The 'droids you are looking for

If you're like me, you'll often be hunting for your phone or tablet. For me, it's often leaving a device in the car or under a pile of papers. I end up using the Find My iPhone service reasonably often. This week, the same capability was introduced by Google for Android phones and tablets.

The Android Device Manager is a browser-based web service: available at

As well as a map view of where your registered devices are located, you are able to 'ring' the device (make it play a sound for five minutes on full volume, regardless of muting) and, if you've enabled factory reset on the device, you're able to wipe it too.

In order to use this service, you have to be the registered device owner (on devices with multiple users) and be running Google Play services version 3.2.25 or higher. For configuration instructions, view the help page:

Android Device Manager >
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  1. Yes,that works really well. Thanks for the heads up. Just added a Galaxy Note 10.1 to my stable, so this was a timely reminder to secure things.

  2. I actually find it's more functional than the 'find my iDevice' one, simply because it works even if the volume is low or the device is muted. Most of my Apple kit is kept on silent, so other than knowing it's somewhere in the house, office or car, actually getting hands on can still be a bit of pain.