How To Track Your Lost Android Phone Without Installed Tracking App

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Note: In case you’re actually missing an Apple device, head over to my guide on how to track a lost iPhone or iPad.

Have you (ever) lost your Android smartphone or tablet without having a device tracking app installed? Then you should read this! This could be your chance to get your precious device back.

We created an FAQ post which covers most questions that you might have after reading this post

There are a handful of phone recovery or anti-theft apps on the Google Play Store which can be a lifesaver in case you lose your phone or, even worse, it gets stolen. But many people might only realize that there are such apps AFTER it got lost or stolen. Then, it usually is too late and you have to face the ugly truth that the phone is gone for good.

How to track your Android phone or tablet after it got lost or stolen

But don’t burst out in tears just yet. There’s still hope for your phone to find its way back to you! There are a few ways to remote control and track your phone even if you haven’t installed a recovery app before it vanished.

Let’s have a look at the various ways to get your Android smartphone back to its rightful owner!

1. Track your lost Android device with Google’s Android Device Manager

Requirements:

  • Your device is connected with your Google account.
  • Your device has access to the internet.
  • Allowed Android Device Manager (ADM) to locate your device (turned on by default). This can changed in the Google Settings app.
  • Allowed ADM to lock your device and erase its data (turned off by default).

Android Device Manager is a Google’s official and easy-to-use tool to track your Android phone or tablet. The best thing about it is that you don’t need to install an app to be able to track your devices. The only requirement is that your device is connected to your Google account, turned on and connected to the internet.

Besides tracking, letting your phone ring and wiping your phone (which has to be enabled manually), Android Device Manager doesn’t offer more options to remote control your phone. Hopefully, Google will work on that and offer more features, such as  taking pictures in case it got stolen and you want to know who took it.

In case there’s no laptop around when you lose your device, you can also use someone else’s Android phone to track it. Instead of using the mobile browser, you can also use the Android Device Manager app. If you the other phone doesn’t have it, simply download it here. You can sign in using the guest mode and your Google account credentials. Now you should be able to track your lost device, let it ring or wipe its data.

Android Device Manager screenshot

Are you not able to locate your phone this way? This can happen for several reasons. The one you should hope for, is that your device is simply not connected to the internet or turned off. In that case, simply keep trying to track it until it (hopefully) connects to Google’s services again.

In case it got stolen, it’s possible that the thief has disconneced your device from your Google Account. If that happens, neither Android Device Manager nor any other tracking tool will be able to locate the device, since it’s necessary to be logged into your Google Account. This doesn’t apply to previously installed tracking apps but in this scenario there are none on the phone. However, there’s one last resort but more on that later.

2. Remote control and track your smartphone with Android Lost

UPDATE: Due to Android API updates, Android Lost can’t be activated remotely on devices running Android 3.0 or higher.

Requirements:

  • Your device is connected with your Google account.
  • Your device has access to the internet.
  • You’re not running Android 3.0 or higher.

This is a more complicated way to track your phone. Basically, you need to install the tracking app ‘Android Lost’ on your phone and activate it by sending it an SMS (this can be done from any phone). How do you install something when you don’t have your phone with you? That’s very easy. You can install any app on all your registered devices directly from your browser through the Google Play website. Simply navigate to the Android Lost app and click the install button.

The remote installation process of Android Lost is very straightforward and only requires that your phone is still connected with your Google account. However, in case of theft, you have to hope that the thief doesn’t disconnect from your account.

So here’s what to do:

Step 1: Install Android Lost remotely

Install the Android Lost app remotely via Google Play in your browser and it will be installed on your phone remotely. As already mentioned, your phone still needs to be connected to your Google account. Otherwise, this won’t work.

install-androidlost

Step 2: Activate Android Lost (not working on Android 3.0+)

If you are still in the possession of your smartphone or tablet then all you need to do is starting the app. But this is, obviously, probably not the case if you lost your phone. So, to register your device remotely, send an SMS with the text “androidlost register” to your phone. This SMS can be sent from any phone. This will trigger Android Lost to register itself using your Google account credentials.

If you own a tablet, SMS might not be an option. In that case, install “AndroidLost Jumpstart” before you install the actual Android Lost app. It will jump start the registration process when Android Lost is being installed.

Step 3: Log in to the Android Lost website

Visit the Android Lost website and sign in using your Google account. After doing that, you should have access to all remote control features such as the following:

  • Read the latest SMS on your phone
  • Force your phone to play a loud alarm with a flashing screen. Perfect if you misplaced your device.
  • Get the location of your device
  • Lock and unlock your phone
  • Wipe your entire phone so no private data falls into the wrong hands
  • Erase the SD card
  • Use the camera to make pictures (front or rear camera) to get a nice shot of the nice person who took your device.
  • …here’s the complete feature list

Note that it can take a while for the registration process to complete.

Android Lost is a great tool to get your phone back

I have to say that having the possibility to install and register this tool remotely makes it very powerful in case you lose your device. The only negative thing I experienced is that the notification of a new installed app called ‘Android Lost’ could tell a potential thief about what’s going on. Also, if enabled in your Play Store settings, an app shortcut will appear on the screen. The icon’s title is “Personal Notes” but after clicking on it, it gets clear what it’s about. Of course, you can disable this auto shortcut function in your Google Play app settings, but it’s hard to do so with the phone gone.

Here is a success story of a dad chasing down the man who stole his daughter’s phone with the help of Android Lost.

3. Plan B is the Android Lost alternative for devices running Android 2.0 – 2.3

Requirements:

  • Your device is connected with your Google account.
  • Your device has access to the internet.

If Android Lost is not working out for you and you’re phone is still running an older version of Android (2.0 up to 2.3) you could give Plan B from Lockout a try. Install the app directly from the Play Store (Link) to your device and, if successful, Plan B will send your device’s location to your Gmail address. It will send you a mail every 10 minutes with the current location. You can also use any other phone to send an SMS with “locate” to your phone to get the location via mail.

As already mentioned, Plan B only works with devices on Android 2.0-2.3, so it won’t work with most devices. Also, the app hasn’t been updated in a while, so I cannot guarantee that it will work.

4. Use Google Maps Location History to track your lost Android phone

Requirements:

  • Your device is connected with your Google account.
  • Your device has access to the internet.
  • Location Reporting and Location History need to be activated on your device (can be done in the Google Settings app on your device).

Unlike the Android Device Manager, the Location History feature of Google Maps doesn’t focus on tracking down a lost phone. You can use your location data to for many different reasons such as looking up past travel routes or last night’s pub crawl tour. However, it is also a good way to locate your phone.

google maps location

Here’s what you need to do. Go to the Google Maps Location History and make sure the current day is selected in the calendar. Click on “Show timestamps” below the calendar to see all the times your device’s location was registered. Now scroll down and select the latest timestamp to see the last available location.

google-maps-location-history

Other than Android Device Manager, which also uses GPS for tracking, Location History only uses cell tower IDs and Wi-Fi location detection to collect location data. This means that the accuracy can vary significantly.

The advantage of Location History is the ability to track your phone’s location frequently over a period of time. If someone stole it, you could make out often visited places, which could be the thief’s home or workplace. That might help you and the authorities to catch the person.

I recommend trying out the Android Device Manager or Android Lost first, since they’re able to use your device’s GPS and offer other useful features.

5. How to use Dropbox to find your stolen phone (Android & iOS)

Requirements:

  • Your device has access to the internet.
  • Activated “Camera Upload” in your Dropbox app.
  • Someone needs to take pictures with your lost device.

Dropbox can be your last resort if all other approaches don’t bring you any closer to finding your phone. For this to work, however, Dropbox needs to be installed on your phone and the “Camera Upload” feature has to be activated. This way, every time your phone’s thief takes a picture, it automatically gets uploaded to your Dropbox “Camera Uploads” folder. So, if he or she takes a nice selfie you might be able to identify the thief. And if you’re lucky, you can make out the location by looking at the background of the uploaded pictures.

Should that be impossible, simply start a blog and show the world all the pictures your thief has taken. There’s one funny tumblr page sharing images of Hafid, the guy who stole the phone of the blog’s owner.

