Most of us misplace our smartphones from time to time. Or worse still, find ourselves the victim of theft. Luckily your smartphone has some very useful features built in to help you locate it. Just follow these simple instructions so you can be fully prepared to find your phone should you become separated from it.
How to set up Find My Device for Android
- Sign in with or create your Google Account to automatically turn on Android Device Manager.
- To check that it's active tap 'Settings' > 'Google' > 'Security'.
- Under 'Find My Device' check that 'Remotely locate this device' and 'Allow remote lock and erase' are both switched on.
- Go back to 'Settings' and tap 'Location'.
- Make sure 'Location' is switched on.
Many manufacturers also supply their own 'find, lock and erase' features as an alternative to Find My Device for Android. Check your online user guide for details and see which you prefer.
How to use Find My Device for Android
Once you've followed the instructions above, Find My Device will be ready to use in case of emergency.
- Use a computer or another smartphone to visit android.com/find and sign in to your Google Account.
- Click your lost device.
- If your device can be located it will be shown on the map.
- You now have a few options:
- If your Android is nearby you can 'Play sound' to help you locate it.
- If you hadn't set a lock password you can do so now so nobody else can access your information.
- If you're sure your Android is permanently lost you can delete all your data from it. Once erased, Find My Device will no longer work. If you do find your Android again after erasing, you'll need your Google Account password to unlock it.
- Tap 'Settings' > '[your name]' > 'iCloud'. Or tap 'Settings' > 'iCloud'.
- Scroll down and tap 'Find My iPhone'.
- Tap to turn on both 'Find My iPhone' and 'Send Last Location'.
If it asks you to sign in, enter your Apple ID.
How to use Find My iPhone
Once you've followed the instructions above, Find My iPhone will be ready to use in case of emergency.
- Use a computer or another smartphone to visit icloud.com.
- Log in using your Apple ID.
- Click 'Find My iPhone'.
- If your phone can be located it will appear on a map.
- Click on the dot
- If your phone is nearby and turned on, you can choose to 'Play Sound' to help you find it
- If your iPhone is lost you can choose 'Lost Mode' to lock it and start tracking its location. You can see where your iPhone has been during the past 24 hours. And you can add a phone number that will be displayed on your iPhone's lock screen so a good samaritan can call you if they find it.
- If you're sure that you won't be seeing your iPhone again you can choose to 'Erase iPhone'. This will delete all your data. Should you subsequently find your iPhone you can restore your data from your iCloud backup.
How to set up Find My Phone for Windows Phone
If you've already signed in on your phone using your Microsoft account then Find My Phone will be ready to use. If not, sign in now.
How to use Find My Phone for Windows Phone
- Go to account.microsoft.com/devices.
- Sign in using the same Microsoft account you used to sign in on your phone.
- Choose your Windows Phone and click 'Find My Phone'.
- You'll see a map with your phone's location.
- You now have a few options:
- If your phone is nearby you can make it ring to help you find it.
- If you hadn't set a lock password you can do so now so nobody else can access your data. You can also display a message on the lock screen to help a good samaritan get your phone back to you.
- If you're absolutely sure you're not going to find your phone you can erase all the data from it to protect your personal information.