This guide will explain some of the steps users will need to take to find a lost or stolen LG G4. Some of these should be done now, and others will help if the unfortunate event happens and your G4 goes missing. One of the worst gut-wrenching feeling in the world is that of losing a smartphone. They are an essential part of most owners lives, not to mention usually hold tons of sensitive data. If your phone is lost or 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 LG G4 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 all users should know about. It has been available for quite a while, but last year it 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 LG G4.
We’ve just passed two of the highest months of the year for smartphone theft, which happens to be April and May, and the chances of your new LG G4 getting lost or stolen is still somewhat high all summer long. People are out and about, hanging out at the pool, going shopping, school is out and more. People our outdoors more this time of year. 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, received a few new ones earlier this year, and below we’ll go over the benefits and how to do it.
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The new Android Device Manager will let users locate their LG G4 and remotely wipe and delete all data and information if needed right from their home PC, laptop or tablet. 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 an LG G4 is lost at home or a friends house the Android Device Manager can increase the volume to 100% and ring at full blast to help you find it, or even wipe out all of your user 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 the LG G4 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 it was just installed it on, but can also manage and access other devices right from this app on a mobile device. Meaning you can use this on your LG G Pad 8 to find your G4, 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 LG G4.
Once installed users should 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 any new Android device.
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 the LG G4 to something more personal, 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 LG G4
Using the ADM on another device, or from a PC you’ll navigate to the Android Device Manager page and track the LG G4. In my case above I’m looking for my Google Play Edition Galaxy S4, but you’ll be looking for the G4 (or any Android device for that matter) so simply find it from the dropdown menu. 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 LG G4 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 G4 at home, or even wipe all your data if your fears come true and someone steals it.
To sum things up all you need is the Android Device Manager installed on the LG G4, then you can use any other Android device or your desktop to find, retrieve, make it ring, wipe, or lock it. Whatever the case may be, Google has you covered.
There’s also a new feature where any user that’s logged into their Gmail account can go into a browser like Google Chrome and type “Find My Phone” and it will automatically launch the Android Device Manager and find all devices connected to that account, and enable all the options mentioned and shown above. Hopefully no one needs to use the ADM to find a lost or stolen device, but if so, these steps are some of the best options available.