So far, that’s the only way Dropbox can help you. Dropbox doesn’t give you the IP address of mobile devices which are connected to your Dropbox account. This is only possible for Desktop PCs and laptops until now.

I hope you are reading this just out of pure interest and not because you lost your phone! But if that’s really the case, I truly hope that this article will help you track it down. Either way, I recommend installing a good tracking app BEFORE your phone vanishes. An app I recommend is Cerberus, which is available on Google Play.

Do you still have unanswered questions?

Make sure to check out our FAQ post which cover most questions we received from our readers in the last months. The provided answers should help you understand what is possible and what not. Plus, it saves you valuable time that you might need to get your phone back ASAP.

Have you been able to get back your mobile device after it got lost? How did you get it back? Share your experience with us in the comments!

Are you interested in more Android related guides?
Have a look at our Android knowledge database.

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Marc is an online marketer, avid blogger and technology enthusiast. His focus is on Android, tech and gadget reviews. He likes spending time travelling and reading all about what's going on in the tech world. You can find him on Google+ and Twitter.
  • bob

    does phone have to be on to do the android lost thing

    • http://marcknoll.com/ Marc Knoll

      Yes, the phone needs to be turned on and connected to the internet. Also, to be able to install the Android Lost app, your phone still needs to be connected to your Google account.

      • Uwie

        Hello Marc,

        Want to comment that google does not do anything to help out with stolen devices. All these options are for missing devices!

        Its common sense that if a knowledgeable thief takes your phone and reset to factory settings, then its gone for good, so connecting your gmail account to the phone to me to assist to find when stolen is basically useless. All this other apps wont work when the phone has been flashed or reset to factory settings.

        And of course, when my device is stolen, I would need to change my password to avoid further compromise on my account.

        My suggestion and as well as many others, is to link our IMEI number to our google account which would be a secondary option even when the device has been reset.

        Regards

  • chris

    is there a way to find out what email u used on the phones google account(the phone was stolen i cant remember what email i used

    • http://marcknoll.com/ Marc Knoll

      Have you ever installed any apps from Google Play using your browser? Since you need to be logged into the same account on your browser if you want to install apps, you can check your email there.

      • chris

        No I never did if I paid for one of those site where u can find a phone usein the number will that work even if the phone is disconnected?

        • http://marcknoll.com/ Marc Knoll

          If your sim card hasn’t been replaced yet then maybe. However, I don’t know any service that allows you to track your phone that way without the consent of the phone’s owner.

          • chris

            Ok the most phone have the E911 in locations on the phone for tracking a missing persons will my phone carrier use that or any other way to help? Sorry if u don’t know just trying to find it it’s the galaxy s3

  • Oli

    what if the phone’s software is reinstalled? does it still work?

    • http://marcknoll.com/ Marc Knoll

      All the suggested steps won’t work anymore in that case. Reinstalling the operating system will end the connection to your Google account and deleting apps such as Dropbox.

  • Disqusting

    Lost a phone last month. I had Android Device Manager and full version of Cerberus on it, unfortunately that’s useless because the snatcher was quick to turn it off, I could never contact the device again. Ever since then, I’ve been wondering why phone manufacturer hasn’t come up with the idea of preventing phone from being easily switched off (disable “switch off” menu when device screen is locked, for instance) – this would be especially secure for phones with non-removable battery, to buy us some time to track the device after it goes missing.

    • http://marcknoll.com/ Marc Knoll

      Hi! I’m very sorry to hear that. I totally agree that disabling the power menu in the lock screen should be a native option. Just a couple days ago I featured an app that does exactly that. ‘Smart Lockscreen Protector’ blocks the power menu while the phone is locked. Here’s the link to my post:
      http://trendblog.net/how-to-protect-your-android-device-from-being-lost-stolen/
      But there’s still the possibility to turn off your phone usually by long-pressing the power button.

      • Cristian Eduardo Lopez Amaro

        Also by removing the battery in many models.

  • priyam

    what if my android is phone is stolen… i have locked and registered the android lost… but my phone is off… and also the location setting is off…..can it still be tracked once the phone is on.?

    • http://marcknoll.com/ Marc Knoll

      If you successfully installed and registered Android Lost then it should work once the phone’s turned on. Otherwise try using Android Device Manager

  • PZ

    Hey there’ how do you install an app on a lost phone? Can I do it from from my computer?

    • http://marcknoll.com/ Marc Knoll

      Hey there! Yes you can install apps remotely. Just visit Google Play and log in with your Google Account. https://play.google.com/store

      • PZ

        Accidentally posted to mine^^

    • PZ

      Thanks for your response! More specifically ‘ I’m not sure if my photos are backed up. Is there anything you would do or recommend to get them? My phone is still connected/activated but died already. Its connected to my Google account etc.. They are vacation photos so extremely important! Can installing anything help?

  • Blake Mitchell

    So I followed these steps but i dont understand how my phone will register itself if I send a text saying “androidlost register”. How will I get the info to Log in?

    • http://marcknoll.com/ Marc Knoll

      You only need your Google Account login details to use Android Lost. That’s all.

      • PZ

        Having the same issues as Blake’ I sign in on android lost.com but still says phone is waiting to register. Phone is still connected but dead. Can I still use it?

        • http://marcknoll.com/ Marc Knoll

          Did you send an SMS to register your phone? If it’s turned off then you should keep trying to register it or use Android Device Manager to check if your phone is connected and turned on.

  • Arthur

    Hi , i have a question. I’ve lost my phone yesterday , and when i got home i chnaged my pass on my gmail and i wonder if it disconnected from my android device ?

    • http://marcknoll.com/ Marc Knoll

      Unfortunately, yes. Changing your Gmail password makes it very difficult to track your phone.

  • Miriam Arévalo

    Hi, I really liked your article, unfortunately my cell phne was stoled, I’m really interested in the app but, i just wanted to know if I can remotely delete the sms that I send to my cell phone?

    • http://marcknoll.com/ Marc Knoll

      Hi Miriam! Deleting an SMS remotely is not possible as far as I know. I recommend using Android Device Manager before trying out Android Lost. It doesn’t need any installs or SMS which could be seen by a thief

  • Joe S

    Thank you so much. I lost my phone today in NYC, and by remotely installing androidlost I was able to locate it, record sound, take pics, make it ring depite it being on vibrate, and I found it!!!

    • http://marcknoll.com/ Marc Knoll

      Great to hear success stories! Glad I was able to help you find your phone!

  • mike

    I have lost my tab 2. and i don’t remember that i have installed any app or not. Can I track it down?

    • mike

      and if factory setting has been restored then can i track it down? there are some important data in my tab.

      • http://marcknoll.com/ Marc Knoll

        As far as I know, you won’t be able to track it down. A factory data reset should disconnect your phone from your Google account.

  • Shie

    Someone has stolen my tablet. Then, I immediately changed my Google account password because I was thinking that they might hack my account. Is there anyway that I can track my stolen tablet still?

    • http://marcknoll.com/ Marc Knoll

      I’m really sorry to hear that. If you didn’t install any tracking app before it was taken from you, there’s no way to track it. Except you have Dropbox installed and Camera Uploads activated. But, as tablets are rarely used to take pictures, I doubt that you will find it that way.
      Having your Android device connected to your Google account is the most important prerequisite to track it down. I hope you’re still able to get it back!

      • Shie

        I do have Dropbox installed in my tablet. But I think I wasn’t able to activate my camera uploads. Can I do something about that? Btw, thank you for your immediate response! :)

        • http://marcknoll.com/ Marc Knoll

          Unfortunately you cannot activate it remotely.

          • Rachel Carey

            Question: how do youtrCk a tablet using Dropbox ?

      • lerone

        but they can delete that app

  • Charity

    Does Android Lost still work if your phone is turned off? I used Google Play to download the app then I sent the SMS to my phone, but I haven’t been able connect my phone with Android Lost’s website yet.

    • http://marcknoll.com/ Marc Knoll

      Hi! Your phone needs to be turned on in order for Android Lost or any other tracking tool to work.

  • james

    i lost my samsung note 10.1 2 days ago. I didn’t install any tracking apps. What happens is the thief factory reset the tablet? would it be a lost cause after that?

