Mobile Technology

Lost your Android phone? Just type "find my phone" into Google

Lost your Android phone? Just ...
Android users can now search for "find my phone" in Google Search via a desktop browser to locate a misplaced device
Android users can now search for "find my phone" in Google Search via a desktop browser to locate a misplaced device
View 2 Images
Android users can now search for "find my phone" in Google Search via a desktop browser to locate a misplaced device
1/2
Android users can now search for "find my phone" in Google Search via a desktop browser to locate a misplaced device
A map indicating that Google is contacting the user's phone is displayed in the search results, before the eventual location is displayed
2/2
A map indicating that Google is contacting the user's phone is displayed in the search results, before the eventual location is displayed

Losing your phone can happen easily. Unfortunately, finding it again can often be not so easy. Google has just made the search process a little easier for Android users, however. Now they need only type "find my phone" into Google Search using a desktop browser.

In order for the functionality to work, users must be logged into the same Google account on the browser as they are on their phone. They must also have the latest version of the Google app installed on their device. Assuming all that is the case, a "Find your phone" map will appear at the top of the Google Search results.

Once Google has successfully pinpointed the phone in question (as long as it's powered on, this should work), it displays the location of the device on a map and offers to ring it. Ringing it, of course, helps in those occasions that your phone has slipped behind a couch cushion or whatnot, while displaying it on map is useful if you've left it somewhere like a coffee shop or bar.

A map indicating that Google is contacting the user's phone is displayed in the search results, before the eventual location is displayed
A map indicating that Google is contacting the user's phone is displayed in the search results, before the eventual location is displayed

Previously, it was necessary to install the Android Device Manager app to locate a lost Android phone (assuming you hadn't turned the service off, as it's on by default). Plenty of users simply won't have been aware of those possibilities – and this new approach, which is simply a web-based version of Android Device Manager, makes it easy for anyone to locate a lost device.

Source: Google

4 comments
ChairmanLMAO
How to make people log into google?
I haven't found a good reason to log into google and stay logged in.
But they have found several good reasons to trap us into it.
They might as well reveal their true name too.
Gov. Oogle
Jason Pase
I have a NEXUS 5 which is always logged into Google.
I just tested the "Find my phone" service and the Ring your phone function works even if you don't have your ringer on which is ideal !
Thanks Google.
Hedhili Bensalah
find my phone
Hedhili Bensalah
find my phone ihave lost my phone 25 days . now i have the same it is a telephone thomson TLINK 405 . thank you .