location change whenever you are trying to hunt down your lost phone. You also get accurate GPS directions. 

The app is easy-to-use; also, the website is extremely easy and allows quick viewing for all the synced phone. The website too provides real-time updates and tracking. 

LOST ANDROID 

Key features

  • Allows you to read sent and received SMS 
  • You can remotely wipe the memory of both your phone and SD card
  • You can remotely start a flashing screen alarm on your phone
  • Allows you to forward calls to a desired number
  • Let’s you locate your phone via GPS or internet

Unlike the other apps on the list, Lost Android can do much more than just finding your Android device. The app offers an incredible number of features and benefits that are exclusive just to Lost Android. The sad part about this app is that some of its functionality doesn’t work on newer versions of Android. 

Using this app, you can forward any message received on your phone to your email or you can even send SMS directly from your computer. The app also allows you to activate a remote-controlled alarm that works even when your lost phone is on Silent. 

This affordable app is a true value for money. 

HOW TO TRACK LOST ANDROID PHONE USING IMEI NUMBER?

Did you know that you can track your lost Android phone using IMEI number? So, let’s understand what exactly the IMEI number is. IMEI stands for International Mobile Equipment Identity, and it is a unique 15 digit code that is authorized by GSMA. This IMEI number is just like an identity certificate for your Android device. 

Every time your phone uses a particular network to make or receive a call or to even send or receive a message, the IMEI number gets emitted and tracked automatically. The police and service providers have databases in which these ID number falls, and the owner can report his IMEI number and make it blacklisted once it’s lost or stolen. 

HOW DO I GET THE IMEI NUMBER OF MY ANDROID PHONE? 

  1. Getting IMEI number is extremely easy, all you need to do is just dial *#06#. Doing this will make your unique IMEI code appear. 
  2. Another way to find an IMEI number is to navigate – Settings > About Phone > Check IMEI code
  3. You can also find the IMEI number on the reverse side of your phone or underneath the removable battery cover. 
  4. The IMEI number can be found on the packaging of your phone as well. 

Let’s look at some of the apps that you can use to track phone using IMEI number. You can also use some of the above-mentioned apps as some of them support IMEI number tracking. 

How to begin? 

Search IMEI tracker in Google Play and find “Anti-theft App & IMEI Tracker All Phone Location” on your phone. Please note this app only works on Android versions that are 4.4 or above it. Once, you have found the app, you can start installing the app. 

After the app is installed, give all permissions that the app asks for. These permissions are necessary to activate the app fully. Now, you can input the IMEI number of your lost or stolen phone and click on TRACK. Once you have pressed on the track button, a small window will open up which will indicate the location of your phone. 

Wrapping it up!

These apps can definitely help you track your phone but like it’s always said, “Prevention is better than cure.” Just be a little cautious and aware of your surroundings.  Also, to further protect your device, you should always set a pin number. 

You must know that the IMEI number can be changed by thieves with the help of professional tools; and once it is changed, the phone is no longer identified as the same by the network. So, it advisable to get hold of your IMEI number beforehand.

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