  • Babalu Brug

    Hi, my niece´s tablet was most probably stolen (using Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean). It seems that she did not use her gmail account in the store – it could have been me when the tablet was bought. But I am using this account with my phone. Is it possible to track it, if there is one gmail account and two devices -her stolen tablet and my phone?
    Many thanks for any advice
    Cheers,
    Stana

    • http://marcknoll.com/ Marc Knoll

      There can be more than just one device assigned to one Google account, so you should basically be able to track it. Check Android Device Manager, there you should see both devices listed in the drop-down menu.

      If your niece’s tablet is still connected to your Google account then you should be able to track it there (if it’s connected to the web).

      I hope you’re able to find it!

      • Babalu Brug

        Many thanks for your prompt reply. It only found one device – my phone (did not locate it, just linked only one device to my account). Does it mean that the tablet is switched off or not on wifi or that there allways was only one device assigned to that account?
        Many thanks again for your help
        Stana

        • http://marcknoll.com/ Marc Knoll

          Hey Stana,
          If your tablet isn’t listed then it hasn’t been registered. Sorry, but I fear that it will be very difficult to impossible to track it down :(

  • Lily

    Hi I just lost my samsung s4 and it’s switched off plus no tracking apps please let me know if there is a way to find it :(

    • http://marcknoll.com/ Marc Knoll

      Sorry to hear that Lily! The only way right now is to wait until someone turns it back on. Just keep trying to track it with Android Device Manager. If someone turns it on and it’s still connected to your Google account, you should be able to pinpoint its location that way.
      Hope you find it!

      • sabir pasha

        I m in same situation as lily , but I dont know the person who has my phone would even switch it on BEFORE flashing the phone . so do u think there is still a hope ??

        • http://marcknoll.com/ Marc Knoll

          Hi Sabir. If someone resets your phone, then you won’t be able to track it anymore. I wrote about a way to even track a phone after a factory reset a while back (http://trendblog.net/how-to-protect-your-android-device-from-being-lost-stolen/). However, if someone flashes a whole new ROM on it, all hope is lost.

          • michelle

            hi marc, if i had my service suspend my phone and block the phone should i request them to restore it to track it with android device manager? i’m just really considered with my photos. is there a way to just get the phone restored to factory setting and wipe out the photos remotely?

          • http://marcknoll.com/ Marc Knoll

            Hi michelle,
            As long as it cannot connect to the internet you won’t be able to locate it. Did someone steal it? If so, try Android Device Manager to locate it. It’s possible that there’s another SIM inside now. With that tool, you can also wipe all the data on your phone. I guess that’s what you’re looking for.

          • michelle

            the tech support said wi-fi will be enabled even though the phone and service are blocked. does that sound about right that i can still track it off of the android device manager even then if they replaced it with a different sim card or just the phone itself for the internet as long as a power signal is available? millions of thanks.

          • http://marcknoll.com/ Marc Knoll

            As long as it has a working internet connection and is still connected to your Google account, you should be able to locate it with Android Device Manager. Hope you get it back!

  • Soalib jence

    prevention is batter than cure. i can suggest a simple apps. called ghostrack. it dosent require any data plan. just simple sms will do the work. we all should keep it on our android device. not only it will let you track your phone from another android device but also it will show the tracking history. there is a option called spy mode. you can actually modify your tracking mode by distance or time by it. so its pretty much worthy of downloading .

    here is the link

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=soalib.android.location&hl=en

  • lucy

    Hi my my Samsung grand is stolen, how do I delete al my pictures numbers and al my personal stuff.?

    • http://marcknoll.com/ Marc Knoll

      Hi Lucy, if you manage to install Android Lost as I explained above, then you can wipe your device.

  • gj

    hi! will the android device manager is affected, meaning will it not work, if upon being stolen, i’ve changed my gmail’s password because of fear it might be hacked? thanks!

    • http://marcknoll.com/ Marc Knoll

      Changing your Gmail password makes all my suggested options in this post useless. Sorry!

  • gj

    hi! my rooted s4 got stolen. no droid device mngr but gmail is active. however, i changed its gmail pass upon being stolen after a few hours. will ADM still work?

    • http://marcknoll.com/ Marc Knoll

      Changing your Google account password will disconnect your S4 from your account since it’s still trying to connect with your old password. Therefore, ADM won’t work, sorry. Good luck, hope you get it back!

  • John Purser

    Hey Marc, Thanks for all you help and suggestions! I am curious about something, and I will send a picture to help explain. My son’s nook color tablet (it is rooted with cyanogen installed) was stolen last year around November I think. I pretty much just gave up on it, but everytime I go to my settings in the Google Play store, I see the device there, and it appears that somebody is using it. If you look under the ‘last used’ column, it says February 13th, 2014. So I know that it is being used. Because I can see this, does it mean that it is still connected to my Google Account?

    • OwenLord

      @ John Purser: Yes! that is exactly what it means, if shows and means that the person currently in possession of the device is using your google account. Hope you get it back!

    • http://marcknoll.com/ Marc Knoll

      Hi John!
      OwenLord is correct. It’s still connected to your Google Account. Did you check Android Device Manager? You should be able to select the Nook and, if it’s online, locate it. If it’s not working, keep trying it for a while. Hope you’ll get it back!

      • kim

        if the phone is off. will android device manager be able to locate it

        • http://marcknoll.com/ Marc Knoll

          Hi Kim. Unfortunately not. The phone needs to be turned on and connected to the internet

          • kim

            what if my phone is on just with a different sim can I still do step 2 with the android lost app

          • Ivonne

            Hii Kim so do you know if the phone is with a different sim you can do step 2? also if I disconected from the company service? thank you

          • Ivonne

            Hii do you know if the phone is with a different sim you can do step 2? also if I disconected from the company service? thank you

          • Ran Kotobuki

            My cell phone has been stolen while in my bag in a restroom I immediately tried to locate it with lookout however it never located I tried more like device Android manager and it was never locate but the person that stole my phone said she reset it and is going to get it flashed do I still have a chance of locating it? Also since she reset it and using it my Google account isn’t signed in anymore

    • John Purser

      Okay guys, thanks for the reply!

      I just checked the Android Device Manager, and it’s not showing up there? I had immediately changed my Google account password once it got stolen, so I didn’t know if it would still be possible to track it down.

      I have installed AndroidLost Jumpstart and AndroidLost, but no luck there yet either. It says “Installed” but I’m not sure if it really got installed properly. Guess I’ll just keep checking back, like you said.

      Let me ask you this. If it does end up finding it one day… what would I do then? Contact the authorities? How could I prove that it is actually my tablet?

      • Stephanie

        Devices that are hidden on Google Play
        If you hide a device on Google Play, the device won’t appear in Android Device Manager. You can hide or show devices on Google Play by going to play.google.com/settings and selecting a device in the Visibility column.

  • Hector

    Great Marc I just have one question,if I have Tango on my tablet can I track it down through them?

  • BEANIE

    HOW COULD I FIND MY PHONE, I HAD THE SERVICE DISCONNECTED AS SOON AS IT WAS STOLE. BUT I’D LIKE TO SEE WHERE IT IS, EVEN THOUGH THE SERVICES DISCONNECTED

  • Bel

    Hi Marc,

    My samsung s4 was stolen about a week ago. I tried to locate that using my google account but couldn’t manage so because I keep on getting the message ‘The devise is offline’. I now understand from your discussion I can’t do that because I have changed my google account password soon as I lost my cell phone. However, I am as well keeping track of my S4 using my registered Samsung Account. It as well is saying the mobile is offline. I believe I can track it using my samsung account, nah? Here is the Samsung website I am hiring for the service: http://findmymobile.samsung.com/dm/lockMyMobilePhone.do#refreshlink

    Thanks,
    Behailu

  • Amanda

    Someone has stolen my tablet before I opened it is there any way the store that I brought it from can track it x Thanks

    • Amanda

      Is there anythink I can do please help me x amanda x marc x

      • http://marcknoll.com/ Marc Knoll

        Wow that’s really unlucky. Sorry to hear that. I don’t see any way to track it down, unfortunately.

