Meanwhile, before your Android phone can be located when lost, there are certain requirements that must be set in place for it to be possible. One of the major requirements is GPS. Others are stated below.
✔️ Your smartphone’s GPS or location access has to be turned on
✔️ You need to be signed in to your Google Account
✔️ The stolen or missed smartphone must still be turned on
✔️ The stolen smartphone must have an active internet connection, be it mobile data or Wi-Fi
✔️ The stolen smartphone must have been linked to Google by you
Once the above requirements are in place, goto www.google.com and type "find my phone" and you will be able to achieve the following on your lost phone.
THINGS YOU CAN DO REMOTELY ON YOUR LOST PHONE
✔️ Make your phone ring out loud (even if it's muted)
✔️ Lock your phone
✔️ Set a password to lock your screen
✔️ Write a note to the finder (optional)
✔️ Try calling your phone
✔️ Sign out on your phone
✔️ Reach out for local help
✔️ Consider erasing your device
Another option is to use Android Device Manager; assuming your smartphone is not linked to Google, you can still locate it if it goes missing or gets stolen. All you need to do is Just visit www.android.com/devicemanager and sign into your Google account. Android Device Manager will display the approximate location of your smartphone at that particular time (GPS must be ON). With the Android Device Manager, you have the options to go after your using maps, make it ring out or you can even wipe/erase it.
In fact, new Android phones running Android 6.0 Marshmallow and above comes preloaded with a security feature that allows users locate their stolen or lost phone but you have to setup some stuffs like password, the behavior of the phone when it's lost and even setup automatic snapshots so that once the thief tries to turn on or access the phone, the phone will automatically take his or her picture and send to your gmail account including the location of the person once GPS of the phone is ON.
Also, there is option in some phones like Gionee M6 that allows the owner to set a security feature that sends an sms and email of new sim cards that's inserted on the phone. This means once the phone is stolen and the thief tries to use it by removing the sim and inserting his own, the phone will automatically send sms and email containing the new number to an alternate line set by the phone owner to make it easy contact the thief and possibly locate the phone. You can see how easy it is nowadays.
In conclusion, for this to work perfectly, your GPS should be turned on regularly. Although there are disadvantages as well but the advantage can not be overemphasized. I hope you learnt a new thing today. Help share this by hitting the Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter share buttons below for others to be aware.