Smartphone safety

Here’s how Google can help you find your phone when it gets stolen

1. First you will  need  to login to your Google account

Recovery from a PC

  1. Log onto your PC. 
  2. Go to Google if that’s not already your homepage
  3. Click the profile icon in the upper right hand corner
  4. Click Google Account
  5. Click Security on the left hand side
  6. Click Find a lost or stolen phone (this will be under a section called Your devices)
  7. Select your device (older phones or a PC you use might display)
  8. Verify that it’s you by typing in your email password
  1. First you will  need  to login to your Google account

Recovery from mobile

  1. Tap the Gmail icon
  2. Tap add another account if it’s not your phone. If you’ve got a second phone tap manage your Google Account.
  3. Scroll across the top and tap Security
  4. Scroll down to Your devices and tap Find a lost or stolen phone
  5. Select your device
  6. Verify that it’s you by typing in your email password

2.  Locate your phone

From here, Google can do a few things. Most importantly, you want to find your phone, so click or tap Locate. Your Wi-Fi can be off, but the location has to be turned on or you’ll only see the phone’s last known location. If it’s accurate, the icon will be green. If it’s the last known location, it’ll be gray. Click the green icon, Google Maps will open and give you coordinates to find your phone. For example, when I try it on mine, (obviously my phone is on my desk) my computer gives me my work address. I can then click or tap Play Sound and Google will make my device ring for five minutes, even if it’s on silent.