There is nothing worse these days than the gut-wrenching feeling of losing a smartphone. Especially if you lose your brand new Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Smartphones are an essential part of most owners lives, not to mention they usually hold tons of sensitive data. If the unfortunate event happens, or it gets stolen, you’ll want to be prepared for the situation.
When it comes to protecting or recovering your smartphone from loss or theft there are a few different options available for Android users. If you happen to lose your Galaxy Note 4 you’ll want to have Google’s Android Device Manager installed to save the day.
Similar to Apple’s Find My iPhone, Google has its own option called the Android Device Manager that al users should know about. It has been available for quite a while, but last year was finally updated to offer enough features worth talking about. Users can find a lost device inside their own home, or on the other side of the city. Read on for more details on how to find your lost Galaxy Note 4.
We’re coming up on the two highest months of the year for smartphone theft, which happens to be April and May, and the chances of your new Galaxy Note 4 getting lost or stolen is still somewhat high all summer long. People are out and about, going shopping, hanging out at the pool or just generally out of the house as weather improves. If you value that brand new smartphone, you’ll want to be prepared in case of an incident.
You’ll want to be protected year-round because finding a lost or stolen Android device can be a rather tough task, not to mention trying to secure all the important and often times sensitive information that’s on our smartphones these days. Android Device Manager isn’t talked about too often by Google, but it should be. It was updated back in 2013 with tons of features that makes it something everyone should install and setup, and below we’ll go over the benefits and how to do it.
The new Android Device Manager will let users locate their Galaxy Note 4, and remotely wipe and delete all data and information if needed right from their home PC or laptop. There’s also a lock feature if you’d rather not wipe all your data, but clearing out your information may be the safest bet. Then Google added an option to make your device ring if you simply can’t find it, which is pretty neat.
If your Galaxy Note 4 is lost at home or a friends house the Android Device Manager can crank the volume to 100% and ring at full blast to help you find it, or wipe out all the data and lock the screen if you fear it has been lost or stolen. These are essential to protect your information, so lets get started.
To activate your new Galaxy Note 4 head to the Google Play Store and download the official Android Device Manager application. Not only will this application explain how the ADM works, let you setup the device you’ve just installed it on, but you can also manage and access other devices right from this app on a mobile device. Meaning you can use this on your Galaxy Tab S to find your Note 4, or on any Android device to find any other Android smartphone or tablet. The image below is from an HTC One M8, but the same setup is required on the Note 4.
Once installed you’ll want to open the app and learn about the Android Device Manager, and hit the “Setup Lock & Erase” button down below to get everything setup. It’s all self-explanatory and very easy to do, so don’t hesitate to complete this as soon as you get your Note 4.
Users can also get started and all set up by going to www.google.com/android/devicemanager on your computer. This will instantly launch the ADM service which will let you scroll through your list of devices. Here is where you can name your Galaxy Note 4, find its location, or wipe all data as we mentioned above. Scroll through the list if you have more than one device, and let the ADM do all the work.
Find Your Lost Galaxy Note 4
Using the ADM on another device, or from a PC you’ll navigate to the Android Device Manager page and track your Galaxy Note 4. In my case above I’m looking for my Google Play Edition Galaxy S4, but you’ll be looking for the Galaxy Note 4 (or any Android device for that matter) so simply find it from the dropdown. If you renamed it, look for that name. The Android Device Manager uses GPS and Wi-Fi to track the location, often times down to a few feet, and you’re all set.
From here the GPS locate button will track the lost or stolen device for you. Google warns users to never try and retrieve a lost device themselves, and to contact the police. We’d have to agree. Bringing an officer of the law with you to try and retrieve a stolen smartphone is probably your best and safest bet.
In our screenshot above the location isn’t extremely accurate, showing 24 meters, but that’s because I’m in a gated community and I usually have GPS disabled on my smartphone. For most users this will be deadly accurate, and you’ll find that Galaxy Note 4 in a matter of seconds. This is also the same place where you can hit the “Ring” button to make some noise and find your lost Galaxy Note 4 at home, or even wipe all your data if your fears come true and someone steals it. Never touch another persons smartphone, that’s just not cool.
To sum things up all you need is the Android Device Manager installed on your Galaxy Note 4, then you can use any other Android device or your desktop to find, retrieve, make ring, wipe, or lock your Note. Whatever the case may be, Google has you covered.
It’s also worth mentioning that Samsung has their own protection tools integrated into the Note 4 called Reactivation Lock. One that will actually lock the device (even after a factory data reset) so thieves can’t use it after it has been stolen. Requiring a thief to enter your Samsung login credentials before being able to factory data reset the device.
This means they can’t wipe it out, and you’ll still be able to log into the Android Device Manager and find it, because they weren’t able to erase the device. Combine everything above, and you should be pretty well protected.