Android device manager if you lose your Android smartphone or tablet

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Android device manager. If you lose your Android phone or tablet, you can use this service to lock it, make it ring or reset it.

If you lose your Android phone or tablet, you can use Android Device Manager to:

  • Find your device. Find out how to find out where your phone is.
  • Ring, lock or reset the device. Learn how to remotely ring, lock or reset your device or add a phone number to your lost device.



Configure Android Device Manager

After logging in with a Google account, Android Device Manager is turned on by default. You can still choose to turn it off.

Check if android device manager is active:

  1. Open the Settings app device.
  2. Toccata Google in the "Personal" section.
  3. Toccata Safety in the "Services" section.
  4. In the "Android Device Manager" section, tap Locate this device remotely e Allow remote blocking and wipe to enable or disable these options.

If you share a tablet with multiple users, only the tablet owner can manage this setting.

Location access must be active

To use Android Device Manager, location access must be turned on.

If you have deactivated it and intend to reactivate it, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Settings app device.
  2. In the "Personal" section, tap Location.
  3. Tap the option On / Off up.

Check if android device manager locates your device

Once the function is activated, make sure it works correctly.

  1. Go to android.com/devicemanager.
  2. Log into your Google account.
  3. Check if your device appears.

Can't find your device? Make sure you are signed in to your Google account and activated your location settings, as well as Android Device Manager in Google settings.



Device discovery with Android Device Manager

To be able to use the Android Device Manager to locate the device, You need to verify that device location access is turned on and that you are signed in to your Google account. Android Device Manager does not work with devices that are turned off and with devices that do not have a Wi-Fi connection or a mobile data connection.

Geolocation of a lost device with Android Device Manager

From the android device management website:

  1. Log into your Google account at android.com/devicemanager.
  2. If you have multiple devices, click the arrow next to the device name to select another device.
  3. The approximate location of the selected device is displayed in the Android Device Manager.

Through the application

If you have another mobile device, you can use the Android Device Manager app to locate the lost device. The app must be installed on the device you intend to use.

  1. Open the Android Device Manager app on the device you have available.
  2. Log into your Google account.
  3. Change the displayed device:
    • On the phone. Swipe along the bottom of the screen to view your devices.
    • Sul tablets. Tap the arrow next to the device to select a different one.
  4. The approximate location of the selected device is displayed in the Android Device Manager.

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Android Wear users can also use the watch to find the device if it is connected with Bluetooth.


How to remotely ring, lock, or reset a lost device

How to remotely ring, lock, or reset a lost device.

Before resetting the device. Remember that resetting the device remotely involves a factory data reset, which removes all data from the device. All data stored in your Google account will be restored, while all apps and their data will be uninstalled.


  1. Sign in to your Google account at android.com/devicemanager. If you are helping a friend who has lost their device, it is advisable to open an incognito tab in Chrome and ask the friend to access the Google account they use on their mobile device.
  2. Click the arrow next to the lost device name to select it. Android Device Manager will then show the location of the device.
  3. Choose from the options below. First of all, you may need to activate Lock and reset.
    • Make it ring. Allows the device to ring at full volume for five minutes, even if it is in silent or vibrate mode.
    • Block. Allows you to lock your device with a password, if you haven't already set one.
    • Resetta. Permanently delete all data. Android Device Manager may not be able to erase the contents of a device SD card. After resetting the device, Android Device Manager will no longer work.
  4. When finished, your friend can exit by tapping Logout at the top of the screen. If it does not log out, it will automatically log out after five minutes of inactivity on the website.

If you own another mobile device or use a friend's device, you can use the Android Device Manager app to remotely ring, lock, or reset the lost device. Prerequisite: The Android Device Manager app must be installed on the device you intend to use.


Before resetting the device. Remember that resetting the device remotely involves a factory data reset, which removes all data from the device. All data stored in your Google account will be restored, while all apps and their data will be uninstalled.

  1. Open the Android Device Manager app on the device.
  2. Log into your Google account or, if you're helping a friend, tap Device management at the top of the screen and tap not ready yet to allow your friend to access the Google account they use on their mobile device.
  3. Click the arrow next to the lost device name to select it. Android Device Manager will then show the location of the device.
  4. Choose from the options below. First of all, you may need to activate Lock and reset.
    • Make it ring. Allows the device to ring at full volume for five minutes, even if it is in silent or vibrate mode.
    • Block. Allows you to lock your device with a password, if you haven't already set one.
    • Resetta. Permanently delete all data on the device. Android Device Manager may not be able to erase the contents of a device SD card. After resetting the device, Android Device Manager will no longer work.
  5. When finished, your friend can exit by tapping Logout at the top of the screen. If it does not log out, it will automatically log out after five minutes of inactivity.

Adding a phone number to the lost device lock screen

If you've lost a device, you can use Android Device Manager to allow anyone who finds it to call you on a number other than the lock screen.


  1. Sign in to your Google account at android.com/devicemanager.
  2. If you have multiple devices, click the arrow next to the device name to select the lost device.
  3. Select Block.
  4. In the "Phone number (optional)" field, type a phone number at which you can be reached.
  5. Select Block. A button will be shown on the phone lock screen to call the entered number. Anyone who finds your phone will be able to dial the number from the device.

To remove the phone number, follow the previous procedure and delete the number from the phone number field.

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