iPhone owners have enjoyed the ability to track down lost or stolen phones for several years. Well Android users rejoice! This week Google quietly added this capability for Android users.
The service is called Android device Manager and couldn’t be easier to use. First you set up your phone to use the service at Settings/Security/Device Administrators/Android Device Manager and activate the service by making sure the box is ticked. Then go to Google Settings/Android Device Manager and make sure both items are ticked and you are good to go.
Then if you want to locate your phone go to this page ( you may be asked to log in to your google account) You will see your devices listed so you can locate the one that is missing. You can also set the missing phone to ring for 5 minutes..This is great if you have just misplaced the device. If you are sure it has been stolen then you can erase the device, this should not be done lightly because once you press the Erase button and confirm the action, a factory reset will be performed, deleting everything on the device — which also stops the Android Device Manager from working. If the phone is turned off when you erase it, a full factory reset will be performed the next time the phone is turned on.
It worked really well on my HTC One X running Android 4.1.2 with Sense 5 but for some reason I could not get it to work on my Original Nexus 7 running Android 4.3