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Lost Smartphone? 6 Free Tracking Apps

You've misplaced your smartphone, again -- or worse, it's been stolen. One of these handy iPhone or Android apps can help you locate it fast.
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Late to the phone-finder game, Google released Android Device Manager in August. Like Apple's Find My iPhone, Google's locator works great when your phone is lurking somewhere in your home or office. If you just can't find the little devil, and you can't call it from another phone because the ringer's off, just sign into your Google account from another device and click the tool's link. The location of your phone or tablet will display on a map and you can instruct Android Device Manager to ring your phone; it will override vibrate or silent mode with maximum ringtone volume.

If you think your phone is in the wrong hands, Android Device Manager lets you erase all the data on your device. To do this, however, you must enable the option in the app's Settings ahead of time.

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Laurianne
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9/12/2013 | 5:34:44 PM
re: Lost Smartphone? 6 Free Tracking Apps
AndroidLost and Plan B work after the fact. Interesting option that I did not know about. Where is the craziest place you've left your smartphone, readers?
Blinking flower
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Blinking flower,
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9/10/2014 | 11:47:21 PM
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Is it true? I can't believe this. Before I read this, I only saw iKeyMonitor on some websites and it introduced this software can track lost or stolen phone. Now I have more ways to find my phone if my phone is gone.
Cara Latham
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9/12/2013 | 5:57:34 PM
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I've personally used Lookout and appreciate both having the tracking ability as well as the security. I recommend it.
Aroper-VEC
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9/12/2013 | 5:59:09 PM
re: Lost Smartphone? 6 Free Tracking Apps
I hate to be a nit-pick, but I've seen this error too many times and it's in the title line; "...you locate it fast." You cannot locate anything "fast", you can locate it quickly.

For reference: http://oilpatchwriting.wordpre...

As for the content of the article, this is assuming that the device is on, has a connection to the Internet, and hasn't been wiped or bricked by the perpetrator and you utilize these tools long before any of the preceding has happened. Plus, why use another app when there is the free and integrated solution called "Find my iPhone" for the iOS device train?
GAProgrammer
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9/12/2013 | 7:10:01 PM
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Probably because not everyone uses iOS.
mak63
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10/3/2013 | 2:19:55 AM
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I have Prey installed for almost a year. Luckily, i've never had to use it. I also have Avira Android Security; which is free. It has neat features like the ones Cara mentioned for Lookout and many more. Highly recommend it. No, i don't work for them, but i know Avira for a long time. Very good antivirus
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2/9/2014 | 9:32:50 PM
find iphone with imei
Don't get desparate if you got your Iphone stolen/lost. If you know your IMEI code try https://www.facebook.com/Iphonetrace or http://www.iphonetrace.com/
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4/13/2014 | 11:14:49 AM
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7/23/2014 | 3:34:02 AM
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