How to set up Android Device Manager to lock and wipe your phone remotely

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Loie Favre
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Feb 5, 2014, 12:02:25 PM via Website

When you've lost your phone or it has been stolen, there's a way to find it, as well a lock and wipe it remotely using the Android Device Manager!
  1. First you need to make sure that you have turned it on, which you can do by following this quick tutorial:
  2. Go to the Google Setttings of your Android device.
  3. Tap on Android Device Manager at the bottom of the list
  4. Check the box for Remotely locate this device
  5. Check box for remote lock and factory reset.
  6. To the Settings of your phone.
  7. Tap on Security and then Device administrator. Make sure the Android Device Manager is ticked off there.
  8. Now that you have done this, you can remotely lock and wipe your device in case of theft or loss. To do this, go to the Device Manager website.
  9. The path to activate this feature might differ depending on your device, but in general should be the same as it's a Google service and not one from your phone's manufacturer.

****Find the Google Settings on your Android device and select Android device manager. Select both boxes.****

***Make sure that the box is ticked for Android Device Manager under the Android Device admin tab.***

Some OEM's have their own tracking service, like Samsung that has FindMyMobile.
  • Access and activate this by going into your Settings, then Security.
  • Tap on Remote controls to set it up. There is also a Find my Mobile web page to then track your phone.

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Feb 5, 2014, 12:40:07 PM via Website

If some else has access to my account then they may also do the same thing:vader::vader:!! now that's a somewhat horrible as well as good decision:mellow::mellow::O:O .... so, i think i have to first secure my google account a bit more and turn the remote wipe out feature active !!

Henri Charles
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Aug 7, 2014, 2:19:41 PM via Website

The answer to your question "How to wipe your Android devices?" lies here -

— modified on Aug 7, 2014, 2:20:05 PM

nilofar shaikh
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Dec 11, 2015, 2:01:26 PM via Website

hey nice post, one query about post, does this mean anyone with access to your computer with you logged in to google on Chrome can lock and wipe your phone??

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Emily Baker
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May 14, 2018, 4:53:39 AM via Website

When you cannot find your Android phone , you need to:
1. Make sure whether your phone is lost
If you cannot find your mobile phone, the first thing you need to do is to ensure whether the device is really lost or just misplaced. You can simply confirm that by calling the device. Or you can use Find Android Device Manager to track the device. If you make sure that the device is truly gone, you need to take action right away.
2. Change the passwords of important accounts
Once you lose your phone, the most important thing is to change the passcodes of the accounts that you have signed in on the device. To achieve that, you can login to your accounts on computer and then go with the instructions on the screen to change the passwords. This would protect the security of your personal information and property.
3. Contact the phone carrier
After changing the passcodes, the next step you need to do is to contact your carrier and tell it that the phone is lost or stolen. Then the carrier will stop the service and start the process of getting your number transferred to a new device. Now the people who steal your phone will not be able to do anything on your phone so you do not need to worry that your families or friends would be cheated.
4. Inform your employer
If the phone you lose is a work phone, you cannot forget to inform your employer. That's because the phone saves the information of your clients and colleagues and work-related files. So it would be a big problem if the thief reveals these data. What's more, after knowing the truth, your company can take preventive steps to secure its data. For example, your company might be able to delete the data on your phone remotely.
5. Wipe your phone remotely
At last, remember to erase the data on your phone which can 100% guarantee the security of your phone data. But you are only suggested to do this operation when you absolutely ensure that the phone is stolen cause these erased data is unable to be recovered unless you have backed up them to computer or other device in advance.

Abu huraira Mughal
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Apr 17, 2024, 8:18:31 AM via Website

To set up Android Device Manager for remote locking and wiping:
1. Go to Settings > Security > Device administrators.
2. Enable Android Device Manager.
3. Visit to access remote features like locking and wiping your phone.