Find your lost Android Smartphone with these best apps
Google seems to have realized the issues that occur when an Android device is lost or gets stolen and it launched the Android Device Manager Service. The new service allows finding, deleting data or managing Android phones or tablets remotely.
How is this done?
Simple: Android Device Manager will have 2 components: the service installed on the smartphone and a website where you can find your gadget and where you can issue/send various commands. Android Device Manager will be available by the end of August according to Google developers.
Until the launch of this new service we present 5 apps by means of which you can locate your lost or stolen smartphone.
These Android apps have features that allow you to see directly on the map where your phone is, send messages, notifications, set an alarm or even completely erase data and lock your phone.Finally it will help you recover or track your precious smartphone.
1. Where’s my Droid:
The free version for Android is simply a variant of the Find my iPhone app from iOS. If you lose it, you can send a code that will make your phone or tablet ring even if it is in silent mode. You can also get the GPS coordinates of your phone.
Another feature is the control option via the web interface. The paid interface allows you to take pictures (very useful feature in the case of theft), lock your phone and also erase smartphone data remotely.
2. Lookout Security:
The main role of Lookout is that of an antivirus, but it can also show you where your device is on Google Maps, can set off/ trigger your alarm and lock it. If the phone runs out of battery, the app will remember the last location reported.
Lookout Security also has the premium option which grants you access to the backup/ restore feature or one that sends you an e-mail with the location of your device and a photo taken when someone has entered a wrong password 3 times.
Cerberus is the complete recipe, both the free version as well as the paid one: remote alarm control, GPS tracking, erase SD card or phone memory data, remote phone locking. In addition, it can issue alerts when it detects another SIM and can record audio in the case of a theft.
There is a free version but it is limited to 7 days, and the premium version also allows you to assign up to 5 smartphones to the same account.
4. Plan B:
In most cases, people lose their phone or tablet without ever having installed such an app before.
Here’s where Plan B comes in.
This app is developed by the people who created Lookout Security. Plan B can be installed remotely via a web site, even if you don’t have the phone anymore. It will locate your cell phone using the mobile phone network and GPS signal, and then send an e-mail with the exact location of the phone.
Some smartphones allow enabling GPS, then location update every 10 minutes.
5. Android Lost:
This app may be the best thing ever created for Android. It’s perfect not only to find your phone but also to annoy thieves.
Lost Android can be installed on any operating system higher than the 2.2 version. If the device is already lost, just register on the site and you will force the installation by a simple sms “androidlost register”.
Not only does the app locate the phone but it also blocks it, deletes data, takes pictures, sends messages and notifications, shows you the call list, records audio or makes the alarm go off.
Do we need to mention any other functions? It can read your SMS/ text messages, forward calls, show you how much battery you have, IMEI, SIM ID inserted in it, hide received SMS after you lose your phone, make your phone talk out of the blue, turn on and off 3G or Wi-Fi connections.
The application has a single disadvantage. It will drive you crazy if you try to uninstall it, especially if you have allowed it to get administrator rights. However, you can find the steps to follow if you need to uninstall it on the official website.