How to track lost phones | Android, iOS and Windows Phones

If you have lost your phone, there is still a way of finding it. But if you have your phone save with you, it is better to prepare for any unforeseen circumstances – by configuring your phone, so it could be found much easier when lost.

Regardless of the phone you have lost, you can merely track your lost phone by calling your phone or by retracing your steps. But most of the time, this technique might not really work due to some reasons. Your phone might have switched off, your phone might have been taken and so on.

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However, there are better techniques which you can use to track your lost phone.  So, we are going take you through every technique according to your device’s operating system.

How to track your lost Android phone

There are various ways you can track your lost Android device. So let’s take a look.

Using the Android Device Manager

The Android Device Manager, which is also called “Google find my device”, is an online tool from Google to help you track your Android phone or device. If you have got your lost Android device connected to your Google account and your Android Device Manager active (which happens by default), then you can track it.

However, to track your lost phone using Android Device Manager, your lost phone must be turned on, have access to the internet, and location turned on.

Here are steps in using Android Device Manager to track your lost Android phone:

  1. Go to android.com/find from a browser on a computer or phone
  2. Then sign in to your Google account. And you will be directed to the “find my device” page
  3. If you have over one device, you can click on the one you want to track
  4. Then, you will be shown the approximate location of your device
  5. You will also be able to ring your phone, lock your phone and also erase all contents from your phone

If you want to use the “find my device” app to track your phone, you can download it from the Google play store on another device. Even when the lost device is turned off, the Advanced Device Manager will show where the device was last seen

Using the Android Lost app

The Android lost app is an app that allows you to remotely control and track your lost Android device.

To successfully track your lost phone using Android lost app, your phone must run Android 3.0 or higher, connected to the internet and your Google account.

If you do not have the Android lost app installed on your lost Android phone, you can install it on the lost phone remotely. To use the Android Lost App in tracking your lost Android phone, follow these steps:

  1. If you do not have Android Lost app installed on the lost phone, you can install it remotely via the Google play store from a browser
  2. If you did not activate your Android Lost app before your phone got lost, you can activate it remotely by sending an SMS with the text “androidlost register” to your phone.
  3. Now, go to the Android Lost website at www.androidlost.com and sign in with your Google account Login details
  4. When you are logged in, you will be able to get the location of your phone, make your phone sound a loud alarm and so on.

Using Dropbox App

To successfully use Dropbox App in tracking your lost device (whether IOS or Android), the Dropbox App must have been installed on your lost phone. Your lost phone must be connected to the internet, the “camera upload” on the Dropbox app must be activated and the person in possession of the phone must have taking selfie with the lost phone. So, when the person with the lost phone takes a selfie, the selfie will be saved to your Dropbox “Camera Uploads” folder. With the saved photos, you might be able to get who is in possession of your phone.

How to Track your lost iPhone

To track your lost iPhone, you will need to have installed the “find my iPhone App” on the lost iPhone and have it set up.

When you have installed the app on the iPhone, you can set it up by going to the phone settings, click iCloud and enable “Find My iPhone” and the “send the last location”. So, with all these setups, when the iPhone is lost, you can then track it.

So far as the location of the lost iPhone is active, you can always track the iPhone by going to iCloud.com and signing in. Open the Find My iPhone and the location of your lost iPhone should appear.

You can also track the iPhone by using the “Find My iPhone” app from another Apple device.

How to track your lost Windows phone

Windows phone comes with built-in tracker feature.  So, it is advisable you activate it before your phone gets missing. To activate the tracker on your Windows Phone, go to your phone settings, activate the “find my phone” option and the “save my phone’s location periodically and before the battery runs out to make it easier to find”

So, when your Windows Phone gets lost, you can track it by going to account.microsoft.com/devices and logging in to your windows account. Click the “find my phone” under the device you are tracking and a map displaying where your phone was last seen will show. You can ring the Phone, lock or erase data from the phone.