A new feature has been introduced from Google allows Android users to simply 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.
“We’ve all been there – you’ve searched under your car seat, tossed around the sofa cushions and you still can’t find your phone,” said Google in aGoogle+ post.
“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.”
Android Device Manager, introduced in 2013, allows users to locate, lock and delete data from their Android devices over the web. Apple offers an equivalent service called Find My iPhone.
Last month, Google began rolling out an update to Android Device Manager that helps users find their lost smartphone via an Android Wear device such as a smartwatch.
Issuing the command, “Ok Google. Start. Find my phone” will prompt the phone to start ringing at full volume until the Android Wear device is within Bluetooth range.