Google has a new feature that allows Android users to just type ‘find my phone’ into a Google search box to find their lost or missing smartphone.
As long as they are logged in with the same Google account that is registered on their smartphone, they will be presented with a map revealing the device’s current location. If the device is nearby, they can also ask it to ring.
In the case that it has been stolen, for example, the Find My Phone feature does not allow users to lock or wipe their device remotely. However, they can do this through the existing Android Device Manager.
“If you know where your computer is, you can now ask Google to find your Android phone from your desktop. If the pesky phone is hiding nearby, Google can ring it for you – or you can see it on the map if you, say, forgot it at the bar.”