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Locating Android Phone When There Is No Tracking App

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.

Track your 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.

google location history

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 .

Smartphone Apps That Remind You

Hello folks ! A tech post this time.

We all tend to forget. We forget many things. We sometimes forget where we kept our things. There are several apps that provide a solution to this memory problem.

reminder apps

Marco Polo App

There several apps that remind you what you need to do. But what will you do when you forgot where you kept your mobile ? A simple ring to it from some other mobile might solve the problem but you can not do it all the time. Your phone might be kept in silent mode etc.

Marco Polo is handy in those cases. Install the app. When you need to locate your mobile say “Marco”. Your phone will respond back with saying “Polo”. Fun ! Isn’t it ?!

Instead of calling ‘Marco’ you can set your own word for your mobile. This is a paid app. Rs 56.26

RX Pal Family Pill Minder

We do need to have medicines when we are not well. We should be regular and have them on time. But we forget. There is an app to solve this problem. It will remind you when it is time for medicine. Just set your medicine time once and you would never miss your medicine again. It also reminds you when stock of medicines are near
completion so that you can buy/place order.

This is a free app available both in Android & IOS.

bytNotes For Call Reminders

You are a science student and you wanted to discuss a physics theory with a friend. But when you actually call him you talk everything else but about that physics theory. You will no longer do it when you have bytNotes on your smart phone . This app reminds of what you wanted to discuss when you call him or when you get a call from him. Very simple and useful tool to remind you. Price Rs 55.57

Just Reminder

One app for several things. You can set ToDo / Task Reminders, Bills Reminders, Phone Call Reminders, Birthday Reminders and Anniversary Reminders . It also has Speech-to-Text feature. So you do not need to type. You can set your reminders with specific image, ringtone or Talking Alarm tone. You can set repeat alarms.

It is a Free app available in Android.

DataVault Password Manager

This app provides you a place to keep your confidential information on your mobile phone. So you no longer need to remember your complicated passwords. You can just  peep in and check whenever you are not sure of the password you set. This app stores your secret information in encrypted format. Fingerprint authentication to login is also available but in the premium version.

any.do To Do List

Most popular & best productivity app that reminds of your tasks. Being used by over one crore people all over the world on Android devices alone. Available in in IOS, Android  and Windows. Its wide range of features make this app immensely popular. You can sync between your phone, desktop, web and tablet using this app. You can set one-time, recurring or location reminders.

Apart from the remind factions you can dictate/record your ideas. You can also store images, video, audio and other files. So you can save anything on your to do list.

Ps : Direct links to google playstore for these apps have been provided.

We also misplace things and fail to recollect sometimes at homes and offices. Like a car key, purse, glasses or anything for that matter. We have bluetooth devices like TrackR Bravo to find out such devices easily.  TrackR Bravo is a wireless coin-sized tracker. You can simply attach this to your things for example your wallet. When you want to track your wallet all you have to do is, go to the TrackR Bravo app on your mobile and ‘ring’. The coin-sized tracker will beep. You have the tracker on your hand but misplaced your mobile, press the button on it and your mobile will ring.

There are also other similar devices available like iTag Finder, Nimblehouse Anti-Lost Device etc.

Do remember, these devices are for small distances like offices or homes.

Budget 4G Smart Phones Under Rs 10,000 In India

Things are getting faster. Faster downloads, smooth streaming videos, faster internet, uninterrupted video calling and many more. All these are possible because of 4G.

4G has a higher data transfer rate. It is a forward technology in internet connections. Be it office, in the home, or out on-the-go it is soon going to be the most reliable solution  for internet and communication needs. 4G internet is almost 4 times faster. You can download an entire movie in just a few minutes.

Finally, 4g is in India. With Airtel launching its 4g services and other operators catching up fast it is time for new budget smartphones that support 4g and yet do not pinch your pocket.

All these 4G smart phones are priced below Rs 10,000.

Swipe Elite 2

Swipe Elite 2 smart phone

Launched in November 2015 the Swipe Elite 2 is powered by 64 bit 1.3GHz quad-core processor and has a RAM of 1 GB. Internal memory 8 GB and can be expanded up to 32 GB. When it comes to cameras, Swipe Elite 2 has a screen size of 4.5 inch with a resolution of 540 X 960 pixels and qHD IPS display. Powered by 5 megapixel front camera for selfies while the primary comes with 8 megapixel with a flash.

OS is Android Lollipop 5.1 and battery capacity is 1900mAh. It supports dual 4G SIMs. Swipe Elite 2 supports WiFi, Bluetooth, USB and GPS.

This phone is priced under Rs 5000.

Swipe : Headquartered in Singapore, Swipe offers several Android-based Fablets, smart phones and Tablet PCs .

Phicomm Energy 653

Phicomm Energy 653
Launched in August 2015 – Phicomm Energy 653 is one of the cheapest 4G-enabled smartphones.   It come with a 5 inch touch sceen display and a resolution of 1280 X 720  pixels.

It is a dual sim smartphone with the first sim supporting 4G. Other features include – 1.1 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 CPU – 1GB RAM – 8MP rear and 2MP  front camera – 8GB memory expandable up to 64 Gb – Operating system is Android 5.1.

It is a good choice for you in case you are looking for a decent smartphone priced under Rs 5000. You can buy it from online stores amazon.in and snapdeal.com .

PHICOMM is a Chinese brand owned by Shanghai Feixun Communication Co., Ltd.

Lenovo A2010

Lenovo A2010
Another budget phone from Lenovo that is priced at Rs 4,990.

