Official Android Device Manager - Locate, Ring, Wipe and Unlock - Remotely. ALL DEVICES!
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Official Android Device Manager - Locate, Ring, Wipe and Unlock - Remotely. ALL DEVICES!

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Found 8th Aug 2013
Android Device Manager is now live and is auto-rolling out to ALL Android devices this week. Locate your phone, Ring at full volume (even when silent) and Wipe from ANY browser.

To activate - Hit the link AND sign in. (Location may not yet be live on EVERY device).

To activate Remote Wipe - (on your device) go to Settings > Security > Device Administrators.

android.com/dev…ger

Features.
- Ring your device at full volume. Even when its on silent.
- Reset your lockscreen password. (Coming soon.)
- Remote factory reset/wipe lost or stolen devices. (SD card will be unaffected remember.)
- Locate device from any browser. Live very soon! Accurate to <25m.

Android Device Manager is built in to the system. Google Location Services.

HELP support.google.com/acc…d=1

When your device is located, its approximate location is indicated by a blue circle on the map. The device manager also displays the name of the place where the device is located, the time it was located, and when it was last used.

Important: Android Device Manager doesn’t collect a location history or do background location reporting. Therefore it cannot use anymore battery than your device otherwise would. Your device’s approximate location is requested when you first sign in, and this location data is deleted when you sign out of the device manager. If the device is turned off or offline, Google is unable to report its location. The GLS api runs constantly for all apps and - when available - triangulates using cell tower data, wifi and GPS.


So this is finally an official Google made Security centre built into Android 2.2 and up - this is a great FREE Google alternative to 3rd party apps that offer similar functionality such as

Kapersky Mobile Security - £8.95
Phone Locator Pro - £3.50
Cerberus Anti Theft - £1.99
Lookout Pro - £?.?? et al.

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Original Poster

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Edited by: "theGreatSkua" 8th Aug 2013

Original Poster

LOCATION ''MAY'' NOT BE ACTIVATED ON ALL DEVICES YET!!


Great :-)
Got it all set up. I was using lookout until now.
Will give this a try as it allows free remote wipe, which costs on lookout.

Working brilliantly on my s3. Really accurate location reporting on either 3g or Wi-Fi

Soooo good, thank you!

COLD
no one said it requires data connection to be used.

Zanza

COLDno one said it requires data connection to be used.



I believe that Android Key Lime Pie will come with the power of 'The Force' until then, yes, obviously your device will have to be able to communicate with the outside world in some way.

From the Android Device Manager Help linked above:
"If your device is offline, Android Device Manager won’t be able to ring or erase the device until there’s a mobile data or Wi-Fi connection. Select Erase Device in advance, and your device’s data is deleted when it’s back online."

don't get it. is there an app on googleplay? For some reason I don't receive updates so I doubt I'll receive this if it's being "rolled out"

Zanza

COLDno one said it requires data connection to be used.



Is it supposed to locate your phone by magic?

Burkos

don't get it. is there an app on googleplay? For some reason I don't … don't get it. is there an app on googleplay? For some reason I don't receive updates so I doubt I'll receive this if it's being "rolled out"



Youll recieve it direct, not from the play store. Just click the "get deal" button at the top..
Edited by: "scoobysnax" 8th Aug 2013

No joy on Desire Z yet.

Please consider very hard the wisdom of doing as this link asks andd putting in your Google ID and Password

Do you always put IDs and Passwords into a site that pops up under a link ?



Edited by: "ccnp" 8th Aug 2013

Excellent. Works perfectly on Nexus 7

Shame it doesn't have virus scanning like Lookout

androidlost.com/

Is a much better free alternative that i've used for years.

Original Poster

Zanza

COLDno one said it requires data connection to be used.



Google location services use data or WiFi. So once connected it will show up.

But you knew that already didn't you.

Because it's common sense.

Original Poster

simonhawking

Shame it doesn't have virus scanning like Lookout



That statement would be correct if it were even possible for Android/ Linux to get a 'virus'.

But keep rubbing in your snake oil - you'll be fine.

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Smash41

http://www.androidlost.com/Is a much better free alternative that i've … http://www.androidlost.com/Is a much better free alternative that i've used for years.



So you'd rather grant a free and faceless 3rd party app permissions to your messages, phone, camera, contacts and ALL accounts on your phone. Lol.

Post it then if its so good. See how hot it gets...



Edited by: "theGreatSkua" 8th Aug 2013

theGreatSkua

So you'd rather grant a free and faceless 3rd party app permissions to … So you'd rather grant a free and faceless 3rd party app permissions to your messages, phone, camera, contacts and ALL accounts on your phone. Lol.



