There aren’t many instances in the modern world more terrifying than realizing you are no longer in possession of your cell phone. You can have your friends try to call it, you can retrace your steps, but no matter how hard you try, you just can’t figure out where it went.
But before you start to panic, you remember that you were smart enough to set up Android Device Manager before you left the house.
Over the weekend, Business Insider put together an exceedingly simple guide to setting up Android Device Manager on your phone. With Device Manager enabled, you will be able to locate your device, make it ring for up to five minutes straight, lock it or even erase all of its data.
Here are the steps you need to take to set up Device Manager on your Android phone:
- Open the “Settings” menu
- Tap on the “Security” section
- Navigate to Android Device Manager (which might be inside a menu titled “Device Administrators”)
- Check the box for Android Device Manager
Once you’ve activated Device Manager, you can head to http://www.android.com/devicemanager at any time to begin tracking your device. The site will tell you where your phone is located, when it was located and when it was last online. You will also be given the options to make your phone ring, lock your phone or erase all of your data.
Be sure to check out the source link below for a detailed guide (with photos!) on how to set up Device Manager.