The thought of losing your phone or having it stolen, can be scary in this modern age. Your phone can literally be another part of your identity, since it is the storage for all your contacts, personal data, private photos and even perhaps your financial information which you wouldn't want falling into the wrong hands. Its definitely something to worry about, but you can something to avoid this. It is important to mention that you can't find your smartphone unless you have an app or tracker installed beforehand.
Android Device Manager
Android Device Manager is an app functionality integrated into any Google Android device and can easily be enabled with a simple toggle in the Settings. Once the Android Device Manager is turned on, it can be used from any other Android device or a computer to easily find your device. This app allows you to remotely wipe out all the data on your phone, reset the lock screen password or even sound an alarm on your device. The feature is essential and the fact that it is built-in on your Android means it is easily accessible.
Family Locator is a product from Life360 and is one of the few apps that lets you collectively connect your friends and family's devices to efficiently keep track of their location via their smartphones. This can prove useful in a scenario where one of your friends or family loses their phone. Due to the fact that the app is designed to find where people are rather than their phones, it lacks most of the features related to finding stolen or lost phones. However, it is better than nothing and definitely worth having.
Cerberus has been one of the popular anti-theft apps among smartphone users for a while now. It has a variety of built-in features including the capacity to lock and reset your phone, sound an alarm, display on-screen messages for those who may have your device to see and even accessibility to your dront facing camera, allowing you to capture the image of the person in question. Even more outstanding, is that you can hide Cerberus from the app drawer to avoid people spotting its existence on your device, remotely shell into your device and even use the mic to record audio. This app is powerful and should be a favorite for many.
Prey is yet another long-standing app known and trusted by many Android users. This lightweight app's main functionality is helping users find their Android devices when they go missing. It has all the standard features for finding your phone such as remote locking of your device and setting off alarms. Prey can also capture pictures of where you phone may be, as well as gathering the necessary network details to display where your phone has been. Seemingly, it works for most smartphone owners which is a good sign.
Where's My Droid
Wher's My Droid may seem simple at first but it is actually a pretty powerful anti-theft application that has been around for a while. Aside from quickly finding your lost phone, it locks, sets off an alarm and so much more. One unique feature is its capability of sending 'GPS Flare' while the battery power is low, which allows you to get the last location of your device regardless. You also have the option of controlling who finds your phone through the use of text messages. Though the free version gives you access to the basic features, going for the pro version unlocks functionalities such as remotely wiping your device, prevent the app from being uninstalled, keep the app icon hiden and even using a landline to activate the app.
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