How to find your lost Android smartphone and wipe data remotely

How to find your lost Android smartphone and wipe data remotely

There have been many instances where we lose our phones, sometimes just in our homes when we can’t remember where we last kept them, and unfortunately, they are sometimes lost or stolen while we are gone. In the first case, it is easy to find our Android phones using the Find My Phone function on our paired smartwatch, or simply by asking someone else to make it ring. But if it gets lost outside our homes, then we need a little extra help. Fortunately, there is an easy way to remotely find and locate your Android phone, lock it, and even erase all data if necessary.

Google offers a simple process where users can find, lock, and erase all data on their Android phone – in case you lose it. The Find My Device feature allows Android users to locate the phone, lock it by remotely setting a pin, passcode, or pattern to ward off unwanted glances. Users can even display a message on their lock screen to ask the search engine to call once they have their phone. The feature also allows users to erase all data on their Android phone so that the finder doesn’t have access to it, and it also activates device protection, rendering the phone unusable for anyone other than the owner.

How to find your lost Android smartphone and wipe data remotely

To find, lock or erase an Android phone, some prerequisites are required. The phone must be turned on, the user must log in with a Google account, the user must be connected to mobile data or Wi-Fi, must be visible on Google Play, must have location settings enabled, and also must have your Find my device setting is also turned on. If all of these prerequisites are met, the user should follow these steps:

  1. Go to and log into your Google account, similar to the one used on your phone. Once you are logged in, you will see your phone in the upper left corner. If you have multiple phones with the same account, choose the one that was lost. It will show you details about the battery life and when you were last online.
  2. Google will simultaneously display an approximate location of the phone on the map. If your phone cannot be found, you will see your last known location, if available.

  3. If the phone is nearby and you know the place, you can go to the location and then select the Play sound option to make your phone ring for five minutes without stopping, even if it is silent.

  4. If the phone is located in an unfamiliar area, readers are cautioned not to attempt to retrieve their Android phone themselves and to contact the police instead, who may request the serial number or IMEI code. Here is how to find your phone’s serial number.
  5. If you want to lock the screen, select the Safe Device option. This will allow you to lock your phone and log out of your Google account. You can even display a message and a phone number on the lock screen for the finder to get in touch if they discover the phone before you. If you don’t have a lock, you can even configure one through this option.

  6. You can also choose to select the third option: Erase device. Permanently delete all the data on your phone and after erasing it, Find My Device will not work on the phone. If your phone is offline, the erase will start the next time you go online. This will prevent criminals from accessing your phone data.


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