If you have already read my piece on how to find your lost or stolen IPhone then this piece is obviously for Android and Samsung users.
Here are a few tips to put in place to help you locate/recover your Android or Samsung phone in event it gets lost or stolen.
As with all Android phones you would have created a google account when you first setup the phone. Great first step.
In that case find my device should already be active on your phone.
Head to https://Andriod.com/find this allows you to see your phones last known location on a map. This can also be done by searching on google with the term find my phone when you sign in to your Google/Gmail account.
The options available to you to locate your device include:
Play sound: This allows you force your phone to ring even if it is on silent and if the phone is close by you can hear it and locate it. The sound goes on for five minutes. You can also see what wifi SSID your phone is connected and how much battery life its got left.
Note: This option only works if the phone is turned on and if the battery is completely dead.
In the event that the phone battery is dead then your plan B will be –
Secure Device: This allows you to leave a message which will be displayed on the phone screen for anyone who is with your phone at that time. It would be ideal to leave a phone number that they could contact you on to arrange a pick up. Once this is done the phone goes into lock down mode and no one will be able to access the phone. Then sign out of your Google Account.
Note: You will still be able to locate the phone whilst on lock down mode
And finally if you realize the phone is completely gone the next option is to completely wipe the phone.
Erase device: This must be your last and finally choice if all else fails to recover your phone and you certain the phone is gone and you will not be able to get it back from whoever stole it.
From your Google Account, this option guarantees to wipe the phone’s data immediately and if the phone is switched off erasing will begin the minute the phone is switched back on. After wiping the data, you will no longer be able to locate the device.
In the event that you are able to locate the device please note that all your data will be gone, so make it a habit to back up your important data stored on your phone at least once a week.
For The Samsung phones users out there, here are you tips for ensuring that your Samsung phone can be located and found in the event that you loose it. Similar to the Android Google account methods of searching and locating your mobile.
For Samsung, first thing is to be sure that you turn on find my mobile on your Samsung phone else you will not be able to locate your phone on a map.
To do this:
Go to Settings -> bio metrics and security -> then sign in to your Samsung account if you have not already done so in the initial phone setup to turn it on.
Go to https://findmymobile.samsung.com -> select your device name ->
You will come across a lot of features such as: extend battery life, unlock, retrieve calls/messages and set Guardians
Lock: This option provides you with two choices (lock screen & lock power off) , 1, you are can lock the screen and allow only emergency information to be displayed on the screen for anyone who finds the phone. choice number 2 is to prevent the phone being powered down
Track location: You will be able to see the phone last known location and track its movement.
Note: Contact law enforcement to assist you with finding your device if you are unsure of the area as you might not know where you are walking into tracking your phone yourself.
Remote backup: which allows you to backup your device remotely to the Samsung cloud.
The next option is Ring which allows you to ring the device for some minutes until you can locate it just like you have with the google account settings.
Erase Data: This options wipes the phone clean and no phone hacker would be able to retrieve any data from the device.
Now Remember always backup your device and check that you use all of the security features on your phone as you never know when they would come in handy.