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A secret Google search feature every Android user should know about

Published Feb 26th, 2016 9:43AM EST
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We regularly share hidden iPhone features with readers for one simple reason: there’s so much functionality packed into Apple’s iPhone that it’s impossible for anyone to remember it all. The same can be said of Google’s search product, which is why we also dive into Google search tips all the time. For example, check out this post covering 20 search tricks that will change the way you use Google.

There’s one Google search trick in particular that every single Android user needs to know about, and we’ll explain how it works in this post.

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Google is a brilliant company that always finds smart ways to tie its various products in together. This is a great strategy for several reasons but since Google’s core business is advertising, it can target ads much better to people who use many Google services as opposed to people who use just one or two.

One great trend that has formed over the past few years is the increasing number of tie-ins between Google search and Android. Google Now was born in part from this relationship, but it extends beyond Google’s intelligent assistant. For example, if you search for directions in Google Maps in your desktop browser, you can use Google’s “Send to phone” feature to start navigating on your handset in seconds.

Here’s another great search integration that every Android user needs to know about:

Say you misplaced your smartphone. Maybe you left it at work, or perhaps it’s at the gym in your locker. Or maybe it’s upstairs in your bedroom and you simply didn’t see it under a pile of laundry. Rather than freak out running around from place to place, type the following phrase into a Google search box on any computer or mobile device on which you’re logged in:

“Where’s my phone?”

Pretty straightforward, no? Typing that phrase will instantly launch Google’s phone-finder tool and you’ll see your phone’s location on a map. Did it turn out to be upstairs in a bedroom like we said? There’s also a feature in Google’s phone-finder that will let you set the phone to full volume and make the ringer play so it can be located more easily.

Zach Epstein
Zach Epstein Executive Editor

Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content. Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment.

His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.