If you've lost your phone or you want to track a phone that's signed in to your Google account, there's a easy way to do it – Google's Find My Device, which lets you track your Android phone remotely, as well
This is not the first Google phone tracking venture, though, and it can be a little confusing when you first look at it. So, we've created this guide to help you track any Android phone or tablet you've signed in.
Bear in mind this technique does not always work, and the phone will need to be on with signal, data
How to track your Android phone
The first thing you'll want to do is head over to Find My Device, the tracker's website ̵
Next, you'll need to sign in to your Google account using your email and password. This will not be too hard, as long as you remember them
Next, you will be presented with the site. On the left in the top is a list of devices you're signed in to – you'll probably only have one or two of these, so it's probably the right device will already be selected.
Below is a list of options for the phone, but you can ignore these for now if you're just trying to track a phone
Most of the page is taken up If the Find My Device can not locate your phone, you can try again by clicking the round arrow by the image of your phone, which will tell the tracker to try again. Hopefully this time, it will find your device
What can you do with your phone? But you might need to go to certain lengths to find your handset. The first option is Play Sound, which will make your device play a shrill sound for up to 5 minutes. If you have a problem with your phone, this will alert them to the fact that you are looking for it, so hopefully they can help you out
To aid communication is 'Secure Device'. This lets you lock your handset and sign out of your Google Account. You can also leave a message to someone who finds the phone, including leaving a phone number to a friend or relative so that the rescuer can contact you
Sometimes you may need to take the nuclear option though, if you have an inkling you will not get your phone back. Erase Device totally wipes everything from your handset, including logging out of your Google account, so if you click this there is no going back – it's an irreversible option. Only to this if you know there is no hope of getting your phone back