Lost your smartphone? Well, you don't need to panic at all! If you phone went missing or has been stolen, we have got a solution for you.
There are loads of apps on the Google Play store which can help you track your device, giving you the exact location and other options such as total erase, lock down and track.
If that's not enough then these tracking apps can click a snapshot of the perpetrator or record their audio with your phone's microphone.
Yes, these apps can do that and more. Only some of them can be installed after the phone is lost. The rest of them are preventive measures, meaning you should already have them before something bad happens to your device. With that out of the way, let's go get your phone back.
Where’s My Droid
Where's My Droid is a tracking app to help you locate your phone. When your smartphone goes missing, sending a code via text will make the phone ring and another text code sends you the GPS coordinates of the phone.
Alternatively, you can remotely control your phone by connecting it to the Commander option, a web-based interface. Where's My Droid also offers a Pro version which lets you take pictures with the camera remote lock the phone rendering it impenetrable or remote wipe the app to save your data from misuse.
If you had not install any tracking app before your Android device was stolen or misplaced, Plan B is for you. Plan B is an app which locates your smartphone using cell towers and GPS, then sends the location of your smartphone to your Gmail Inbox. In some smartphones, Plan B can enable the GPS and it will update the user about the location every 10 minutes.
Android Lost Free
This app is not only perfect for finding your lost phone, it will also irritate the thief. You can activate the alarm to ring with a flashing screen, enable and disable the GPS, data and Wi-Fi connection, remote wipe the SD card, and get their latest call list. Although it's a free app, the app lets you take pictures from the smartphone camera (front and rear) and make your phone speak using text-to-speech. Once the SIM card is changed, you will be informed via email.
This is a simple app which lets you locate your phone via GPS, track changes made to the SIM card and view the pictures that have been taken by the smartphone all through the Web.
This app comprises of all the regulars, remote lock and wipe, SMS activation, ring alert even in silent mode, hide from view mode, and GPS-enabling feature. You can also retrieve the most recent call logs and it works even without a SIM card plugged in.
Cerberus has all the features including remote alarm trigger, tracking via GPS, remote wipe of the SD card as well as the internal storage, remote lock of the phone, plus alerts of a SIM change. You can also record audio from the microphone.
This app should be installed before the phone goes missing. To activate this app, send an SMS with the words "GO PREY" in caps, then log into the Control Panel via the Web to mark the device as ‘Missing'. You can then receive notices of where your phone is. The app is hidden and can only be uninstalled with a password.
Lookout Security & Antivirus
With this app installed, you can find your lost phone on Google Maps, sound a loud alarm and lock your phone remotely with this app. In case, if your phone has run out of battery, it will reveal you of its last known location.
Apart from virus scanning, it also can locate your lost or stolen phone via Google Maps and lock your device to protect your privacy via a text message. If your phone or tablet is stolen or missing, you can also set a lock screen message to help the locator find you and make your device ring even when it's on silent mode.
Avast! Mobile Security
The anti-theft feature in this app is actually hidden, which can be remotely controlled via SMS commands sent from another phone or through the Web. You can log into Web controls to perform mobile tracking and/or give your phone commands.