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Lost Your Android Phone? Google its Location to find it
May 4, 2015

Have you ever experienced the stress that comes with a lost /stolen phone and wondered if there was a simple yet effective way to track your smartphone? Google now has a solution for you, and it is as simple as it gets. If you wish to pinpoint the exact location of your Android phone, all you need to do is visit Google and type “find my phone”. The Android Device Manager will then show you the exact location of your device and a host of other useful features as well.

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In the search results page that opens up, you will see the exact location of your connected device(s) on a map. This feature is sure to be of immense use to anyone who owns an Android smartphone and it can also be used to track family members at any point of time during the day.

As of now, this tool is only available in English but its functionality is expected to reach out to other native languages in the near future as well. In addition to showing the location of the device on a map, the feature also allows you to ring the device. This allows you to locate your Android if it is in your room and you just can’t seem to find it. Another benefit of this feature is that your device GPS does not need to be switched on in order to make this feature work. However, the device does need an active data plan or Wi-Fi connection for this.

Android users can also setup a Lock and Erase functionality via the Android Device Manager interface. With the help of these functions, the device can be erased of all confidential data and can be locked remotely as well. Subsequently, the device can only be unlocked with the help of a preset password. Indeed, this is a great feature for parental control measures as well as parents of young children can now easily see the location of their kids with a simple Google search.

Locate your device with the aid of Quick Heal

Needless to say, it is never enough to rely on such features of one service alone. It is always advisable to use multiple services for the same function, especially when the device in concern is your smartphone. Possibly, there is a lot of sensitive within your smartphone that you just don’t want falling in the wrong hands. For this purpose, you can also use Mobile Security or Total Security for Android to locate your lost device. This and other anti-theft features can easily be accessed via the Remote Device Management (RDM) account that can be setup within seconds. With all these security protocols in place, locating a lost or stolen device is now easier than ever.

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Rahul Thadani
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  1. Ananda mohan dasMay 4, 2015 at 5:39 PM

    ok

    Reply
  2. Rajesh RaiMay 4, 2015 at 6:26 PM

    We have to login to our gmail account?

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  3. Its a great! Please publish how to use! step by step with more details.

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    • Hi Dev,

      Thanks for the feedback. We’ll soon be sharing a detailed step by step guide on how to use this feature. However, all you need to do is go to Google, sign in and type “find my phone” in the search box.

      Regards.

      Reply
  4. Good and very useful service and also easy to find gadget back

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  5. dev singh patelMay 4, 2015 at 7:01 PM

    Phone tracking

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  6. kalge sanjayMay 4, 2015 at 7:25 PM

    find it

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  7. Nilesh Wamanrao DhakadMay 4, 2015 at 8:02 PM

    plz safe my phon

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  8. thos is of no use in stolen cases as the thief obviously switch off the phon first

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  9. R.K SAHAMay 4, 2015 at 8:30 PM

    Very helpful application.

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  10. Nice information. Thank you sir .

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  11. Srinivas KMay 4, 2015 at 10:14 PM

    Hi Friends, I Have lost my mobile today at Pune, Maharastra . i am confused how to identify my phone. My Phone SOny Xperia Z.Pls suggest how to track and find back.

    Reply
    • Hi Srinivas,

      You can try using this Google feature. Else, if you had some anti-theft feature set up then you can use that to track your phone. If not, then it will be very hard to figure out the location of your device. We hope you are able to retrieve your phone successfully as soon as possible.

      Regards.

      Reply
  12. Omkar MahimkarMay 4, 2015 at 10:42 PM

    This is wrong. This entire thing doesn’t work if the gps of the phone you want to find is turned off. Please don’t misguide.

    Reply
    • Hi Omkar,

      This feature has been tested by us and it needs an active web connection. The GPS does not need to be switched on. We apologize if you feel misguided.

      Regards.

      Reply
  13. pravin waghmareMay 5, 2015 at 3:55 AM

    Hi plz search all location

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  14. SudarsanMay 5, 2015 at 5:47 AM

    Sir,
    Does Quickheal offer this service automatically when I install Total Security, or do I have to register separately?
    – Sudarsan.