Lenovo A2010 comes with Android 5.1 operating system, 4.5-inch screen, 5 MP rear camera with LED flash, 2MP front camera,  64-bit 1GHz quad-core processor, 8GB internal storage, expandable up to 32GB,  2,000mAh battery and most importantly – 4G ready. It has a resolution of 480 X 854 pixels.

Handset weighs 137.00 gm and its dimensions are 131.50 x 66.50 x 9.95mm.

Lenovo is a popular brand in Laptops and smartphones and accounts for 30% of the total 4G smartphone sales in India.

ZTE Blade Qlux 4G

ZTE Blade Qlux 4G
Another budget smartphone that supports 4G and priced at Rs. 4,999. It’s 4.5 inch screen has a resolution of 480 X 854 pixels. When it comes to camera, you have 8MP rear camera with LED flash and 5 MP front camera. It is equipped with 1.3 GHz quad-core processor, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal storage expandable up to 32GB.

A dual SIM phone which weighs 154 grams. Battery Capacity is 2200 mAh.

ZTE Corporation is a Chinese telecommunication systems company headquartered in Shenzhen, China.

Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime

Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime
Available for Rs. 6,999 at flipkart.com. Launched in August 2015 it comes with 4.7 inch touchscreen display and 720 X 1280 pixels. Powered by Quad-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 410 processor and Android v4.4 (KitKat) OS. It has 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage that can be expandable up to 32 Gb.

Primary camera comes with 8 Mp, 3264 x 2448 pixels, auto focus, LED flash where as secondary camera is of 2 Mp, 720p. Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime is powered by a  2200mAh battery. It weighs 133.00 grams and has a dimensions of 134.00 x 67.20 x 9.40mm.

Xiaomi Inc Chinese electronics company headquartered in Beijing, China.

Micromax Canvas Xpress 4G

Micromax Canvas Xpress 4G
Launched in November 2015 this smart phone is priced at Rs. 6,599. Canvas Xpress 4G comes with 5 inch touch screen display with a resolution of 720 X 1280 pixels.

Powered by 1 GHz MT6735P Quad Core Processor. It has a RAM of 2GB and 16 GB internal memory which can be expandable up to 32GB using a microSD card.    Rear camera is 8 megapixel with flash and it has a front camera of 2 Mp.

It runs runs on Android 5.1 and is powered by a 2000mAh battery.

Micromax is an Indian consumer electronics company whose headquarters is in Gurgaon, India. Micromax is a major player in the budget segment.

Meizu m2

Meizu m2
Meizu m2 was launched in October 2015. It comes with high resolution cameras – 13 Mp primary camera and a 5 Mp camera at the front. You can take quality photos even in  low light. Selfies too will be good with FotoNation 2.0 . Size of the phone is 5 inches with a resolution of 720 X 1280 pixels at a PPI of 294 pixels per inch. Graphics are  attractive with HD display.

Comes with 2GB RAM and 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6735 processor. Internal storage is 16GB and that can be expanded up to 128GB. OS is Android 5.1 Lollipop and  is powered by 2500mAh non removable battery. It weighs 131.00 grams and measures 140.10 x 68.90 x 8.70mm.

Meizu m2 cam be brought from snapdeal.com for for Rs 6,999.

Meizu is a Chinese consumer electronics company based in China.

Coolpad Note 3

Coolpad Note 3
Launched in October 2015. Coolpad Note 3 is a fablet. ‘Finger print’ sensor makes the fab very safe and secure. You can unlock the phone in just 0.5 seconds with your finger print. It has a RAM of 3GB. Touch screen is 5.5 inch with a resolution of 1280 X 720 pixels.

Processor used is octa core Mediatk. Back camera is 13 Mp. You can capture quality pictures with its HD lens. Front camera is 5 Mp. Internal memory is 16 GB that can  be expanded to 64 GB via a microSD card. Battery capacity is 3000mAh.

All these at a price of just Rs 8,999.

Coolpad is a Chinese telecom equipment company based in China.

Lenovo K3 Note

Lenovo K3 Note
Launched in March 2015 – it is currently available at flipkart.com for Rs. 9,999. This is a fablet with a HD display from Lenovo. It screen size is 5.5 inch with a resolution of  1920X1080 pixels and the processor used is 1.7 GHz Cortex-A53 Octa Core. RAM is 2 GB, internal storage is 16GB that can be expanded up to 32GB. Back camera is 13  Mp that comes with LED flash, auto focus and face detection. Front camera is 5 mega pixel. Dual SIM. Os is Android 5.0 . Batter capacity is 2900mAh.

Asus Zenfone 2 Laser

Asus Zenfone 2 Laser
A smart phone that comes with a good quality camera. The 13 mega pixel camera comes with auto focus. You can take HD quality photos and videos. You can take quality snaps even in low light with the help of Low Light mode It has 5 Mp front camera for selfies. Touch screen is 5.5 inch and has a protection of gorilla glass 4. Equipped with Snapdragon 410 processor.  2GB RAM and internal memory of 16 GB you can expand it up to 128 GB. Powered by 3000mAh battery. OS version is Android 5.0 . both SIMs are 4G capable.

Asus Zenfone 2 Laser ZE550KL is available at flipkart for Rs 9999.

Xolo Black 1X

Xolo Black 1X
Launched in October 2015 Xolo Black 1X is currently available for Rs 9999.

It comes with 3 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage that can be expanded up to 128GB via a microSD card.  It has a 5 inch touch screen and 1.3 Ghz Octa Core 64 bit processor.

This is a sleek smart phone with a thickness of 7.6 mm. Back camera is of 13 mega pixel while the front camera is 5 mega pixel. Battery capacity is 2400mAh. Android 5.1 is the OS.

Launched in 2012, Xolo is an Indian smart devices brand by Lava.