Have you lost your smartphone? It’s ok to feel bad about it, but don’t be too harsh with yourself. This can happen to anyone and it only takes googling for how to find lost or stolen Samsung Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ Plus and you’ll see how spread the topic really is.
The good news is that you have quite a few different methods that you can use, from a tracker app to the dedicated Android Device manager, plus some other software in between. Google itself thought about this possibility and that’s why it created the Find My Android app, more or less inspired from its competitor’s Find My iPhone.
To keep it short, you can look for your device at home or try to track it down up to the other side of the city. In spring, when phone thieves seem to blossom, or on any other time of the year, there is still a chance to get back your smartphone. If not, at least you can protect the information you’ve lost and prevent it from being used by malicious persons.
Thanks to the previously mentioned Android Device Manager system, you can locate the device and access it remotely, to wipe all the information on it.
For those who lost their smartphone around the house, a super simple feature that will make it ring so you can locate it is also available. For this one, however, you would have to have the device on the loud ring mode, not on vibration or silence.
But let’s move on to the actual resources that you have at hand for tracking and finding a lost or stolen Samsung Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ Plus.
Quick tips that will make your job easier
As promised, you have more than one option to find a lost phone. Nevertheless, some of them require some preparations in advance. When you are no longer in the possession of the device, for these measures to work, certain options activated in advance will be necessary. That’s why you should always:
- Make sure your Galaxy S8+ Plus is equipped with everything it takes for tracking its location and ensuring its security remotely.
- Consider using the Android Device Manager or the Lookout app – document about these two, get to know how they work and make sure you’re taking all the right preventive measures.
- Familiarize yourself with AirDroid, the app that will remotely access files and make it possible to remotely access the camera and the SMS texting app.
Consider using the Loud Ring mode
Have we mentioned how important and useful it is to always keep your smartphone on the Loud Ring mode? When you’ve lost it in the nearby, at least you have a chance to hear it when it starts ringing.
At the same time, download Android Device Manager from Google Play store. Who knows when you’re going to need this dedicated app and it is best to have it installed in advance, for remotely locking the device or remotely wiping the sensitive data stored on it.
Consider using the Android Device Manager
We insist on this dedicated app for a very good reason. It is one of the most effective tools you have at hand and ignoring it would be a big mistake. If you have prepared yourself, when you need to use it with another device to find your own, access the dedicated Android Device Manager page.
By preparing in advance we mean making sure that the function is turned on from the menus of your own Samsung smartphone. Go to Settings, tap on Security And Screen Lock, then on Device Administrators. Look for the Android Device Manager and tick its box if it’s not already checked.
Since the feature has been introduced in 2013, the majority of new devices comes with it activated by default. But like we use to say, better to be safe than sorry.
Now, back to accessing the dedicated Android Device Manager page, you can track the Galaxy S8+ Plus as the app uses the GPS. So, look for a button labeled as GPS locate and tap on it. At this point, you might also hear of Google’s recommendation of not trying to find a lost or stolen device on your own, and asking the help of the police instead.
Important to remember about this option, for the Android Device Manager to track the smartphone by GPS, the phone would have to be connected to a Wi-Fi network!
Consider using Lookout
We’ve already mentioned it once in this article. We’re doing it again because Lookout is what many consider the second-best option after the one from above. As a third-party app, it works in a surprisingly similar way with the Android Device Manager. Plus, it brings extra security features to the table. Give it a chance and try to read more about how your Samsung Galaxy S8+ Plus will benefit from using it.