    Reply
    • Hi Sudarsan,

      This service can be accessed in the settings of your app. You will need to activate it from there, but the feature is available for your use once you set it up.

      Regards.

      Reply
  15. i’m unable to find my phone it’s showing unable to find location and last online time when i was on my gps

    how it’s work without on gps

    Reply
  16. Satish NaroniMay 5, 2015 at 9:10 AM

    Is there any cost involved. and how do I download this app. on my phone.

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    • Hi Satish,

      No there is no cost involved. And you do not need to download any app for this. You just need to sign in to your Google account to make this work.

      Regards.

      Reply
  17. Praween Kumar VermaMay 5, 2015 at 9:48 AM

    Though these features are helpul but I tried it with net connection OFF and it did not work. Moreover we dont know if it will work when the SIM is changed which is what the thief will do immidiately after staling the phone.We definetly don’t expect the thief to keep the Net on.

    Reply
    • Hi Praween,

      There is still no technology that can track phones when the Internet is turned off or when the SIM card is changed. However, this is a useful feature that can come in handy under certain situations only. It does have its limitations.

      Regards.

      Reply
  18. you give that lost of phone and we have find from google crome it doing work yes or no !!

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  19. Hi,
    This is very useful info. given by you.
    Can you please tell how I can locate when on my account two device shown,out of which 1 device i want to locate which was lost.

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    • Hi Tushar,

      When the search result comes up, you will see a drop-down arrow in the top right corner. Clicking on that will show your various registered devices.

      Regards.

      Reply
  20. Very useful info tysm buddy .. !

    Reply
  21. Santu SarkarMay 5, 2015 at 2:13 PM

    Simply Fake.

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  22. My phone has been lost on 04/05/2015 Meerut (Uttar Pradesh)

    Mobile – Gionee M2 Dual Sim

    IMEI No.-865346020960275
    & 865346022960273

    Sim used- Idea No.-08266067010
    MTNL Delhi-09968272610.

    Please find it.

    Regards,

    Arun Yadav
    Mob- 09212070160

    Reply
    • Hi Arun,

      Unfortunately, we cannot track lost mobile phones in this manner. You will need to approach your local police station or your network service provider for this purpose.

      Regards.

      Reply
  23. Mazhar N RangoonwalaMay 5, 2015 at 3:53 PM

    A fantastic tool gives relief to nerves to the person who lost smart android phone

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  24. DharamsiMay 5, 2015 at 4:34 PM

    ALL ssid and done – FINE..

    normally thief or person who finds it, will not activate the phone, will make it “DEAD” by removing battery and sim card.
    secondly, it will be sent in quarantine by the gang, to keep it off.
    Third, to login in to your google account, with your mobile android google id, you need same device, as in this pc the id and password is not stored, where as google account recognises your account and device too.
    EVEN IF IT IS ACTIVE AND YOU CAN LOCATE WHERE YOUR PHONE IS, EVEN POLICE CANT HELP, WITH THEIR HELP LINE NO.. POLICE HAVE ENOUGH WORK WITH MANY BIGGER CRIMES AND PETTY CRIMES, THEY JUST TAKE FIR AND ISSUE SOME CERTIFICATE .. OVER..

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  25. Ravi BhushanMay 5, 2015 at 4:51 PM

    Such a precious information many many thanks for that.

    Reply
  26. ANIL KUMARMay 5, 2015 at 4:54 PM

    I have lost my mobaile on 30th appril 2015 at dhanbad railway station in jharkhand. so plese you help me how to identify my android mobaile LG D335.

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    • Hi Anil,

      Unfortunately, we cannot help you out with this. You will need to approach your local police station or network service provider for this.

      Regards.

      Reply
  27. ParikshitMay 5, 2015 at 6:52 PM

    This is really useful information! Thanks for sharing.

    Regards,

    Parikshit

    Reply
  28. karishma ganjooMay 5, 2015 at 7:15 PM

    sir , can u please tell me …can we only find the location of our phone only? or can it be used to find the location of other phones of our family .

