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How to Track an Android Phone or Tablet

We store lots of private and business information in our phones, and losing mobile devices, especially smartphones (Android or iPhone), is a huge stress. If you experience that you constantly lose your phone, prefer to enable a tracking app on it. It is a good move to track your smartphone as they are connected to a mobile or Wi-Fi connection. Knowing how to track smartphones is beneficial for family members to keep track of kids' (members) location.

How to Track an Android Phone or Tablet

If you are an Android phone user, several apps on Google Play Store and third-party tools help you track your phone's location. Here, we will discuss some user-friendly resources that can be used to track (find) your lost and stolen devices when they are turned on and connected to an internet connection.

What is mobile phone tracking?

Mobile phone tracking refers to following your lost/stolen phone to get it back. You may use a tracking app to get your stolen phone or at least prevent access to your phone. However, you must have to set up the tracking app on your Android or iPhone before it's lost/stolen.

Suppose you are using a phone tracking tool to locate it and catch the thief. It is advised to take the help of your local police department for retrieving your phone. You don't know the person who stole your smartphone would be armed and dangerous.

Note: We strictly discourage using phone tracker apps to follow anyone for unethical purposes.

Can I track my Android phone if I never set up a tracking app?

Unfortunately, you can't correctly track your Android phone if you don't set up any tracking app before it's lost or stolen. Many popular phone tracking apps are available; you need to set up them before your Android phone is lost or stolen to track them.

The phone not set up with a tracking app doesn't provide complete functionality, and you have minimal chances to find its location. So, taking proactive measures is extremely important.

If not, you turn on the phone's location (or GPS), and Google keeps the record of location history. You can take the help of Maps location to locate it. Log in to the Maps location history with the same Google account you used on your phone to see the entire location data.

How to track an Android phone (device)

Tons of apps and tools let you track your Android phone. You may use the built-in device's feature or third-party apps to set up and track your phone. Many popular phone manufacturers (Google, Samsung, iPhone) provide tracking tools to locate the phone.

Google offers its Find My Device app to track your Android phone. It came pre-installed on many Android smartphones. In many phones, it is present inside the Settings menu. If it is missing in your device, download it from the Google Play Store.

Samsung has its own tracking apps for its Samsung Galaxy smartphone. Here, we will illustrate all these apps to track your Android smartphones. You may use it as per your phone support.

Google's Find My Device app:

Google's Find My Device app is specifically developed for Android smartphones to track them. It gets automatically activated if you add your Google account to your phone. If this app is not present on your phone, feel free to download it from the Play Store and track your phone.

How to Track an Android Phone or Tablet

In addition to tracking your Android phone and tablet, Find My Device also facilitates the remote erase of data from your device. You can write a message with the phone number before you lock your device remotely. The people who find your phone might be contacted on the given number. You can use the Find My Device app to perform tasks such as playing sound to find, locking to secure the device, and erasing device data.

Remotely find, lock, or erase Android device:

  1. Navigate to the web URL com/android/find and sign in with your Google Account:
    • On this web page, Google Find My Device, you will see your Android phone (device)
    • All will appear here if you use multiple phones with the same Google account
    • Click on the lost phone you want to find, lock, or erase data
  2. Your lost Android phone gets a notification.
  3. Zoom in the map, and you will get information about where your phone is:
    • The location you see on the map is approximate and near. It might not be accurate
    • If you can't find your phone, you will see its last known location, if available
  4. Select the operation you want to perform on your lost phone:
    • Play sound: Click on the Play Sound section to ring your device for 5 minutes. The device rings even when it is set to silent mode
    • Secure & Erase: Set up your device to lock and secure its data. You may also choose to erase your phone

Samsung's tracking features (SmartThings Find)

How to Track an Android Phone or Tablet

Samsung provides its tracking feature to find its smartphone. Samsung offers "SmartThings Find," formally called "Find My Mobile". It supports finding devices such as Galaxy phones, tablets, smartwatches, and other Samsung devices. People having Samsung accounts can only use this specific feature. To use SmartThings Find, you need to set up a Samsung account. It works better than Google's Find My Device for Samsung users.

Samsung's SmartThings Find tools locate lost devices even if they are not connected to a network, allow sharing your location with others, and get a notification when the device leaves a location.

Navigate to the web URL and log in with your Samsung account. On the left panel, all your devices appear. Select the devices you want to track or perform any other activity. Once you select the device, a menu with several options appears Ring, Lock, Track location, Erase data, etc. These menu options vary based on the device you selected.

  • Ring: It will ring your phone at high volume for up to one minute even if the device is at vibration or silent
  • Lock: It lets you remotely add a PIN lock on your phone, add a contact number, and display a message on the phone's lock screen
  • Track location: It updates the location of your device every 15 minutes
  • Erase data: It completely wipes the phone's data and sets it back to the stage when it was new
  • Unlock: It helps to unlock your phone if you forget the PIN, Password, or pattern draw

After setting up the SmartThings Find, it helps to control your phone even remotely.

