A tech post after a long time !
There are plenty of wonderful tracking apps – you can easily track your android mobile phone with the help of these tracking apps. You need to have any one of these apps installed on your mobile phone before it was stolen. But most of us do not install such apps.
You still have scope to track your mobile phone even when there is no such tracking app installed ! It is always advisable to have one device tracking app installed on your mobile / tablet. This article deals about the situation where you have no such phone recovery or anti-theft apps installed and phone is lost/stolen. There is something called ‘Android Device Manager‘ (ADM) on your smart phone using which you can remotely track, lock, and erase the data on a your stolen or lost mobile phone.
Android Device Manager is a google tool found on your phone or tablet. It is easy to use. You can find it under Settings > Security. It must have been turned on in order to track your phone. By default it is ON. You also need to have your device connected to your Google account and also mobile data turned on. When you have all the above three, you can track your device through your pc/laptop. Of course you need to have your location access turned on your phone.
Open https://www.google.com/android/devicemanager on your pc / laptop or on any other device. It could be even another android phone. Now sign into it. This must be the same account which you have used on the lost mobile phone.
As soon as you log in it will try to track your phone. It will show you the location map and also provides you the options Ring / Lock / Erase. In case you have several devices attached to this account make sure you select the correct device from the drop down menu.
Using this Android Device Manager you can track your android device. You can ring it. You can erase your phones data but which must have been enabled manually.
Tracking Using Google Maps Location History : This is another way to track your device.
You know that your smartphone continuously sends away location data to Google and also shares it with third party apps. Google Maps Timeline shows your past location history. Google Location History has to be enabled in order to see it. Default is off. You can find it at Google Maps > Settings > Google Location Settings > Google
Location History . It shows all the places you visited.
This Timeline is very much private and visible only to each particular user.
Coming back to tracking part, visit https://www.google.com/maps/timeline?authuser=0 on your pc or laptop or another mobile phone. You can find the places you visited.
This tracking is possible ONLY when the thief does not change google account, does not turn off the phone, does not turn the location off and mobile data is on. You are sure to find last reported position before these things turned off.
Dropbox Method : This works both for iOS and Android devices. Dropbox is widely used to store your files like photos, videos, documents and other files. This method of tracking works if you have Dropbox on your device and “Camera Upload” feature is activated. When this feature is enabled, whenever you take a snap with
your camera it will be uploaded automatically to “Camera Uploads” on your Dropbox. You can check the Dropbox from any pc or laptop or other device. If the thief clicks his selfie or whatever he or she clicks it will be uploaded automatically to the Dropbox which you have access to.
The above methods work on any mobile device. You have one more option to track your device if it is a make of Samsung. Samsung’s Find My Mobile enables you to track and access your device’s functions from your pc or laptop. You can track your mobile even when the GPS is turned off by the thief.
You need to have it set up before your phone is stolen. For this, Register your Samsung account on your device. To register
Settings > Security > Find My Mobile > Samsung Account > Sign in or create a new Samsung account
Enable ‘Remote Controls’. option at Settings > Security > Find My Mobile .
You can track and control your Samsung device as soon as you complete the above steps by visiting https://findmymobile.samsung.com/?p=prepareDvce1 .