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    • Hi Karishma,

      This service can be used to find other Android devices as well. However, those devices must be linked to the same Google account as yours through the Android Device Manager.

      Regards.

      Reply
  29. Hi Rahul, similarly will it works for i phone also

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  30. S.Baba FakruddinMay 5, 2015 at 11:32 PM

    find my android

    Reply
  31. S.Baba FakruddinMay 5, 2015 at 11:34 PM

    Thank U

    Reply
  32. pls can someone find is laptop too

    Reply
  33. Prabhakar TyagiMay 6, 2015 at 7:54 AM

    Great technique….

    Reply
  34. PrathameshMay 6, 2015 at 10:16 AM

    dude wat if the phone is swithed off???? it doesnt work den.

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    • Hi Prathamesh,

      There is still no technology that can track phones when the Internet is turned off or when the SIM card is changed or when the phone is turned off. However, this is a useful feature that can come in handy under certain situations only. It does have its limitations.

      Regards.

      Reply
  35. its not find my mobile location

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    • Hi Manohar,

      Can you check if you have signed in to your Google account when you carry out this search and also ensure that your Google account is linked with your Android smartphone.

      Regards.

      Reply
  36. good job

    Reply
  37. this app should be installed in my smartphone ?

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    • Hi Ajay,

      You do not need to install a standalone app for this purpose. Every Android phone is linked with a Google account so that is enough for this feature.

      Regards.

      Reply
  38. and if being lost the smartphone, can search on my pc ?

    Reply
  39. Arkesh PatelMay 6, 2015 at 9:42 PM

    Nice developing antivirus by quick heal good job and keep it app

    Reply
  40. Hi Rahul,

    This feature is very good. But I am concerned about the privacy and security of oneself. With this anyone can track us or keep a watch on us.
    Is there any feature which will allow me to be invisible to others.?

    Kindly suggest.

    Reply
    • Hi Amar,

      If someone gets access to your Google account, then they can see your location through this feature. This information has always been collected by Google anyway, it is only now that they are allowing users to make use of this feature. To ensure your privacy remains uncompromised, keep your password safe and use a strong password that is very difficult to crack.

      Regards.

      Reply
  41. hi,

    if i want to one of my family member location, tell me procedure.

    As you said “find my phone” on google, its showing my phn location, how to find out others location.plz tell me

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    • Hi Sanjay,

      What you will need to do is first affiliate your Google account on that particular Android phone. Then you can use this feature to locate that phone specifically.

      Regards.

      Reply
  42. ASHOK CHAWLAMay 8, 2015 at 12:20 AM

    XOLO Q3000 IS NOT ADDED IN QUICK HEAL TOTAL SECURITY FOR SCAN REQUEST SENT BUT NOT ADDED .
    AND I AM NOT ABLE TO UNDERSTAND HOWTO LINK DEVICEWITH GOOGLEACCOUNT WHERE THE OPTION IS TO ADD DEVICE IN GMAIL A/C

    Reply
  43. Sir please tell me If person who found stolen mobile,

    after found if He Uninstall Quick Heal Antivirus and restore Factory

    setting ,

    Then after Google or Quick heal can search that mobile or mobile Location

    Reply
    • Hi Babru,

      After the factory settings have been restored, unfortunately these features will not function. There is no technology in place yet that allows devices to be tracked beyond this point, so there isn’t much that can be done beyond a certain point. Apologies for the inconvenience.

      Regards.

      Reply
  44. Ravi bhushanMay 8, 2015 at 1:13 PM

    Thanks.

    Reply
  45. pawan guptaMay 8, 2015 at 3:08 PM

    somebody has stolen my phone so can i find my phone.

    Reply
  46. Ansar SyedMay 9, 2015 at 11:33 PM

    Quickheal not supporting some funcation

    Reply
  47. ankit vermaMay 10, 2015 at 12:11 PM

    please help me to find mah laptop

    Reply
  48. how i use it

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    • Hi Varun,

      You simply need to log in to your Google account on your PC and then type “find my phone” in the Google search box for this. Of course, you need to have an active Android phone that is linked to your Google account for this to function.