Secretly track the phone location without knowing them

Many tools are also available to secretly track Android or iPhone locations without knowing the phone user. One such platform is the Minspy web portal, which makes this task simple. You need to perform some setup before the phone gets lost.

How to Track an Android Phone or Tablet

Here are the steps to track Android phones and tablets using Minspy:

  1. Visit Minspy's official website ( and sign up to create your account. Choose a subscription plan you want to use. However, long-term plans avoid regular renewals and for more savings.
  2. Download and install the Minspy app on the target device.
  3. Sign in to your Minspy account, which will take you to the Dashboard section to monitor your Android device.
  4. Click on the Locations menu to track the phone's location.

There are also other options available you can perform to your target device, such as Messages, Calls, Contacts, Calendars, Dashboard, etc.

Apps to track and find your Android phone

If you do not find (or do not like) any native way to track your missing phone, you can opt for third-party phone tracking apps for such activity. Third-party phone tracking apps are suggested for the subscription plan, and they store your signup information over the server.

If you are considering using third-party phone tracking apps or tools, read their term and conditions (privacy) policy before signing up or registering on them. Below, we have illustrated some tracking apps for Android and iPhone.

Life360: Family Locator & GPS Tracker

Life360 phone tracking app is designed for families and lets you track all your family members by tracking their smartphones. Using this app, one family member can find another's lost phone where it is.

How to Track an Android Phone or Tablet

How the Life360 app works:

  1. First, download and install the Life360 app on your Android device
  2. Create your private circle and invite only family
  3. Choose the app's membership plan that fits your family's needs
  4. Now you can monitor or track your loved ones on the go, over the night, on the road, and beyond


If you are worried that your phone might be lost or stolen, then you can use the Cerberus phone tracking app. Cerberus is a better phone tracking app with various security features to access your lost or stolen phone remotely. It lets you play high volume alarm, lock your phone, take pictures from the front camera to disclose any thieves, and wipe complete personal data. It acts as a family app with different options for children and adults.

How to Track an Android Phone or Tablet

Features that the Cerberus app provides are:

  • Locate lost or stolen phones on the map
  • Start the alarm to find it if near you
  • Support to lock and wipe data to protect your information
  • Take pictures of the thief to identify
  • Support to backup your data
  • Android Wear OS support and a lot more

Where's My Droid

Where's My Droid is a phone tracking app for Android. It locates your phone by making it ring, tracking the phone's GPS location, and capturing photos of its surroundings. Even if you do not find your device while ringing and sending pictures, the Where's My Droid app offers features to set passwords on your phone. You may also wipe phone data as a last resort. Settings up a password on your phone to protect your data from unauthorized access. On the other hand, wiping complete data on your phone sets it to the phone's initial state. The app is free to use (along with a paid service having more advanced features).

How to Track an Android Phone or Tablet

Lost Phone:

To find and track a lost phone, the Where's My Droid app turns the ringing volume to its maximum level and makes the phone ring. Suppose you cannot hear the phone ringing due to being far away from the device. Use the GPS coordinate feature with a link over Google Maps to track it. Where's My Droid allows users to track phones from anywhere with their online Commander system.

Stolen Phone:

If your phone gets stolen, add a password remotely on your device so a thief can't access your phone to get any information. The app also allows you to lock your stolen phone or completely wipe its data.

Locking up a phone makes it unusable, and you can try to track your lost phone's location. If there is no chance of getting it back, opt for the wipe option that will erase your personal information, and no one can misuse it.

Features offered by Where's My Droid app are:

  • Find the phone by making it ring/vibrate
  • Find the phone using GPS location
  • Remotely wipe phone data and SD card
  • Take pictures with the device's camera
  • Prevent the app from being uninstalled

Famisafe location tracking

Famisafe is a popular parental control Android app that tracks (kids' or family members') phone locations accurately. It shows the device's location on maps, including the latest update time and battery level. The Famisafe app also facilitates monitoring and managing phone screen time.

How to Track an Android Phone or Tablet

When suspicious photos and texts are detected on the target device, it notifies the parents monitoring their kid's phone. The app is helpful for parents who want to keep their eyes on their child.

Some other features of the Famisafe app are:

  • Monitor your kids' (or other family member's) current location to ensure safety
  • Track location history by time interval
  • Set geofence and get alert notifications when they break
  • Find friends, find phones, family search

Ask Google Assistant to Find My Phone

If you are still looking for your Android phone or tablet, even at home, use Google Assistant services. It would help to have a smart speaker setup, such as Google Nest Mini or Home Hub, to track your phone inside the home.

Just ask Google Assistant to "Find My Phone" or "Hey Google, where is my phone?" to ring the phone. Suppose Google smart speaker asks which device you want to find. Command it to "Find my phone", and the Google smart speaker makes your phone ring until you unlock it. It is the easiest way to find your Android phone buried under clothes or papers or slipped under the sofa.

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