So, you cannot find your Samsung Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ Plus. Perhaps you’ve lost it or you know for sure that it has been stolen from you. Just the same, you could have wandered it around your home. Whatever the context, that’s probably the first time when you ask yourself: how can I find a smartphone that was lost or stolen? Do I have any chance to find a lost or stolen Samsung Galaxy S8/ Galaxy S8+ Plus?
You might not like it, but the answer to all these questions is: it depends. Yes, it depends on:
- How, when and where you’ve lost control over the device.
- It also depends on if you’ve ever considered any security measures while you still had it.
- It depends if you’ve ever registered your Samsung smartphone with… Samsung, with its Android Device Manager, or any other app designed to remotely access devices.
- And it depends if you’ve had it on the Loud Ring mode and, even more importantly, if you had the GPS turned on when you lost it.
- Last but not least, it depends on who got it – if it’s someone even a bit technical, who knows how to hide his steps, or an amateur, who’s just enjoying taking something that doesn’t belong to him.
There are so many factors that can determine your success odds. No wonder that Google itself doesn’t recommend users to try and find a lost or stolen smartphone by themselves. That’s right, Google wants you to report the steal or loss at the police and let them handle the situation. And that’s despite the fact that they have implemented a couple of handy solutions that should help you track down a smartphone. You’ll see, it’s not just the Find My Android feature, one of the most recent that Google introduced.
In theory, you could find a smartphone whether you’ve lost it around your house or downtown or at the opposite part of the city. You have several different methods for that – a tracker app, the famous Android Device Manager, and even third-party software. That’s only for finding it because there are also apps designed to remotely connect to your device.
When you cannot get your hands on the smartphone, you might be able to remotely wipe and delete all the information and data stored on it. That way, at least you’re protecting your privacy and any sensitive information you had on it.
But let’s have a closer look at the practical aspects. What does it really take for using these popular solutions and what are the terms that can make or break your chances of finding and tracking down a lost or stolen Samsung Galaxy S8/ Galaxy S8+ Plus?
Quick tips and must-have tools
Below are some of the best options you have at hand. You will see, many of them imply that you were a bit cautious even before you’ve lost the device:
- Your smartphone must have some tools installed – tools for locating the device and tools for securing it from any remote location. Android Device Manager or Lookout are two options you really need to consider.
- Your smartphone must also have tools installed that allow to remotely access its files. AirDroid, for example, can help you access and recover particular data remotely. Plus, it can access the text messaging and the camera apps of your smartphone from a distance.
- Setting the phone to the Loud Ring mode is also important. The Find My Android function won’t be able to make it ring if it was set to silence or vibrations.
- If it was an isolated incident, the first time you get your Samsung Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ Plus back you should take these preventive measures asap.
Android Device Manager – what you need to know
This tool uses the GPS to track your smartphone’s location. That’s why it relies on a Wi-Fi network that your lost/stolen device should be connected to.
The option is available since 2013, which means that an S8+ Plus must have it activated by default. Even so, you need to:
- Check and make sure that it is enabled on your device: swipe the main Menu >> Settings >> Security & Screen Lock >> Device Administrators >> check the Android Device Manager box.
- Go to the Google Play Store and download the Android Device Manager.
- With the feature active and the app installed, the last step is to register your device via the Android Device Manager.
With all these steps in place, when you can’t find your phone, you should be able to access the Android Device Manager page from another device and track down your smartphone. Like mentioned, the stolen phone should be connected to a Wi-Fi network for the Manager to have a chance to identify it.
Note – whether you can or you can’t successfully use this tracking method, you still have to consider using Lookout. This third-party app embeds a series of extra security features that you never know when they might prove handy.