How to Find an Android Phone That's Lost or Stolen

Track your Android phone when you misplace it

A hiker loses his phone

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You lost your Android phone and no amount of searching has turned it up. Before you start retracing your steps, you should know that Google offers an easy way to locate a lost Android phone. If your phone is connected to your Google account, you can find your Android phone very easily using Google.com and it's "Find my phone" feature.

Once you recover your lost phone, you might want to consider installing a tracker app that lets you track your phone in real time.

How to Locate Android Phone Using Google.com

  1. Go to Google.com and type “Find my phone” into the search engine. 

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  2. If you're logged into your Google account from your web browser, and your phone is turned on and connected to the Internet, it will show up on a map. 

    Google quickly locates your Android phone
  3. If you have a smart watch, a tablet, or another phone that's also connected to the Internet and logged into your Google account, Google will find it, too. Select the drop-down menu below the map to choose the lost Android device you're trying to locate.

    Google will locate all of your connected Android devices

How to Find Android Phone Using Its Ringer

If your phone is nearby, and you simply can't see it, Google can help you find it by turning on the ringer.

Ring your lost Android phone from Google

Just select Ring below the map and Google will ring your phone at full volume, even if the ringer on your phone is set to silent. When you hear the ring, simply pick up your phone and hit the power button to stop the ringing.

Locate Android Phone Using Google Home

If you have a Google Home device, and your Google account is linked to it, you don't need a computer to find your lost phone. Instead, simply say, "Hey Google! Where's my phone?" Google Home will then ring your phone, even if the ringer is set to silent.

What if Your Phone Is Still Lost or Stolen?

If your phone isn't nearby, and you're unable to locate it on the map or ring it, Google has additional tools to help secure your personal information until you get the phone back.

From the map that located your phone, select Recover. This will take you to several options that will allow you to call your phone, lock it, put a phone number to call on the lock screen, reach out to your carrier, or erase the phone.

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