  • Charles

    Hi, I lost my dick, can I recover it back?

  • sandy

    Hi Mac, what if the tablet was restored to the factory settings? Would I be able to track it then??? I was tolfd by a friend that if that was the case I would be SOL … :( is that true?

  • Bel

    Hi Marc,

    Am still waiting for your response on whether I can use my ‘samsung account’ to track and find my stolen samsung s4. I wrote you about it 6 days back.

    Thanks,
    Bel

    • http://marcknoll.com/ Marc Knoll

      Hi Bel,
      Excuse my late reply. I am not familiar with that service from Samsung. Do you have an app of that service installed on your device? Because somehow, that service needs to access your phone. And I believe that your GS4 wasn’t connected with that Samsung account of yours?
      Since I don’t know that service, I cannot help a lot I am afraid. Have you tried their customer support?
      Good luck finding your phone!

  • Amanda

    Still wating 6 days x is there anything I can do please help x

  • Brijesh

    hey marc i have lost my samsung galaxy core and i installed android lost app..but it didnt regestred. may be the thief threw my sim and i use adm but it show the location when i have my phone with me can there is any other way to track my phone without my sim ?? i have the imei no. please do reply…

  • Monica Reyes

    Hi I lost my phone yesterday and it was dead at the time ; ( anyway im trying everything to locate it and I cant since its off so I remember backing up my pictures a few days a go to an app that came out on my phone but I cant remember the name :( I did retrieve my dropbox ones but that only had pictures up to last year.. anything I can do?

    • http://marcknoll.com/ Marc Knoll

      Hi Monica,
      Sorry for the late response. Hope you found your phone by now. As long as it isn’t turned on, there’s not much you can do, unfortunately. Should someone turn it on you could try locating it with the methods explained in my article.

  • Daniel

    Thanks for giving us this wonderful solution to track our lost Android phone without installing any app.. Keep sharing useful information like this. We are always welcome for valuable sharing.

    Zeal-Spy

  • Pranit Majgaonkar

    Hi mark,
    This is Pranit from India. I want some help about my stolen galaxy note 2.
    My cell phone was stolen on today morning at railway station and i FIR in police station but i’m not sure they will find my cell.
    So my phone is connected with Samsung Dive but my phone showing is offline so it is not tracing. If it is online then it will trace or not and it will find by IMEI no? Pls help.

    • http://marcknoll.com/ Marc Knoll

      Hi Pranit,
      I’m not familiar with Samsung Dive so I cannot be a great help with that, sorry. If you’re phone’s online and connected to your Google account, you should try using the Android Device Manager to locate it.

  • misoginul

    Send a SMS to the phone? On what number?

    • http://marcknoll.com/ Marc Knoll

      Hi there,
      Could you please be more specific?

      • misoginul

        method 2: So, to register your device remotely, send an SMS with the text “androidlost register” to your phone.

        If the phone has a SIM of which number you don’t know, how do you send a SMS to that number so you can activate AndroidLost?

        • http://marcknoll.com/ Marc Knoll

          Alright I see. If another SIM card was inserted then you won’t be able to send an SMS without the number, you’re correct.
          Are you sure that another SIM is in your phone now? Have you tried Android Device Manager? This approach still works with another SIM, the only thing needed is a connection to your Google account.

          • misoginul

            First of all, let me say this is a good written article with useful information. I just stumbled upon that little thingy and wanted to let you know. My android devices are not lost… actually, one of them has IMEI null problem.

          • Shubham Chandani

            Hey Marc

            I’ve lost my Xperia U. So I had to de-activate my SIM immediately. But every time I login with google account on Android Device Manager I see my device being used. Unfortunately the person is not online all the time so I cant trace his location. Will sending SMS on deactivated SIM still work in this case?

            One weird thing I noticed is First name and last name of my gmail account is changed to a unknown name I suspect to be the man.

            Regards

          • samrat

            how can i find my phone number or tracking my phone location from dropbox if i lost my phone?give me a salutation.plz

  • naseem3872010

    Hi Mark,
    Last week some one stolen my S2 phone. At the same time the person removed sim card and phone has been turned off..i tried AVG anti theft application also. But today (12/03) i am trying to log in AVG account, its says account not created. i thing app has been removed from Phone. I got only one info sim company “Hutch” from google play store. (When we try to download any apps it will show our device name with network provider). It means my phone still with my gmail account only. I tried android device manager as well. No use.
    Please is the any suggestion just let me know in order to trace my phone. Thanks for your help.

  • jakes

    Hi Marc, thank you for your article. I have a problem with my 13 year old boy who uses to turn off the phone so I cant locate him whenever I have to. Do you know a way of knwonig where he is even with the phone off? Thank you

  • David

    Marc,

    Your site was a life safer today. I stopped to pump gas and left my Samsung Note 3 on the trunk of my car. When I realized it was missing, I returned to the gas station and began to search frantically. After calming down, I found your blog and started the process with Android Lost. I had to remotely download the app and send a text message to get it up and running. After a few minutes, the map showed me that my phone was a mile and half away from where I was searching. I drove to that location and there it was in the ditch on the side of the road. Apparently, the Note 3 hung on for dear life at 55 mph for over a mile before relinquishing its grip. Thanks to the cover, the phone survived its bounce with the pavement. Thanks Marc.

    • http://marcknoll.com/ Marc Knoll

      Hi David,

      That’s great! I’m glad my article helped you out. Thanks for sharing your story.

  • Angie

    Hi Marc…so if the phone is not in your possesion you can not use the Androidlost app to lock the phone screen?

  • Jenny

    Hi Marc, I’ve been trying to track my phone for the last few days. Will Android Device Manager work if the thief has done a factory reset? Is that what you mean by disconnecting it to my Google account?

    • http://marcknoll.com/ Marc Knoll

      Hi Jenny,
      Yes, a factory reset will disconnect your phone from your Google account. It will delete all user settings. I hope you’ll be able to locate and retrieve it!

      • getgudi

        Hi Marc, just a question !! If the thief did the factory resets of the phone, then it will not appear on Android Device Manager. Then, how one can track the lost phone ? No options ??

        • http://marcknoll.com/ Marc Knoll

          Hi getgudi,
          There are no real options to track a phone after a factory reset. Only if there was a tracking app installed that can “survive” such a reset.

          • getgudi

            Thanks Marc for your reply.. I can still see my device (Nexus 4) on Android device manager. Does it mean the thief has not performed any factory reset yet? If factory reset is done, do I loose my Google account associated with that device ? Dont we have an option to contact the device through its IMEI no the same way it is done with google account ? Sorry for asking too many questions !!

  • Leonard

    Hey Marc, Thanks for the great info. I have a question on Android Device Manager. I’ve tried to login to the google adm website and did a test… location identified. But in the Google Play store, i see an Android Device Manager app. Do i need to install that to get more functionality?

    Thanks,.

  • nikhil

    hey marc i wana to knw tht some1 stolen ma ph nd its switch off now 10 days hve been passed how can i track my phone plz tell me its really important for me….is there any other way to track it by its emi no or any other thing plz let me knw plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • pradeep kodithyala

    Hi,
    After loosing my samsung note2 i had changed all my passwords and when i logged to findmy mobile using samsung account the status of my note 2 is shown as offline.
    now i am confused that whether my mobile is reset to factory or still the thief is using with my google account??

  • Jhemna

    Hi Mac! My Samsung mobile phone had just lost yesterday and I guess someone had it already. First two hours, I could still contact my mobile number but after three or four hours, it couldn’t be reached. i haven’t installed any tracking app on it. I tried tracking it now http://findmymobile.samsung.com/ but it shows that my phone is offline. I don’t really know what to do.

  • jerick

    Can I track my s4 when they take out the sim and factory resets it?

    • imran

      yes! i want this question answer …! come on marc

      • http://marcknoll.com/ Marc Knoll

        No that’s not possible without any prior work. A factory reset disconnects the phone from your Google account, which you need to track it. If you flash an anti-theft app like Cerberus, you can still track a phone after a factory reset. This has to be done before you lose it, obviously.

