Smartphone are the device that contain a lot of personal information and data. Unlike iPhones, Android devices are vulnerable to data theft when device is stolen. If device is not properly secured, data on the phone can be accessed easily by anyone who steals the phone.
Android Manager, an app from Google which is available in Play Store can protect your device and its content if your device is stolen. To use Android Device Manager, go to https://www.google.com/android/devicemanager and log in with your Google account. You may get a prompt asking you for permission to allow Android Device Manager to use location data. Click on the “Accept” button to continue.
Location: The location of your Android device will appear automatically on the map, along with the name of the place, when it was last used, and when it was last located. You can zoom in and out of the map to check out the location.
Ring: The location data is an approximation and may not help you figure out if it’s hiding somewhere in your home. Instead of having someone call your phone to help you find it, you can choose to ring your device from Android Device Manager. This will cause your device to ring for 5 minutes at the highest volume, even if it’s set on silent or vibrate.
Lock: Locking your device remotely can be useful if you want to lock your Android device so no one can access your data while you’re trying to recover your lost device. To lock your device, click on the “Lock” option. Enter your new password twice, then click the Lock button. Once the command is sent to your device, it will lock it immediately, even if it’s being used.
Erase Device: If you think you’ve lost your device for good and would like to force a factory reset to protect your personal data, choose “Erase Device.” This will erase all your apps, photos, music, and settings from your device. If your device is offline when you send the “Erase Device” command, it will perform the reset the next time it comes online. Once your device has been wiped, you will no longer be able to access it from Android Device Manager. Also keep in mind that a remote factory reset may not wipe external SD memory cards.