If you have recently purchased an Android device then make sure you install anti-theft app on it. Such apps allow users to find their lost or stolen devices remotely with the help of GPS feature of the device. But of course you have to install and enable such app or feature so you can track it down when needed. It’s a prevention technique rather than a solution so do it beforehand.
How these apps find lost or stolen Android devices?
First of all, these apps not only allow users to track their lost or stolen devices but they also come with some additional features like remote wipe, remote lock and ringer features. These anti-theft apps and services use the built-in GPS feature of Android devices and pinpoint the exact geographical location of lost or stolen device on the map. Mainly there are two ways to install and use such apps and features; you can either get a 3rd party monitoring or spy app or you can use the native feature on Android devices called Android Device Manager.
Both of these methods have some advantages and disadvantages; Android Device Manager is a native app and feature on Android devices that gives it a huge advantage but some 3rd party monitoring apps and services come with additional advanced features that can do a lot of things. Let’s talk about both.
How to enable and use Android Device Manager?
Depending on your device manufacturer, the Android Device Manager feature could be enabled or disabled by default. However you can change the default settings and behavior from settings >> Google Settings >> Android Device Manager; Again, this path may be slightly different depending on your device model and Android version. After activating Android Device Manager from the path given above, you can configure it from the online portal Google provides. If you are enabling this feature for the first time then Google will ask for permission and confirm.
Click on the Accept button and you are now ready to configure Android Device Manager. There are four main features in the dashboard; location, ring, lock and erase device. Location tells the exact location of the device, ring feature makes the device ring, lock feature remotely locks the device and erase device features wipes out data from the device.
How to install and use tracking and monitoring app on Android devices?
There are many of 3rd party monitoring and tracking apps available for Android devices and you can choose one according to your needs and preference. These monitoring apps come with many basic and advanced features that you might need to track down a stolen or lost device. Some of the most popular features of such apps are call monitoring, IM and email monitoring, message monitoring, GPS tracking and social media monitoring. The GPS tracking feature allows users to pinpoint the exact geographical location of the device at any given moment.
Other than that, it also records the routes so you can track down a lost or stolen device. This is pretty straightforward feature that works every time but of course your device needs active GPS feature and what if the thief turns off GPS immediately? That’s where other advanced features come in action. As some of the premium Android devices are quite expensive, users with lost or stolen devices are willing to go to extra mile to get their $800 device back.
With the help of call monitoring feature, device owner can see the entire call log of the device that makes it easier for law enforcement to track down the thief and device. Same goes for other features like message monitoring and social media tracking. These apps work in stealth mode that means the thief cannot see it coming.