Google now offers users more ways way of finding their phone

By Shrey Pacheco | Updated Jun 03 2016
Google now offers users more ways way of finding their phone
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Google’s My Account hub now offers a Find My Phone section that will allow users to locate, lock or call their device.

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Google will now offer users a new way of locating lost Android and iOS smartphones. The company’s My Account hub now offers a new Find My Phone section that can be used to access a list of handsets that the user owns. Clicking on any of them brings up a list of options. These include ringing the phone or locating it on Google Maps. In addition, users can choose to lock the device with a password, and set a message and callback number for anyone who finds the phone. Users can also sign out or erase all data from the device. Google also says that the feature will soon be accessible by searching for “I lost my phone” on Google. Further, Google announced that users would soon be able to access the My Account hub by searching for their own name. 

Guemmy Kim, Product Manager, Account Controls and Settings at Google, said in a blog post, “When you entrust your data to Google, you should expect powerful security and privacy controls. These features are just the latest in our ongoing efforts to protect you and your personal information.”

Google already offers a number of ways for users to help locate their smartphone. Back in 2014, the company updated the Android Device Manager that would allow the user to lock their phone or let it ring. Last year, Google introduced a feature wherein users would be able to locate their device by searching “Find my phone” on Google.

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Shrey Pacheco

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