Last year, Google released Find My Device, which is a collection of features that helps users locate lost devices. It is enabled on Android phones running KitKat and above by default.
To work successfully, it requires an internet connection, a Google sign-in, and the location feature enabled.
Find My Device is an extension of Google’s Device Manager service launched in 2013.
1. Display last known location
If a user has lost their phone and cannot track its current location due to the internet being off, they can go to the web application of Find My Device and look at their last known location.
Find My Device scans your Google Maps location history and displays the last known location from it.
2. Display last connected Wi-Fi access point
Find My Device can also launch Google Maps’ location timeline so that you can retrace your steps.
Similarly, the app will also display the last place where the user’s device was connected to Wi-Fi.
Again, if the location service of your lost device is not on, this can help you determine if it is currently being accessed over a Wi-Fi point.
3. Display battery level
Find My Device has also added the functionality of displaying battery levels.
Users can check the amount of battery left in their lost device so that they can estimate the time left to reach their smartphones.
It has also become easier for users with multiple devices to select the one they’re finding on a single platform and perform actions like ring, lock, and erase.
4. Android Wear and Google Home support
Other Android wearable devices like a smartwatch or the Google Home voice-enabled smart speaker are also enabled with Find My Device.
A watch and a phone can be found through one another as long as both devices have their location enabled.
Users can also ask Google Home “OK Google, where is my phone?” to find their device.