Losing your favorite Android smartphone because it is stolen or left somewhere is something that cannot be avoided. Actually, there are currently many ways to track the lost Android with various applications, but unfortunately most of us have never installed the application before the Android is gone.

But this is not the end of everything because now Carisinyal will review how to track the lost Android without using a special tracking application. Yes, we will try to keep track of the various features and applications that are usually installed on every Android device.


1. Using Android Device Manager

Your device is linked with a Google account
Your device is connected to the Internet
Setting up Android Device Manager (ADM) to track your device (already ON by default)
ADM settings to lock and erase data in it (OFF by default)
Android Device Manager is an official feature from Google for tracking Android smartphones and tablets. This feature is usually available directly on every Android device so you don’t need to install additional applications. To set it you can open Google Settings then select the option Android Device Manager.

To track a lost Android, you can go to the official website via a PC or mobile device. You can also track it by using the Android Device Manager application on another Android device, how to:

Download the ADM application here.

Sign in with guest mode using your Google account.
Start tracking your Android. Besides tracking, you can also sound a ringtone or delete all the data in it.
If your Android device is untraceable, then it is most likely not connected to the internet, turned off, or was reset and replaced with another Google account. This is one of the downsides of ADM, but you can keep trying to trace it in the hopes that it will turn on and reconnect to the internet.

2. Using Android Lost

Your device is linked with a Google account
Your device is connected to the internet
The next way is to install the Android Lost application on the lost Android device. Android Lost has better features than ADM so the success rate of tracking it will be higher. Here are the steps:

Step 1: Install Android Lost

Open the Google Play Store on a PC, log in with your Google account, then install the Android Lost application.

Step 2: Unlock Android Lost

After the application is installed, send an SMS with the contents “androidlost register” to the lost Android number to activate it automatically. You can send the SMS from any number and device.

If the lost Android is a tablet that only supports WiFi networks, then you must first install the AndroidLost Jumpstart application before installing the Android Lost application.

Step 3: Login on the Android Lost site

Open the Android Lost site then log in using your Google account. After that you will be able to access and control the activity of the lost Android device such as:

Read incoming SMS
Turns on the alarm with the screen flashing
Shows the location of the device
Lock and unlock
Erase all data in it
Erase SD card
Shoot with the front or rear camera
Of course, all these features and functions will only work if the lost Android device is connected to the Internet and is still using your Google account. If the thief has changed it, this application will automatically be useless.

In addition, this application is also quite vulnerable to being noticed by the thief because there will be notifications about applications that have just been installed on the device. Although this application will be installed under the name “Personal Notes”, but the thief will immediately know the real application when opening it.

3. Using Plan B

Your device is linked with a Google account
Your device is connected to the internet
If the lost Android device is still running on the Android 2.0 to 2.3 operating system, then use the Plan B application. Installing it is the same as installing the Android Lost application, but you don’t need to activate it.

Once installed this application will provide location information via Gmail automatically every 10 minutes. You can also find out manually by sending an SMS with the contents “locate” to the lost Android device.

4. Using Google Maps

Your device is linked with a Google account
Your device is connected to the internet
Location Reporting and Location History in Google Settings are ON
Unlike the Android Device Manager, the Location History feature contained in Google Maps is not made to track a lost smartphone, but only to record the location of your trip. However, you can still trick it to track down the lost Android.

Friend Locator15 Lost or Stolen Android Mobile Tracking Application

The trick, open Google Maps Location History then click “Show timestamps” under the calendar to see a list of times where your Android location was recorded. Open one by one the list to see where the device has been.

Unlike Android Device Manager which uses GPS for tracking, Location History only uses location reports from Wi-Fi or BTS towers. With so the level of accuracy of this feature may be a little less precise.

One of the advantages of Location History is its ability to track Android’s location automatically at any given period of time. If your smartphone is stolen, then you can monitor which places are frequently visited to suspect the home of the perpetrator.

5. Using Dropbox

Dropbox cloud storage service


Your device is connected to the internet
The “Camera Upload” feature in Dropbox has been activated
If the lost Android device has the Dropbox application installed and you have activated the “Camera Upload” feature, then you can trick it to track the lost Android.

Yes, with this feature, the Dropbox application will immediately upload all photos taken by the Android device. That way you can find out who is using it or track its whereabouts if you know where the photo was taken.

Those are some ways to track Android that you can do if the device doesn’t yet have a tracking application. You can read this article if you want to know which applications are reliable for tracking lost Android. Meanwhile, to track a lost iPhone or iPad, you can read the tips and tricks here.