        Taking out the sim card doesn’t disconnect your Google account. In this case, you should still be able to track it.

  • salaka

    where will we get the information about the call logs and sms sent and received?
    plz reply soon i really need ur help i lost my ph few hours ago

  • Sweta Shah

    Hi Marc, my mobile is stolen. if my mobile on switch off mode then possibility to trace my mobile location through IMEI number ? bcz who stolen my mobile they didn’t remove my sim card. when i make call on my mobile, it is switch off mode. so i thought my sim is safe into the mobile. but in my mobile no any tracking device. but i have IMEI number.

  • Palak Shah

    hey Marc,

    Will the android device manager still show the device, if the lost phone is reformatted???? or since it is showing the device.. does it mean that the phone is not yet formatted??

  • mridude

    My only issue is that you say no preinstalled app is necessary, but really it is. If you try to install remotely via the internet, yes the phone will try to install it, but if the thief glances at his desktop bar on the phone he will see it being downloaded and delete it for sure…

  • mridude

    In fact, just to check it out I installed it on my phone and not only does it appear in the bar, it then asks you to approve the install! This obviously would not work if a thief stole the phone.

  • Sarah McNaughten Call

    Hi! So…. my young son “misplaced” my samsung galaxy tablet, the battery was dead…,., are their no options for me?? It could be buried in the garden for all I know :/ thanks for any help!

    • sat

      give him another phone and track him. :)). Just saw your question now, so Sorry for the late reply.

  • denis

    can I use just any other cell phone to send the remote activation message “android lost’ register – not understanding this,, is that something that needs to be done from a pre-registered texting program between a cell phone and google

  • getgudi

    Hello Marc,
    My Nexus 4 stolen a week back. I can still see my stolen device (Nexus 4) on Android device manager. Does it mean the thief has not performed any factory reset yet? If factory reset is done, do I loose my Google account associated with that device ? Dont we have an option to contact the device through its IMEI no the same way it is done with google account ? Sorry for asking too many questions !!

  • KK

    Hi Marc.. someone stolen my S4 three weeks back. but i can see my mobile is online thruogh samsung account login. can you help me to find it out

  • Doug Robertson

    This really works Well.

  • Vaibhav

    My samsung s duos2 is lost
    and deone is online on skype from that phone
    how can i get it back. I camt track location.
    Pls let me know what can i do
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  • Chan

    Hi Marc, Thank you for all of this information. My son lost his galaxy cell phone. I tried to install the app but with no success. I believe the phone is turned on since the number still rings and he voicemail is active. However, I think the data option on the phone is off. If this is the case, can the android lost app still be installed remotely. Also, when you send the sms text “androidlost register”, can it be sent from any phone to the lost phone. This part is not clear to me. Finally the android device manager is active but can’t find the phone. Thanks in advance for the advice.

    • http://marcknoll.com/ Marc Knoll

      Hi Chan, Thank you for the kind words. Hm if the phone isn’t connected to the internet, there is no way to install the app remotely. You can keep trying. The SMS to register the app can be sent from any phone. Also, keep trying to locate the phone with the device manager. This is a more secure method, since sending an SMS with that text could alarm a potential thief. Hope you’ll find your son’s phone!

      Also, should you get it back or buy a new one, install a tracking app right away. That makes it much easier. I wrote an article on that topic: http://trendblog.net/how-to-protect-your-android-device-from-being-lost-stolen/

      • Chan

        Thanks Marc,
        I just installed a tracking app on my wife’s phone (better safe than sorry). The Samsung 3 and 4 both have issues where it will keep the mobile data on even though there is a WiFi connection available. They have been getting in the habit of turning off the mobile data while in a zone where WiFi is available. Unfortunately my son didn’t turn it back on before leaving for school. Therefore, I am screwed until the data is back on. I tried to call Verizon to see if they could enable data remotely or reboot phone remotely but they stated they can’t do it…..#frustrating. Thanks for the help anyway.

      • Syria pinon

        I got my phone stolen 2 days ago.. and im really sad im a minor and it was my sisters birthday party and i went inside and left my phone on a table and someone stole it and i have pictures on there i cant ever get back.. </3 i just want my phone back its not active but i hv alot on there and im wondering is there a way we can locate my email adress or my app # ?/… can u please help me if so can u please reach me @ my sisters email since i have no accses to mine @toriathekid [at] gmail [dot] com

  • Harsh Bhardiya

    hi i lost my phone just a hour ago it do not have internet so wat now

  • Joseph A.

    Hi Marc, My device is online through internet online (not through my tmobile network) but the internet connection is intermittent. I installed Android Lost Jumpstart first but am hesitant to install Android Lost before I can confirm with certainty that the phone successfully installed the Jumpstart portion. Is there a way to do that? Right now it just says ‘installed’ in my Google play account, but I know the connection my phone is on is very intermittent because when I try to located it on Android Device Manager sometimes it works sometimes it doesnt.

    This is a VERY VERY, informative article I thank you so much for sharing.

    • Joseph a.a

      To be clear, I meant my phone is online through Wifi, but its intermittent

      • http://marcknoll.com/ Marc Knoll

        Hi Joseph,
        Hope you were able to track down your device. The only way to see if an app is installed without looking at the actual device is through the Play Store. I don’t know of any other method.

  • power

    hi there.. i want to ask how about the thief log out our acc could the app help? and can we know that our acc have been log out form my phone…

  • christinavice

    my moms cell was just stolen she is at work is there anyway I can track from home on the computer with just her number?

    • http://marcknoll.com/ Marc Knoll

      Sorry to hear that. If she’s got an Android phone, you can track her phone using the methods described in the article.

  • manggo

    If i change gmail account password via web browser on desktop, will my android updates its location to google? Is my android device manager still able to locate it?

  • imran

    after stolen phone .if they format ur phone?? .after that can u find ur device ????

  • Jorgee

    Hey Marc, my Galaxy 4 active was stolen on my birthday of all days, sucks! i only had it for about a month and had no kind of security on it. the only thing ive got is the imei number and my google acct shows that the last activity was on my bday. is there anything i can do to track my phone?

  • Benji

    Hi Marc, How android device manager can show me the last known location of my phone?

  • Yankovich

    Hey Marc,
    I tried installing android lost via the jumpstart method, but it does not work. Or better said, how do you see when the jumpstart app is actually installed? Also another question, what if you for example download the jumpstart app first and then the android lost app, but jumpstart wasn’t fully installed, would it still register the process or did I just screwed it up? Hoping to have some reaction from you, great article it was very informative but at the same time a bit difficult to achieve ^^

  • Skylim

    Hi Marc may I know how to tracking my Samsung Note 2 with my Skype still login at my stolen Phone?

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    mobile apps is really interesting. Also I want to know the latest news about
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  • Parag Agarwal

    I am surprised you have not mentioned google maps. It has a location history feature. Google device manager needs the GPS to locate your phone but Google maps also throws the location even with the cell triangulation method. Check it out. I have been using it for quite long.

    • http://marcknoll.com/ Marc Knoll

      Hi Parag,
      To be honest, it surprises me as well that I haven’t thought about that. You are completely right. I will include your suggested method in a new update of the post. Thanks a lot for your commment!

  • Priya Raman

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    simple SMS can get your lost phone back

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    GET THIEF PHOTO

    When user requested for this feature, our application will take picture with front camera and sends photo to the mail id mentioned in the application.

    GET PHONE LOCATION

    user will receive longitude and latitude of the phone location as SMS. by providing those details in maps.google.com, user can get the exact location of the phone.

    WRONG PASSWORD NOTIFICATION

    When wrong password was given to unlock your phone for 3 times, you will get the photo of the person who is trying to unlock and longitude and latitude of the location.

    MAKE SIREN SOUND AND STOP SIREN SOUND

    Irrespective of the sound profile set, phone will play siren sound when it receive REQUEST-SIREN-START from the alternative phone number mentioned in the application.To stop the sound, application should receive REQUEST-SIREN-STOP as SMS

    SIM CHANGE ALERT

    When the phone was switched off and the SIM was changed then our application will send the photo and location to the mail and SMS current location from the newly inserted to the phone number mentioned in the application.

