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How to locate your Android phone using Google’s Find My Device feature

Phones have become so embedded in our daily lives that losing one, whether you’ve left it in a cab, dropped it out of your pocket, or misplaced it under your bed, can be a stressful experience. If you have an Android phone, you can hunt it down using the Find My Device feature (hopefully).

Find My Device requires two things to work: the feature itself (of course) and Google’s Location services. The phone must also be turned on and linked to a Google account.

The Find My Device feature is included in the standard operating system on Pixels and other Android phones, and it is usually switched on by default. It’s worth mentioning that some Android devices come with their own software, like as Samsung’s Find My Mobile.

If you want to use Google’s Find My Device, check to see if it’s included in the Android version of your phone.

In Settings > Security, look for Find My Device.
If the app is listed but disabled, tap it to enable it with the toggle.

In Settings > Security, look for Find My Device.

If you don’t have Google’s Find My Device app and want to use it instead of the one your manufacturer installed, or if you want to locate your phone or watch using an Android tablet rather than a PC, go to the Play Store and download it.

After that, you may check to see if Location is turned on:

In your phone’s settings, look for Location. Directly beneath the header, it will say if it is on or off.
Go to Location and switch it on if it’s turned off.
You can also view which apps have used your location recently and which have permission to do so. If you want to take advantage of this opportunity to fine-tune this setting, tap on App location permission to adjust location permission settings.

To utilize Find My Device, you must first allow location services.

You can change the settings of numerous apps after Location is enabled.

Now you’re ready to go. Simply put “Find my device” into Google’s search bar if you can’t find your phone. From a list of the devices you’ve registered with Google, select the one you want to locate. Select one.

You’ll be sent to the Find My Device page, which will show the name of your phone, the last time it was pinged (together with the name of the Wi-Fi network it was connected to), and the current battery power. The most recent location of your phone will be displayed on a Google map.

You have three alternatives once you’ve found your phone: ping it, lock it, or wipe it. (For privacy reasons, the Google map on the right has been hidden.)

You’ll see three options on the left side of the screen once you’ve located your device. Which option you choose will be influenced by whether you believe the device is in a secure location. You can take the following steps to get started:
Allow five minutes for the device to emit a sound (often the ringtone) to assist you in locating it.
In the meantime, the phone will display a notification indicating it has been discovered.