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Google Launches Android Device Manager – Now Easier Than Ever to Find your Lost Phone

August 7, 2013 - Written By Alexander Maxham

One of the features we’ve been looking for from Google for quite a while has been a way to find your lost phone without having to use a third-party service like Cerberus or Lookout. Last week, Google announced that they had finally made that feature and program and that it was named Android Device Manager. They said on their blog post that it would be launching later this month. Over the weekend the Android Device Manager began pushing to devices running Android 2.2 and above, with a new version of Google Play Services. Which means everyone will get the Android Device Manager. Good move Google.

There are really no settings for Android Device Manager, but to activate it just head into the Settings, then Security and Device Administators and activate the Android Device Manager. Then you can head over to the website to locate your device. You can also locate multiple devices very easily. For my account, it allows me to find my Nexus 7 and Nexus 4, since I don’t have any other devices right now.

When you locate your device, you can then ring it, to find it easily. You can also erase the device so that whoever has your device cannot grab your personal information. Which is definitely something you don’t want.

Good on Google for making this part of Google Play Services, which updates automatically for every Android user out there. It’s even better to see it working on every device running Android 2.2 – Froyo and above. That’s about 90% of Android devices out there. Which is definitely great to see from Google. I’m definitely liking how Google is pushing out these new features through Google Play Services instead of putting them in a software update that some phones may never get, thanks to the OEMs and Carriers.

How many of you have already activated Android Device Manager, how are you liking how easy it is to find your devices now? It’s definitely about time Google has added this feature into Android. Let us know in the comments down below.