    WIPE PERSONAL DATA

    When user thinks he won’t get his phone back, he can wipe his complete data from the phone with this service.

  • Len

    Hi Marc, thanks for this article. Really useful. I am wondering what i can do with my situation: i am currently in Rio de Janeiro for the world cup but due to large crowds, my phone got snatched yesterday. It is on airplane mode since i got here. The sad part is that i have a lot of my important documents on the sd card such as passports, credit cards, etc. Because it only happened yesterday, i am wondering whether there’s a way to delete the sd card immediately as i don’t know when or if they will log online. Thanks in advance.

    • http://marcknoll.com/ Marc Knoll

      Hi Len,
      Damn, sorry to hear that. I hope that doesn’t effect your world cup experience too much. Unfortunately, your phone needs access to the internet. Without it you can’t delete any files, lock or locate it.

      I recommend that you keep trying to locate it with Android Device Manager or alternatively Google Maps Location History and hope that someone turns off flight mode and connects to the web. Location History should also work without you having to click refresh all the time.

      If you’re not able to delete your files with the device manager, try using Android Lost instead.

      Hope you’ll be able to delete/wipe your data! Enjoy the rest of the world cup!

  • Bill

    i used google to upload my contacts does that mean the phone is registered to my google account? my lost device does not show up as a phone on my account but the one that did not get lost shows up. can two phones be on one account

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    What if internet is not available? TiSPY helps you to Locate phone.

    There is a Limitation of Google Account. Your phone must have internet connectivity.

    We have discovered it solution. TiSPY service has a feature called SMS Command. There are too many SMS Commands TiSPY service support. Refer https://www.tispy.net/TiSPY/smscommand.html

    All of them are used when the phone has no internet connectivity and you want to perform operation on your phone.

    Now what you need to do?

    Just send Locate Phone Command to your lost phone. On receiving the command, Application will send back you its accurate location link.

    Clicking the link, you will find where your phone dropped.

    TiSPY CTO has lost his phone some where near beach at Korea. After around 10 minutes, he recognized, He recovered his phone using Location Phone SMS Command.

  • hannah

    hey marc,My tablet is still missing I am only 9 and yesterday I lost it.I looked every where. I am so sad that my family wont help me find it. i help them with everything and wont even help me would you please do it for me I live in 706 zlothing circle apt.2 freehold new jersy 07728. PLEASE HELP ME MY TABLET IS REALLY IMPORTANT TO ME PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Julie

    I did find my phone, but not by one of the apps..battery was dead. Has any one had any problems after finding their phones after installing any of these apps?

  • AJ

    Hey Marc quick question. I downloaded the the other app before the jump start app by accident. I have an I pad which I am using but can I solve this? I also got the android manager and it says my phone

  • AJ

    *location is turned off how can I solve this? Thanks for your help

  • Aarnav Kumar

    If some one is using samsung s4 in aeroplane mode is there any possibility to trace that phone .. If yes plzz tell me

  • Jing

    Hi Marc, i have installed the apps on my phone. The next steps is to activate the administrator operations :- (erase all data, change screen unlock password,lock the screen etc). Would like to know if i activate it on my phone, will all my data lost ? I am just worried and new to this apps.

  • matjaz

    Hello marc…
    My samsung s5 has been stolen.
    I didnt have any tracking installed…so the operater said the phone is active alltrought i had pin and pattern he somehow found out pin and pattern. So i see now my phone online in findmyphone samsung but he turned off remote control and i can not reach its locaation or anything. Inside was just sim for internet withoout calls. My Google accounts are disabled what else can i do i was ar the police and gave a report. In my coutry two yers ago the same thing happend somebody stole my phone i did report on the police and my operater. They track my imei of my phone and his new sim and the found him and gave me my phone back. But now im in switzerland and here carrier swisscom said they can not tracjkk the phone down they can just lock it. What do u suggest?

  • Little Girl

    I don’t think it is possible to get lost iphone with IMEI. I recommend using some anti-theft tweaks, such as iLostFinder from http://ilostfinder.com which is free. It captures photos of the thief and sends them to you by email.

  • Lyrissa

    What if someone stole my phone and turned it off right away… is there still a way to find it?

  • Leighton Jenkins

    Have you come across an a crowd-sourced way of finding things called StrayHat? http://www.strayhat.com They have name labels with a QR code ( see pic). It allows you to label clothes as well as kids school stuff. Obviously you can also attach to iPad, IPhone, Samsung Android devices too

  • ARSHJOT

    sir,please help me to find my xperia sp,it’s without internet connection
    so what to do?

  • Evie

    Hey Marc. My Lenovo P780 was recently stolen and I had moved a few pics to the photo vault in app lock, for which I do not have a backup! The phone is connected to my google account. Is there any way I can get my phone back? Or is it at least possible to retrieve the pics hidden in app lock? Thanks.

  • Jenn

    My samsung s5 is dead and lost is there anyway to locate it.

  • Roopa Lavanya

    Here is the best android application to find lost phone.
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.hangover.mobileantitheft

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  • Kamran Shahzad

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  • Moriah Moore

    The GPS on my phone is turned off and im trying to figure out an alternative to tracking my phone. The number to my phone is no longer in service and I cant remember the serial number or the last four digits. I’ve tried ADM numerous times yesterday and today. Its there a way for to still track my phone? Do I have a chance on finding its exact location even though the GPS is off? I need help and I need it fast !!

  • http://www.webdesigningcourse.in anupriya26

    Android Lost is really a great app that I could recommend anyone! And the features you have mentioned in this post was adding more values to the app. Thanks Marc!

  • Roopa Lavanya

    I got lost my android mobile http://
    hangoverstudios.com/mobileantitheft/ good app.i can trank the location and get it.

  • Swag_heart_11

    Hi my Samsung was recently stolen but the battery was dead (not so sure cause it was on the charger) then when I came home it was gone but no one broke into the house. I don’t want to download anything but I was wondering who can I find it.

  • Nathanael

    Here’s a video tutorial for how to use the best android lost program out there, it can still send commands to your phone even without mobile internet wifi or gps turned on!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsjKTtRn5Ok&list=UUzbY6kxJD6mhqzVv1XxfvBg

  • hunberger

    This is so good. All I know is just using some spy apps like iLostFinder to find my lost iphone. Today I have a new way.

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  • James

    I changed my google password after my phone was stolen – Can I still do the android lost thing? When you change your google password on a computer it logs you out on your phone – am I screwed now because the app can’t be downloaded on my phone because of this?

    • http://marcknoll.com/ Marc Knoll

      I’m sorry to say that but yes. Having some sort of connection with your phone is crucial if you want to track it down. Do you have Dropbox installed with camera upload activated? Then you might have a chance.

  • shimona

    my samsung galaxy was stolen and i cant recover it

  • John

    The screen on my galaxy s5 cracked so my insurance company mailed me out another one and the package was left on my front door and the package was stolen. Since this was a brand new phone that had not been set up at all, is there anyway to track that phone? I’m sure the thief put their own Sim card in the phone and set it up with their own google acct since the phone came as a blank slate. Is there anyway to track that phone?

  • Archie

    Hi Marc I lost my android phone my uncle blocked the phone so nobody get onto it until we find it I’m pretty sure it’s stolen but it is out of charge completely is there anything I should do or just give up?

    • http://marcknoll.com/ Marc Knoll

      Hi Archie! What do you mean by “blocked”? The sim card? That would mean that the phone itself can still be used. You should still be able to track it if it’s still connected to your Google account. If you changed your Google password, then there’s not much you can do to find it (except the Dropbox method if you have picture upload turned on).

  • E. Mqz

    What exactly will the Android Device Manager “erase”? Once erase will my google account still be connected to that device?

    • http://marcknoll.com/ Marc Knoll

      It will basically do a factory reset, including disconnecting your device from your Google account (and any other account). It will be in the same state as when you first turned it on.

  • satish

    i have lost my samung phone in Bus Travelling /pick Pocketed. can i block imei no so that no body will use the phone or when someboy insert sim i will get number please help me

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    What if I have more devices? how can I select other phone/tablet in android lost.com ?

