Finding a lost Android phone
Google's Android Device Manager works more or less the same way
as Apple's Find My iPhone. Instead of having the service pre-installed,
however, you will need to download the app from the Play Store and set it up in
order to use it. Here's how:
The process for installing, setting up Android Device Manager.
Search the Play Store for
"Android Device Manager," or click this link.
Install the app, and then sign in
with your Google account.
Be sure to leave the checkbox
"Never Ask Me Again" unchecked. If you leave that box checked, anyone
with access to your device would have the ability to disable the feature or
track your other devices.
If you ever lose your device, you can
then use another Android device to track your phone using the app, or visit
Google's Android Device Manager website.
You'll need to log into the site using the same Google account you used to sign
into the app on your phone.
Using the app, you can play a sound on the device, lock it, or
completely erase it. As with the iPhone, if the device is powered off you will
be unable to track it until it's turned back on and connected to a network.
Finding other types of cell phones
Android and iOS make up the bulk of
cell phones currently used today, but not all. Windows
Phone users can follow the
instructions laid out by Microsoft .
BlackBerry 10 users can also track a
lost device using BlackBerry Protect.
If you have a sort of phone we didn't describe here, visit the
manufacturer's Web site or contact them to see if they have a method for tracking
a lost device.