Most people who are tech-savvy must surely have thought about Googling something in real life at some point in time. It might sound ridiculous, but when your car keys go missing, or when you can’t find that elusive garden hose, you might wish for simply going the CTRL+F route. In recent past, we have seen several devices and gadgets allowing users to activate their keys, doors, windows, or electronic equipment remotely. The idea never grows old and always retains a hint of novelty, in addition to being actually useful. Since smartphones are the primary target of many thieves these days, it always pays if you are able to track lost Android devices. Android Device Manager offers a very convenient way of phone tracking, but Google has just made things even more simpler than they already were.
Google has been unusually active for the past two days, with the Google Handwriting app and a significant Chrome update being released. As you might already be aware, Device Manager functions based on your Google account. So, for Google’s new trick to work you will need to ensure that you are logged into the same account on your web browser and the device you are trying to find.
So, how can you just use Google and nothing else to track lost Android phones? It’s pretty simple really, since all Google has done is take the Device Manager web UI out of the picture. You can now directly control major aspects of your phone remotely from within Google. Simply ask Google “where is my phone?” or any variation of that question, and the search engine will move heaven and earth to track lost Android devices. Well, actually it simply accesses your phone’s GPS, but that’s still quite impressive!
Once your phone has been tracked by Google (given that you didn’t turn Device Manager off on it), you can wipe the device clean, lock it, or simply make it ring until you have found it in your vicinity. Google does take some time before it can home in on lost Android phones, but the delay isn’t significantly higher than using the Device Manager web interface.
So, even if your device isn’t lost right now, head to Google and try giving this awesome new feature a shot.