  • rhonda

    to remotely install this, when I sent the activation text won’t the person see it and know what is going on?

  • erynn

    hi! i had lost my lenovo phone few month ago :( currently using samsung with the same google account to do tracking but it turns to track my current device instead of the lost one. how do i configure this to track the previous devices.(lenovo)

  • hopeless

    Hi, I lost my android phone aug 4 2014. I tried contacting it but it wont ring, it automatically say call ended. Is it in flight mode? I dont know. I just reset it so it doesnt have a password. All my connected accounts like facebook, twitter, ig, google and others were also disconnected since I just reset the phone. It so devastating since the culprit can access my phone very easily without any hassles. All apps to track android phones needs internet and connected google account to locate the phone so Im being very pessimistic about this case. And even if I locate it how can I even prove that its mine since it has very little traces that its mine. Only pictures and some contacts can only prove that its mine which unfortunately were very easy to delete anyway. :( It really saddens me. im now hopeless if I’ll ever have it back. Do you have any other way to track a phone in this case? or any suggestion. I only had that phone for 5 months and now its stolen. :(

  • william

    I cannot get android lost to register

  • siva

    i lossed my mobile some one turn off the mobile and change the sim how can i trace that phone

  • Alba

    Hi do you know if the phone does not have internet access when i lost it, is there another way, like a SMS, to send an alarm or location?? thank you!

  • ashwathy

    hi someone has stolen my sony xperia miro yesterday in a train, could u please help me out

  • Katsg2312

    Do you know of ways to find a windows phone without an app?

  • Nikki Mishra

    http://www.kindlyreturnme.com is best place for to find lost and stolen phones. awareness will stop mobile theft culture from our society.

  • Busymom7

    This information was an incredible help!!! Thank you so much for documenting the variety of options which might help. So grateful!
    Barbara

  • mandy

    hi marc , i hv lost my android phone and the person has changed the sim card too it is away from my reach so please tell me how to install android lost app on my phone.

  • angelica8109

    Okay question, there is an “enable lock and erase” button on the google device manager. If I pressed that could I still locate my phone? Or would it also clear the google account that its connected to therefore making it impossible to locate?

  • Eireene Jairee Gomez

    Hi Marc! Those are such great ways to locate someone’s phone. I tried it w/ some phones and it actually works. But yeah, someone stole my android phone just this weekend. I already tried the Google Play ADM but it wasn’t able to locate my phone. I guess it’s turned off, not connected to the internet or my google account is logged out. Can the IMEI of my phone help me in locating it? That’s my only hope for now I guess. Can you help me with that? I’ll be grateful for your response! Thank you!

  • renee olsen

    Good evening..my samsung s4 was stolen last week..i blacklisted the ph and repirted it to saps..is there any way to still locate the device.mit was onlh 3weeks old..regards renee

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  • Stagewin

    Thanks but none of this really worked. These things will work if the thief is brainless. The first two things a thief would do are remove the simcard and factory reset the phone. Thanks anyways

  • ying

    Hi marc what if my galaxy tablet 10.1 has low battery it has been lost for at least 10 days i think its battery lmight be dead can it still be located? I tried to find it with the android device manager but no luck

  • William

    Is it a way to find the device if it is not connected to internet (turned off?
    I lost my phone for some days ago.

  • Francine

    Hi Marc
    Jumpstart is no longer working, because Android Lost Contact says (July 2014) Google updated their API. Still not fixed. So any ideas what now if I need to remotely connect?

    • Francine

      Sorry I meant not working on Android versions greater than 3.

      • http://marcknoll.com/ Marc Knoll

        Thanks for the info Francine! I updated the article a couple days ago including that information.

  • Helen Ben

    How detailed the information it is. I can’t believe my eyes. It is so helpful for us to find our phone back when our phone is losing. But besides that, I also know another way
    that can be used to track lost phone. It is iKeyMonitor. http://goo.gl/HSOzl1 But according to my understanding, one should install it on the phone before phone lost. Glad to share.

  • SLVR

    Hii can i ask a question.. can i install the app Online am i right ? But first the one who stole my phone need to accept the AndroidLost app if he connect to the Playstore .. but i think my sim card is not already there so do u think i can still recover it ? :/

  • SadStoryGreatAdvice

    I find this really useless… I use Samsung and I hate how these phones can have their back taken off. Also, you could easily reboot them and start from scratch. I had my phone stolen and 6 hours after I came home to start to search for it I found Android Device Manager, the thief like I presumed took out the battery and is just waiting to learn how to reboot the phone. I just lost the phone forever. There still is a way for all phones. When you buy your phone, it comes with all these stickers right? Those are serial codes and there is a reason they are identical, each phone has a unique serial code. When a thief takes your phone you can take that saved serial code and give it to any mobile network carrier, preferably the one you were already using, and they can track that phone once it is connected to the internet, so If the person rebooted or took out the battery, you still have a chance to find your phone. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to figurew the method out until days after my Note 2 was gone. I’m going to go for Note 4 now and take all the precautions I should have with my previous phone.

    • CCARE Rep

      I work as a customer service rep for a major cellular provider. If your device is stolen, and you don’t have any tracking app on your device other than it being linked to your google acct, there is NO way for your cellular provider to track your device. If you report your device stolen to your provider, they can blocklist the device. If the thief attempts to use your device with another provider, your device may work for a day or two, until the other provider realizes the device was stolen and suspends the service. And even when you do have a location app, the device must be on for it to work with the device’s GPS locator. I advise customers to use a 4 digit PIN or swipe pattern to lock their device. If it is entered incorrectly 10 times, it blocks the device and can potentially deactivate the SIM card. There is usually a message to contact the cell provider for a PIN Unblocking Key (PUK) and they would have to provide acct holder’s name as well as other info to verify who they are. If they cannot, and the rep suspects fraudulent activity, there are steps taken to ensure your acct is protected even if we can’t locate where your device is. With all that said, protecting a cellular device is ultimately the user’s responsibility, not the carrier’s or manufacturer’s.

      • smart

        my mobile is stolen. if my mobile on switch off mode then possibility to trace my mobile location through IMEI number ? bcz who stolen my mobile they didn’t remove my sim card. when i make call on my mobile, it is switch off mode. so i thought my sim is safe into the mobile. but in my mobile no any tracking device and do u have anyother way as i can switch of my mobile phone for the forever as he cannot use my cell phone again and he cannot switch no my mobile

  • badman07

    Nice article here comes the advance method to find and locate your android smartphone very easily http://freaksense.com/2014/09/how-to-locate-your-lost-smartphone/

  • shivam

    hey marc i hv lost my grand II nd the thief has switched it off any suggestions

  • Ashlyn Styles

    Hi marc how can I find my android if its turned off and the gps iS turned off ? Without an app and the Android device manager isnt working so what do I do please respond

  • raymond

    hi, is there an app that you can use to track your phone even the phone is off? im thinking about a way to tracked down snatchers by the owner from the moment they notice that their phone is missing. thru this you can catch a lot of bad guys :)

  • raymond

    perhaps manufacturing companies dont really want to help people who losses their phone to get it back , so they can buy again lol, just wondering

  • scott

    I have sprint family locator activated on my stolen tablet. But every time its on and thief is using it, it givse a 2.5 miles radius which is not helpful at all. It was very new so all I had on it was avg free edition. With device manager it doesnt have any location history from upto a week before the theft. I don’t know what to do. And I have looked into a ton of stuff about it these last two weeks.

  • Dmirty Medina

    hey I really need your help. I lost my phone just yesterday, how can I track my android phone while my google account is not signed in my phone? please help me, im dying

  • pradeep

    Hi,

    My device Samsung Galaxy S4 lost during my visit to some outstation in India, 8 days back. I used to work on net but unfortunately not activated the track feature on it. However it was linked with my google account but It is showing no any history / location etc. I blocked my sim on next day i lost my device.

    Now, can anybody suggest if i can locate my phone by any manner if the guy not using internet ? any possibility to make my phone dead for user ?

    Pls suggest ?

  • ekam

    hi so yesterday someone stole my purse from car with my Samsung phone is it still possible to find it cause maybe they deleted my account from the device or maybe they just threw my phone away it would be helpful if I could find my phone because then I could maybe find my purse as well thank you:)

  • hacker

    how to trace a mobile number?

