Our smartphones have become such a significant part of our daily lives. When we lose one or, worse, someone steals it from us, the feelings of frustration and anger are so powerful. With a phone from Samsung, however, the upset is even bigger. Luckily, the resources to track and find a lost or stolen Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ Plus are just the same, at least compared to other smartphones – bigger.
If Apple users rely on the popular Find My iPhone, Android users have the so-called Android Device Manager at their disposal. But that’s not all since there are a couple of other software and even simple tricks you can pull out when it comes to finding your device.
In this article, we’re going to share with you some of the most effective strategies. Whether you’ve lost your smartphone around the house or far away, perhaps on the other side of your city, there is still hope. And even if you cannot physically get your hands on it, there are ways for you to remotely access the device and wipe and delete all the data. That way, at least you make sure that your personal information won’t end up on the wrong hands.
Of course, it would be ideal if you are reading this article before your Samsung Galaxy S8 or Samsung Galaxy S8+ Plus has been lost or stolen. Prevention is the easiest of them all, especially since Google recently added a feature that can make your smartphone ring when you can’t find it. But even if that’s not the case, you’ll still get some options coming up next.
Find your Galaxy S8/S8+ Plus with the Android Device Manager
If your smartphone was, indeed, stolen, we don’t have time for delays. So, let us start with the second most effective strategy for finding it, which is to download the Android Device Manager from Play Store.
The first most effective strategy is to report the theft to the local authorities and let them handle the recovery of your device. That’s what Google advises you to do.
But if you can’t stand the uncertainty and the waiting, you will want to test this one. Simply put, Google released the Android Device Manager back in 2013. As mentioned, it is the equivalent of Find My iPhone, which means it was conceived with the same purpose. Moreover, between 2013 and now, Google pushed using it on any of the modern Android devices.
That’s a great thing because it means that the majority of the smartphones produced after 2013 actually come with the feature enabled right from the factory. Double checking, however, cannot hurt, so:
- Go to Settings;
- Tap on Security & Screen Lock;
- Tap on Device Administrators;
- Look for the option “Android Device Manager”.
That option will have a check box next to it. If the box is, indeed, checked, the feature is active. If not, make sure you check it and it stays that way. (Bear in mind that the exact names of these menus might vary from one smartphone model to another!)
How does the Android Device Manager work?
Since it can be so useful in tracking down your stolen smartphone, it clearly relies on the GPS. To use this feature, after you made sure that it is active on your Samsung Galaxy S8 or Samsung Galaxy S8+ Plus, go to the Android Device Manager page and tap on the GPS locate button.
From that moment on, it will automatically try to track the lost or stolen device.
Do I have alternatives to it?
You got that one right. It’s called Lookout and you can get it from the Play Store. Similar to the Android Device Manager, it has the extra advantage of coming with a couple more general security features. So if you cannot track or find your lost smartphone, it is sure worth giving this one a try.
Tips to find your Galaxy S8/S8+ Plus easier
While many people happen to have their smartphones stolen, it is also common for users to simply lose their smartphones around the house. It slipped from the sofa, behind the bed or who knows where else and you didn’t even notice.
These situations are when keeping the Loud Ring Mode On is one of the best advices. If you set your device to always stay on the Loud Ring mode, you can always try calling it from another phone.
As mentioned, you also have the option to remotely lock and to remotely wipe the device, just in case important information and sensitive documents are stored on it and you no longer have access to your smartphone.
Long story short, here is what we recommend you:
- Always keep your Samsung Galaxy S8 or Samsung Galaxy S8+ Plus on the Loud Ring mode;
- Download the Android Device Manager app from Play Store, so you can have it there, for when you will be forced to use this service on another device;
- Use an app like AirDroid to access files and information remotely and perhaps even recover it – this one should also give you access to advanced features such as remote camera access or remote SMS text messaging;
- Always make sure that you have the right tools already installed on your device, tools for both security and location – Android Device Manager and Lookout are your starting points, remember?
These were the several different methods that users try when they have to find a lost or stolen Samsung Galaxy S8 or Samsung Galaxy S8+ Plus. We really hope, though, that you won’t have to use them anytime soon…