Smartphones allow us to keep track of our families and find our lost phones. While iPhone users have to Find My iPhone, Android users can various apps and services to locate their phones. We’ll show you all the ways to track an Android phone.
Android is a Google operating system, so you can use the Google Account Manager on any Android device. Others, like Samsung, have their own Android tracking capabilities using the manufacturer’s Cloud services. Alternatively, you can install third-party apps to track an Android. Follow the steps below to learn how to use all of them.
How to Track an Android Phone Using Android Device Manager
This tracking method is really more of an option for everyone. No matter your device’s manufacturer, you can track your Android using the Android Device Manager. If your lost phone is powered on, signed into your Google account, and the location permissions are enabled, you can easily track your lost Android.
Helpful hint: As you follow these steps, check the options to save your login information to the browser. That way, if you ever lose your Android phone again, you can easily pull up the tracking service.
Step 1: Go to the Android Device Manager Website
First, open a web browser and go to the Android Device Manager website. Then, sign into your Google account.
Helpful hint: Most of us have more than one Google account on our phones. If you can’t get into one, try another.
Step 2: Click Your Phone
You’ll see a list of any Android devices connected to your Google account in the left-hand menu. Click your Android phone to track it.
Step 3: Track your Android Phone
Finally, you can track your Android phone on the map.
Helpful hint: You can play a sound to find your phone if it’s nearby. You can also lock it or erase it to protect your private information. However, Google does have an activation lock to prevent stolen devices from being used in the future. So, don’t delete the device if it’s stolen.
How to Track an Android Phone Through the Manufacturer
While LG, Motorola, and Google phones use the methods above to help users locate their Android devices. But Samsung users (and possibly others, too), have a secondary option using the manufacturer’s Cloud services.
We’ll show you how to use a Samsung account to track your Android phone. But you can check with your manufacturer for specific instructions if this method is available to you.
Here’s how to track your Android phone with Samsung Cloud:
Step 1: Go to Samsung Find My Mobile
First, open a web browser and visit the Samsung Find My Mobile website. Then, sign into your Samsung account.
Step 2: Click on Your Android Phone
Similar to the method above, click on your Android phone in the left menu to track it.
Step 3: Track Your Phone
Finally, you can see the phone on the map.
Hopefully, it’s nearby, and you can easily reunite with your phone. If not, you can lock it, erase it, unlock it, play a sound, back it up, or extend the battery life.
How to Track an Android with Third-Party Apps
Lastly, for those of you who still have your Android phone and want an easy way to track it, you can install third-party applications to help. Third-party applications are developed by companies other than Google and often offer more functionality than native services.
This section is great for those who want to track family members. Everyone can install the third-party app on their phones and track each other. As mentioned previously, we’re using Life360 because it’s safe and secure (it’s also free to use). But if you find another one in the Google Play Store, feel free to install it.
Here’s how to track an Android phone with a third-party app:
Step 1: Install the Life360 App
Navigate to the Google Play Store and install the Life360 App. Do this for each device you want to track (including iOS devices).
Step 2: Select the Android Phone
Now, log into your account so you can see everyone’s devices, and you can track yours. Then, tap on the Android phone you want to track.
Note: You may need to create an account and invite family members. Input your phone number and create an invite link.
Step 3: Track the Android Phone
Finally, tap the user you want to track. Then, view the Android phone on the map.
How to Set Up Android Tracking on Your Phone
Unfortunately, if you have lost your phone and haven’t enabled the tracking feature, you may be unable to track it. However, it’s still possible one of the features below is already set up on your Android phone. If you’re here because your phone is lost, try one of those methods to track it.
Keep reading to learn how to track an Android phone. We’ll walk you through setup options.
Tracking an Android Phone Using Android Manager
Everything about your Android phone is compatible with Google services. Google’s native tracking service is the Android Device Manager. You can set this up in your Android settings and track it with a computer or another device.
You can set this up on your phone by tapping Settings>Security and privacy>Find My Mobile. Or, you can download the Google Find My Device app. Then, ensure you’re logged into a Gmail account that you can access on another device.
Note: If you have trouble finding the option to enable tracking following the path above, check with your device’s manufacturer for exact instructions.
Tracking an Android Phone Using Cloud Services
Some manufacturers offer device tracking using their proprietary Cloud services. Notably, with Samsung, you can create a Samsung account and track that. It’s highly likely you enabled this feature when you set up the phone, but if you haven’t, it’s easy to do.
Open the Settings on your Samsung phone and tap Accounts. Then, type Samsung Account in the search bar at the top. Create a Samsung account (or take note of the one you already have). Tap Find My Mobile, and ensure it’s activated.
Tracking an Android Phone Using Third-Party Apps
Finally, you can install third-party apps to track your Android phone. We’re using Life360 because we trust it, it’s user-friendly, and you can track your Android from an iOS or Android device.
You can choose any third-party app you like, but do keep in mind, you’re letting this app access a lot of information on your smartphone. Read the reviews and research the developer to ensure you aren’t compromising your safety or security.
Android Lost & Found
At one time, it was incredibly challenging to track an Android device. Before cloud services and third-party apps, tracking an Android phone was nearly impossible. Fortunately, it’s much easier now. Follow the steps above to find your lost Android device.