  • Hafiz

    Hello
    I have android phone Galaxy S5 but yesterday night i loss my mobile but my google account was active when i loss my mobile and i already have a password for geing inside can you please guide me what i do i m really very tense.

    please give me a good suggestion

  • Marita Brose

    is there a way that you can tur on the internett for a stolen phone?

  • frank avil

    go to my blog and learn to track a phone even faster with only the phone number
    http://productsforyouh.blogspot.com/

  • chita

    if i install the lostandroid app will the lost lost phone get a notification or message saying im looking for the phone? im afraid the thief will find out by recieving a notification and disconnect from my google account if they recieve a message im searching for my phone!

  • Kamaldeep Singh

    hello freinds….somebody has stolenm my android phone. which method of locating is best…. please tell me…

  • caton Calderon

    Could this work if your phones celular service was turned off?

  • mayowa

    I have lost my samsung but and I have a google account, but the internet wasn’t on when I lost it, is there any way that I could possibly ask my network, giffgaff, to turn it on?

  • mgkins

    Hey all, my husband had his smart phone samsung galaxy s5 stolen today. I noticed you can look in your google profile and find your search history. When I hover over a search that was made, I noticed longitude and latitude coordinates. Does anyone know if this is WHERE the search was made? See screen shot below.

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    • mgkins

      My screen shot isn’t working :(

  • Gabe

    Thank you soooo much! I used the tracker app – it worked perfectly. I owe you 200$ <3

    • http://marcknoll.com/ Marc Knoll

      Hi Gabe,
      That’s great! Hearing success stories like yours really make my day.

  • vence

    Hi Marc, unfortunately I already erased my gmail account after 1 month my phone was lost. It is still possible to locate my phone.

  • Missing my S4

    OK, so my phone is off and has been lost for about a week now, I am desperate to find it. I know it wasn’t stolen because it was my daughter (5) who has lost it. Is there anyway I can use the google maps or anything to find it. We do have another android in the house and was wondering if I could search for it some how that way. PLEASE PLEASE tell me there is hope.

    • http://marcknoll.com/ Marc Knoll

      As long as it’s turned off, you won’t be able to track it. But, if location history was turned on, you should be able to see the phone’s location history (more info about that in the article). Hope you’ll find it!

  • gokul

    sir tell me i have lost my phone tell me how to recover my phone

  • kaz

    OMG THIS SAVED MY LIFE! hahahaha thank you so much i spent 2 days looking for my phone and after reading this i used the Android Device Manager to ring it and found it! I’m one of those constantly silent phone people :/ but again thank you! ;)xx

    • http://marcknoll.com/ Marc Knoll

      Hehe, mine is also mostly in silent mode. Had to do the same thing a couple times already :)

  • http://www.mobilepoint.us/ Mobile Point

    Just lost my phone few hour ago, but i cant able to reset it coz my phone internet connectivity is off. http://www.internet-settings.com

  • Haley

    So my boyfriend lost his phone at work and it is turned off. When called it goes straight to voicemail. He has no tracking device on there now like the GPS of any apps. So I was wondering if there was anyway to track it? Considering it is off and there is no apps downloaded on phone to find it.

    • http://marcknoll.com/ Marc Knoll

      Hi Haley! As long as it’s off, you won’t be able to track it. However, you should check out the location history (see post). If location history is enabled on the phone, you might see its last recorded location.

  • james

    Ive lost my phone and cant find it!!! Im still connected to my google account on it but it is rooted and has no service. will I be able to track it

  • A dude whose really grateful

    So helpful. Thank you SOOOO much!!!

  • BOOM BABA

    WHAT IF I LOADGE A COMPLAINT WITH THE COPS CAN THEY TRACK IT ?

  • Lars

    thank you so much! found my phone right away after seeing this article

  • Rajesh

    How can i send text to my lost phone when it dont have sim card??

  • guest

    thank you for this, marc.

  • Michelle11

    Hi Marc, Thank you for these easy to follow directions! The problem for me is I have two phones both linked to my google account and it tracked my unlost phone. Is there a way to track a second phone?

  • Eric Lamoureux

    Thanks so much for this post. I left my phone at school and with this I was able to make it ring. Luckily a janitor found it

  • Raj

    Here is an Awesome Android application which can bring our lost phone back. Please check out the below link
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.hangover.mobileantitheft

  • Shubhank Bhatia

    sir i hav lost my phone today in the afternoon…n even i dont know whether the battery is in the phone itself or not….plss help me out sir plsss….

  • gina

    i have a lock on my phone and the wifi is turned off,, is there anyway i can track it?

  • ayush sharma

    hello people…i visited hyderabad fpr a few days…i lost my phone at the hotel before 3 hors from my departure train….please help…the device was switched off…there was no battery …i stay in kolkata….please give me best ways…@ ayush [dot] sharma542 [at] gmail [dot] com

  • Edward

    Hi Marc, I hope you can give me any advise on my circumstances. I lost my phone on a Friday night (Oct 17, 11.12pm), a Galaxy S5. Fortunately, I have my GPS and mobile data turned on all the time and the phone is also secured with my fingerprint lock as well as the reactivation lock. The first call I made did reached to my phone but no one picks it up, subsequently I made the second call immediately, the fella who took it then removed the battery to make it dead (I still remember there’s 50% of battery left).

    Currently, I’m using FindMyMobile and Android Device Manager to locate my phone, it has been 3 days since I lost it and I have no response at all when locating them. Until then I saw this article and found this Google History Location, it gives more clues to me showing my phone is still within’ the suburb. But this info is quite limited as it only provides until (18 Oct, 2:55am). There’s no any location history provided in 19/10/2014

    For now, there are few assumptions I can make is that, first, the fella still can’t use my phone because I can see my device on FindMyMobile and ADM but in offline status. I say this is because if he hard reset my device, all my data should be wiped out such as Google account, right? Plus, if he bypass through my Samsung Reactivation Lock, my device also shouldn’t be seen again in FindMyMobile, right?

    But now what I hope is that, the fella would handed the device to the police station as I’d already lodged a loss report. One thing, I might have done wrong is that I deactivated the SIM card inside my phone which could bring connection to the phone. Now the phone doesn’t have any connection at all, so the fella will just stuck at the lock screen as he couldn’t access into my phone to connect to a Wi-Fi.

    You would thought that he will suck up my phone bill but I’m on a postpaid which gives me 3GB data, 300 minutes of international call and quite a substantial amount of time for local calls unless he uses my phone for roaming.

    So do you have any better advice for me? Could the fella, by any chance, could still connect to any internet connection again?

    As you read this, I believe you can no doubt feel my desperation of finding my phone back. Not really because is the phone’s value that matters to me but the personal data inside is very precious to me, that’s why I decided not to wipe out my phone.

    • http://marcknoll.com/ Marc Knoll

      Hi Edward. Sorry to hear about your situation. I’d be desperate as well, no doubt. You’re right, deactivating your SIM card prevents your phone from going online. The only way would be that the guy with your phone is close to a Wi-Fi network that is saved on your device. Besides that, it could go online if the person puts in his SIM card which has a data plan. But then again, why switch SIM cards if the phone has a lockscreen.

      I hope the person manages to get through it somehow so that he connects to the internet somehow. That’s the only promising way I can think of (plus switching SIM cards).

      • Edward

        Thank you Marc for hearing my matter. Initially I was thinking of protecting my phone bills because I am afraid that guy might go out of Australia (which is quite unlikely) so that roaming would charge me up more than what the phone cost itself because he could simply switch SIM card to another phone (I don’t have PIN on SIM card) until I realize this Google location history thingy.

  • Closer Hut

    My samsung galaxy S3 got lost and it isn’t connected to the internet. what can i do? is is gone for good?

  • tarek roukos

    hey marc i just lost my nexus 5 i have android lost on it but the phone is switched off what can i do :/

  • Leean

    Hi! I was just wondering, if you have a tablet and it gets stolen before your one year warranty is up, would you be able to get another one for free, shipped to you?

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