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How to Track a Stolen Phone? These Tips Will Effectively Work

author_icon Cody Walsh time_icon Last updated Jul 02, 2019 04:37 pm tips_icon Track

If you have lost your Android device or just realized now what had happened; don't panic, taking immediate actions can greatly increase the possibility to find and recover the stolen phone. Like having your family and friends to make a call on the phone, and see if it's right near you. Or you can immediately use Google's Find My Device app or go to a location tracking website to check the current location of the stolen device before it gets turned off by others

However, if you missed these chances, then we are afraid it's hard to track a stolen phone. It all depends on how effectively you act. So, here's how to track a stolen phone and also prepare your device to make it easily trackable in case of an untoward incident.

Best Bet to Find Stolen Phone - Google Find My Device

How do I find my stolen phone?

Well, if you are using an Android device, then Google's Find My Device is your best bet. It is a universal service for Android devices, provided by Google for free.

But there are a few criteria that need to be met, only then you will be able to find stolen phone via Find My Device. So make sure you check the location quickly, because if the thief turns off the device, or ejects the SIM card, or turns off location services, then this method will not work as the requirements to use Find My Device will not be met anymore.

google find my device requirements

Here is how to check the current location of the stolen phone:

Step 1: Visit android.com/find or open the Find My Device app and log in using your Google account.

Step 2: On the map, you will get info regarding the location of the lost device. You will see the location and you can just go to that location to find the lost phone.

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Step 3: You can also use "Ring, Enable Lock & Erase" features. This will increase the possibility to find stolen phone.

  • Play Sound: If you have lost the device inside your house and it is nearby, then you can make the device ring for 5 minutes at its full volume.

  • Secure Device: You can also lock the device with PIN, Pattern or password and sign out of your Google account. You can also send a message or your phone number to the lock screen so that the person who found your device, returns it to you.

  • Erase: Lastly, if you are sure you cannot get the stolen device back. You can erase the device completely to prevent personal data leakage.

As you can see, if you can manage to check the location quickly and get there in time, it's still possible to find your device.

By the way, Google's Find My Device is a universal tracking service that works on any Android devices but these days the top smartphone manufacturing brands are developing their own version of tracking services that only work on their respective brand of smartphones. Here are a few examples;

So, if you were asking, how can I track my stolen phone? Well, you can use any of these tracking services depending on the brand of smartphone you have lost.

Is it Possible to Locate Stolen Phone using Tracking Apps?

KidsGuard Pro is such a professional tracking app and if you have pre-emptively installed it in your device, that there is a great chance that you can find the lost device back. This is because:

As you can see, using KidsGuard Pro you will be able to locate stolen phone very easily. Just login the web control panel to find the Locations option. The detailed position of your device is visible there.

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track stolen  phone using kidsguard pro

On the other hand, even if your device is not stolen or simply lost, it is recommended to install KidsGuard Pro in case of further issues. Also apart from location tracking, this app offers some effective device tracking features like social media monitoring, files accessing, keystroke recording, and real-time screenshots etc

There are also other apps with similar capabilities and effectiveness. They are as follows:

These 5 are all exceptional apps and will be very helpful if you are trying to track your lost Android phone.

Conclusion

So, if you were asking; can a stolen phone be tracked? Well, it depends purely on your timely actions. If you panic and lose that important time window, it will be very difficult to recover it. These days most of the popular smartphone brands are equipped with their own version of stolen phone tracker. These trackers are very helpful but only effective on their respective brands of mobile phone. But generally speaking, you will have better luck using Google's Find My Device. It is an effective service works on any device that runs on Android OS. Still, a good professional program does a much easier job of tracking devices. Those apps are very accurate, works fast and packed with features. Our recommended 3rd party program is KidsGuard Pro even for those whose device isn't stolen, as a common saying goes "Precautions averts perils!"

Features

  • Track the real time location and view location history

  • Check all incoming and outgoing calls & SMS

  • Monitor app activities and know which app is frequently used

  • Remotely access the files on kid's phone, like contacts, notes, photos, keylogger, etc.

  • Monitor social media apps like WhatsApp, Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, Viber, WeChat and more

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By Cody Walsh

Posted on Jul 02, 2019 ( Updated: Jul 02, 2019 )

An experienced technology blogger and editor who has spent more than a decade writing about software, gadgets, and computing etc all over the Internet.