The 13k 5* reviews would suggest its legit.
play.google.com/sto…ost
Edited by: "Smash41" 8th Aug 2013

hoooot!

thanks for replying scoobysnax but what am I missing here? Sorry for my ignorance, but surely I don't have to go through the hot deals link,that you suggest each time I want to track my phone or if it gets stolen. what if I can't find my phone in the house n I want to make it ring. what then? Again,please excuse my ignorance but would you mind elaborating please.

Original Poster

Bookmark the link on your laptop. Or just search 'Google Android Device Manager'.

Sign in from ANY browser to locate your phone or make it ring. Eg your PC or tablet. Or another phones browser.

Edited by: "theGreatSkua" 8th Aug 2013

Burkos

thanks for replying scoobysnax but what am I missing here? Sorry for my … thanks for replying scoobysnax but what am I missing here? Sorry for my ignorance, but surely I don't have to go through the hot deals link,that you suggest each time I want to track my phone or if it gets stolen. what if I can't find my phone in the house n I want to make it ring. what then? Again,please excuse my ignorance but would you mind elaborating please.



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Anyone noticed any increased battery drain as a consequence of this being installed? (not sure if the Android device is required to "phone home" more often to support this service?)

I didn't have to 'install' anything.
Hit the link (I'm already signed into google to read my emails etc)
All my devices are listed - click which one to locate.. works great

theGreatSkua

It's part of Google Location Services. Therefore it won't use extra … It's part of Google Location Services. Therefore it won't use extra battery unless you are calling it.


Could be a coincidence, but my wife reported that her Galaxy Note 2 suddenly lost alot more battery than usual yesterday, and the GPS service was the 2nd highest battery consumer

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itm2

Could be a coincidence, but my wife reported that her Galaxy Note 2 … Could be a coincidence, but my wife reported that her Galaxy Note 2 suddenly lost alot more battery than usual yesterday, and the GPS service was the 2nd highest battery consumer



That is a rogue app then. This isnt reliant on GPS or data. It only uses GLS which runs all the time anyway.
Edited by: "theGreatSkua" 8th Aug 2013

theGreatSkua

That is a rogue app then. This isnt reliant on GPS or data. It only uses … That is a rogue app then. This isnt reliant on GPS or data. It only uses GLS which runs all the time anyway.



I'm struggling to comprehend that - surely GLS itself requires both GPS and data to determine and report the phone's location? I was thinking that maybe this new service was increasing the frequency of GLS's location tracking and reporting???

theGreatSkua

That statement would be correct if it were even possible for Android/ … That statement would be correct if it were even possible for Android/ Linux to get a 'virus'.But keep rubbing in your snake oil - you'll be fine.



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Original Poster

You can only grant permissions to rogue/ unofficial apps that will harvest your information and potentially cost you. Therefore it would be your fault for ticking 'allow unknown sources' and installing dodgy apps.

Any Linux based OS doesn't get traditional Windows type 'viruses' that 'infect' your system. If you knew anything you'd know that.

Third party apps been doing this sort of thing for a while, and doing it very well.

Good to see Google getting on the scene though, about time too.

Original Poster

itm2

I'm struggling to comprehend that - surely GLS itself requires both GPS … I'm struggling to comprehend that - surely GLS itself requires both GPS and data to determine and report the phone's location? I was thinking that maybe this new service was increasing the frequency of GLS's location tracking and reporting???



It can operate on WiFi only. It's either an app or the battery usage stats being off. They are never 100% accurate. And frequently show odd results over 1 charge cycle.

Nothing to worry about. Far more likely to be Facebook or EBay apps playing up. They are both big drains.

Tried the ring mobile feature. It said phone would ring for 5 minutes, it actually rang for 2 seconds, my phone displayed a message saying Google play services had stopped working. Since I updated to android 4.3 lots of apps often stop working.

Original Poster

Settings > Apps > All > Goolgle Play Services > Clear app data and cache.

Very handy. Wish that was live when I lost my phone a few months ago.

Good to have. I still like Lookouts photo feature - it snaps a photo and emails you if someone gets the unlock code wrong three times in quick succession. Could get annoying I suppose if it is a child or annoying work colleague, but a neat feature nonetheless

Heated, spread the word!!

I was logged into my google account, did nothing to my phone and installed nothing new and it worked really well. Thanks for the heads up OP.

google.com/and…ger

I clicked on ring for my dgm t1006 tablet and it said 'device was rung' but nothing actually happened
OSF not working either, does the location have to show available for it to ring or is wi-fi suffice?

Edited by: "has2Bcheaper" 8th Aug 2013

Zanza

COLDno one said it requires data connection to be used.



Not sure if trolling or just stupid.

Sounds good, but anyone use Samsung "Find My Mobile", and does it offer anything more?
Can you use both?
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