      Regards.

      Reply
  49. moinulhaqqMay 12, 2015 at 10:37 AM

    But this service works only when your phone is connected to internet. Right?

    Reply
  50. nilu sinhaMay 13, 2015 at 9:31 AM

    can u find my phone

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    • Hi Nilu,

      Have you tried this method to locate your phone? Also, do you have the Quick Heal app installed on it with the anti-theft features enabled? If so, then it probably can be found. If not, then it would be extremely difficult to locate your device.

      Regards.

      Reply
  51. Shaikh ShahidMay 21, 2015 at 12:39 PM

    System Fully Worked bt location not show perfect..

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  52. I have quick heal anti virus in my yu yuphoria. How can I track my phone if it get stolen. Is it necessary to switch on GPS system always? If yes thaen which mode ie either high accuracy or battery saving or device only mode.

    Reply
    • Hi Lakshay,

      You can use the Google search feature here that is mentioned in this blog post. For this feature to work, the GPS need not be on. But the phone does need an active Internet connection. This will eat up more battery for sure, but it is a safety measure that can be very useful in case of loss.

      Regards.

      Reply
  53. sir i have lost my phone..but i also fogot my gmail password..plz tell me the another way how i find my phone

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    • Hi Gurmeet,

      First of all, we would recommend you to block the SIM on your device. Secondly, if you have Quick Heal on your device then follow the below steps:

      To block the phone, send the following message to the lost device:
      >> BLOCK antitheft-password (For example – BLOCK XXXXXXXXXX)

      To erase your phone’s data, send the below message:

      >> WIPE antitheft-password (For example – WIPE XXXXXXXXXX)

      Also, you can reset your Google Password by following the steps described here – https://accounts.google.com/recoveraccount

      Regards,

      Regards,

      Reply
  54. sir i have lost my phone.i am trying to erase or find my phone by android device manager…like u said..but sir it show that No active devices
    Before you can use Android Device Manager, you must have an active Android device…sir plz help me about this problem

    Reply
    • Hi Mandeep,

      First of all, we would recommend you to block the SIM on your device. Secondly, if you have Quick Heal on your device then follow the below steps:

      To block the phone, send the following message to the lost device:
      >> BLOCK antitheft-password (For example – BLOCK XXXXXXXXXX)

      To erase your phone’s data, send the below message:

      >> WIPE antitheft-password (For example – WIPE XXXXXXXXXX)

      The problem with Android Device Manager not showing any devices is a common issue. Please click the below link for more information on this:
      http://android.stackexchange.com/questions/51753/phone-not-appearing-in-android-device-manager

      Regards,

      Reply
  55. hi
    i lost my s5 in nashik market .neither gps nor mobile data was on during the period of theft is there any thing i could do to find my phone now

    Reply
    • Hi Lekhit,

      We are very sorry to know this. Unfortunately, without these two features on, it will be very hard to track your phone. Try the Google Find my Phone feature as mentioned in this post. If you also had some anti-theft features set up, it may help. Apart from that, it may be tough to track the phone down. May we suggest you get an insurance policy with an expensive phone the next time, just as a precaution. All the best for your search.

      Best regards.

      Reply
  56. Hey rakish I have a problem I lost my note 4 in doha,qatar airport and it’s switched off and I don’t know the gmail,imei number and Samsung account plz replay

    Reply
  57. Suresh khatikNovember 30, 2015 at 9:39 PM

    Thank you

    Reply
  58. sunil girhareJuly 8, 2016 at 10:56 AM

    My mobile lost in west Bengal.
    Quick heal mobile security installed in that mobile. I am giving IMEI no please TRACK and block that mobile. Sim1 860200034740196
    Sim 2 860200034815949

    Reply
  59. Aditya NirgulkarDecember 11, 2016 at 2:31 PM

    I have lost my phone LeTV le2 in kazan and i am from India and my every contact and all are in the phone my gmail accont is on in the phone but the one who got the phone has turned it switched off and i am not able to track it through Android device manager so can you please help me find my cellphone please it is very much important for me i am not able to contact my home please help me.

    Reply