Remotely locate, lock, or erase your lost/stolen device

Google has made it easy for Android users to keep track of and secure their misplaced, lost or stolen phones and tablet. If the worst happened and your device had fallen into the wrong hands, follow this guide to remotely locate it and protect your data.


We will be using Android Device Manager, Google’s new feature that finds your device and protects your resources from unauthorized persons. To use the application, you need to be logged into your Gmail/Google Play account. Also please ensure that your device is running Android 2.2 and above.

  1. On your Android device, connect to the internet and log in your Google account
  2. On your computer, visit this webpage and log into your Google account
  3. Select the device you want Android Device Manager enabled on and send a notification to it
  4. Open your Android device, click on the notification and check “Allow remote lock and factory reset”
  5. You need to accept the security prompt.

Android Device Manager is acticated on your smartphone or tablet, now you can remotely locate, ring, lock, or erase its data. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. On your computer, open the Android Device Manager homepage at
  2. You will see a map of your device’s real time location and a pop up box with its name
  3. Click on the action you want to take in regards to your device.

Please note, that when you click on “Ring”, the device rings at maximum volume even when in silence mode.

Google’s Android Device Manager service is available for all users with a Gmail account, who own a 2.2 and above Android device.


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