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Google Launches Android Device Manager for Tracking Lost Phones

by Jacob Kleinman | August 7, 2013August 7, 2013 4:00 pm PDT

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iPhone owners aren’t the only ones at risk from smartphone theft. Android-powered devices are more popular than ever and often just as expensive as their Apple-designed counterparts. Well, Google finally has a solution with Android Device Manager, a new service for locating lost of stolen smartphones.

After announcing the service last week, Google officially launched Android Device Manager today. Just head over to the app’s webpage to sync your devices to the phone-tracking service. The new app has a number of useful features that will help you get your smartphone back whether it’s been stolen or just lost between the couch cushions.

If you lose your phone the first thing you’ll want to do is log in and check on its location. If the device is still nearby you can make it ring at full volume for five minutes. If your smartphone has been stolen you can also wipe the device of all personal data and even change its PIN code.

Android Device Manager is available for all smartphones and tablets running Android 2.2 or higher.


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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...


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