To be prepared in case you lose your phone or tablet or Wear OS watch, check if Find My Device can find it. If you’ve already lost your device, learn how to find, lock, or erase it.
Google collects certain information about your Android device when Find My Device is turned on. We do not track or store passwords, credit and debit card numbers, bank account information or anything that can be used to identify you. We only collect the things mentioned above in case your lost device is ever found by someone else. The data we collect is encrypted in transit, so even if someone could somehow intercept it, they wouldn’t be able to read it.
So you don’t have to worry about someone “setting” all of your private information because if they could hack into Google and gain access to that data, they’ll have all the information stored on your Android device, including any credit card numbers. have saved leading up to downloading the Smart Lock feature to your PayPal account! Remove all devices under Settings > Security > Backup Assistant & Device Manager.
Google uses something called Google Play Services to help you find your Android device when it gets lost. For example, with Find My Device, Google uses information such as an approximate and precise location and unique characteristics of your phone to help you find it. Google also collects personally identifiable information to make it easier for you to find your phone, such as the one you use to sign in to Gmail, which we associate with your account on Android devices.
Google collects certain sensitive information to help keep your Android device more secure and easier to recover in the event of loss or theft. It is important to note that not every Android device supports all of these features, as each manufacturer can choose not to make certain services available on their devices. Keep in mind that any data you want to sync between your Android phone or tablet and your Google account is also encrypted. Some data stored locally on the device may not be able to sync securely with a Google account, for example if the option is not supported by the manufacturer.
To make sure you don’t have to worry about losing your phone/tablet or watch, make sure Find My Device is turned on to locate it. The best way to do this is to go through the following steps:
To find, lock, or erase an Android phone, that phone must:
- be turned on
- Being signed in to a Google account
- Be connected to mobile data or Wi-Fi
- Be visible on Google Play
- Have location enabled
- Have Find my device turned on
As a last resort to locate stolen or misplaced devices, we’ve found it helpful to place GPS trackers in the device. This is used because our messages and memos can somehow fall into unwanted hands. We also teach our customers that they can find their way home by identifying where they live and traveling to work with Google Maps, which is also quite easy these days. With so much technology available today, one can never be too careful in protecting our conversations, especially those related to business.
Step 1: Make sure Find My Device is turned on
Open your device’s Settings app.
Tap Security and then Find My Device. If you don’t see “Security,” tap Security & Location or Google, then tap Security.
Make sure Find My Device is turned on.
Tip: If you have a tablet that people share, only the owner of the tablet can change these settings.
Step 2: Make sure Location is turned on
Open your device’s Settings app.
Tap Location. If you don’t see Location, go to your phone manufacturer’s support site for help.
Turn on Location.
Step 3: Make sure Google Play visibility is turned on
Important: If you hide a device on Google Play, it won’t appear in Find My Device.
Under ‘Visibility’, choose the device.
Step 4: Enable 2-Step Verification Backups
Important: If you’re using 2-Step Verification for your account, you’ll need a backup phone number or backup code.
Go to your Google account.
In the “Sign in to Google” panel, tap 2-Step Verification.
Add at least 1 extra second step, either:
Backups allow you to regain access to your account if you forget your password, lose your phone, or are unable to log in for any other reason. Learn more about setting up two-step verification and backups.
Step 5: Check if you can find your device
Sign in to your Google account. If this device has more than one user profile, sign in with a Google account in the main profile. Learn more about user profiles.
If you have more than one device, click this device at the top of the screen.
Install the app
Install the Find My Device app to be prepared to use one Android phone or tablet to find another.