Lost your Android phone?If no anti theft app is installed on your phone, is it possible to track/find your lost phone?The answer is yes. If your gmail account is unchanged(password) and with a little factor of luck, you can track your lost phone easily.
I worked on many of the android anti theft security apps to locate lost phone. But,every app demands its preinstallation. This is the only area where apps like Wheres my Droid and look out security fails. But, there is an extra ordinary app ” Android Lost” which has got all these functions. It works even if your internet/data connection, GPS, Wifi or all the same are switched off or not working. Android Lost is a free app downloadable from Google Play, can be termed as the best anti theft security app for android. now, let us see the step by step process to track your lost android phone.
Visit Android Lost Jump start page on Google Play. Click install. Sign in to Google Play using the same email that you were using on your lost phone. After installation is complete, you can see that the ‘install’ is changed to ‘installed’.
Install Android Lost from Google play.
Go to Android Lost website. Sign in to android lost using the same gmail id. During the process, grant permission to use android lost by clicking on ‘Allow’.
This is a crucial step where the factor “luck” comes into play. If your lost phone have an active internet connection, it’s done. otherwise, you have to wait until the data connection is activated. When the data is just activated on your lost phone, suddenly the two apps that we approved to install starts downloading automatically and will complete install in a few seconds. Once installed on your phone, it can never be removed from your phone(without phone reset). Uninstallation can be done only after deregistering on android lost website. Logout from Android Lost website and re login again to see whether the app has installed. If it is completed successfully, then you will see a popup window as shown below on signing in.
In this step, you get full control of your phone even if all the wireless networks including GPS,Wifi,data are switched OFF. By sending sms, you can enable or disable all of them. To activate sms trick, click on sms on Android Lost website, type the number from which you wish to send sms and click on ‘Allow’. If it is not working, try SMS Pin code below. Set a pin code. Next, while sending the keyword to phone, insert the pin code in the middle.For example “androidlost 1234 data start” where “1234” is the pin code. Now you are able to use all the services of Android Lost which includes finding the status of phone, ringing the the alarm for 5 seconds, enabling or disabling silent mode, starting or stopping data connection, Wifi, GPS, recording sound for 30 seconds, locking or unlocking phone, wiping or erasing data on sd card etc.
To accurately locate your lost phone, activate data connection and GPS by sending corresponding sms’s and click on Controls>Basic>Location>Send Location. Now, you will be able track your lost phone.