6 Best Apps to Use When You’ve Lost Your Android Phone

Angela Randall 02-03-2012

It’s amazing how even the most organised individuals, that is those who regularly back up documents and always plan ahead for future engagements, can occasionally find themselves up that notorious creek without a paddle. Take for instance when someone loses their phone. Not enough people have prepared themselves for this. The best applications to help you find or wipe your phone need to be installed in advance. There is at least one notable exception, which could well save your phone.


Plan B is the application to install when your phone is already missing. However, if you’re really going to get prepared for that lost phone scenario you might like to install a few other great applications too.

Plan B [No Longer Available]

Plan B is the perfect application to use when your phone is already missing and you realise you never installed any of the nifty apps which would have helped you find your phone. You can install it remotely by going to the Android market and it will use GPS or an SMS to find your phone’s location and email that to you. If you need a location after this, you can send an SMS to your phone from a friend’s phone saying “Locate” and the application will send another email with the new location.

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On this note, if you were to install Plan B and set up some filters in Gmail to forward to your partner or parents (or if you are a parent, do this to your child’s phone and email), they could potentially use this to find you if you go missing. It’s a little paranoid, but could easily be effective.


Lookout Labs are the makers of Plan B. Obviously they realised that not everyone gets around to planning ahead. However, if you’re thinking ahead they have an Android application Safeguard Your Device With Lookout Mobile Security [Android] Lookout Mobile Security is one of the top antivirus and device tracking solutions for Android. It has a proud spot on our Best Android Apps page, and we’ve given it some coverage as part of... Read More which gives you the tools to remotely wipe your phone Remotely Erase Data From Your Stolen Phone using Lookout Read More and offer some security against malicious code.


Android Lost

Android Lost Find Or Wipe Your Android Phone Remotely Using Android Lost [2.2+] I'm guessing you've thought about what might happen if you ever lost your Android phone. That, or maybe you have once lost your Android and you now wish to have a better plan in place... Read More lets you find or wipe your Android phone remotely. It allows access to your phone via a web interface, which can also let you trigger your alarm, read your SMS and offers many other useful features.

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Phone Found – Owner Info

The Phone Found How To Display Owner Information On Your Phone's Lock Screen [Android 1.0+] Have you ever lost your phone? It's a sick feeling, not just because it costs a lot of money to replace (especially if it's a fancy new smartphone), but because it has valuable information like... Read More application lets you leave your email address and phone number visible even when your phone is locked. This way, if someone friendly finds your phone they can email you and let you know they’ve found it.

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Where’s My Droid

Where’s My Droid 2 Easy Ways to Recover a Lost or Stolen Android Phone These methods can help you find your lost or stolen Android phone or tablet. Read More lets you trigger an alarm when you send your phone an SMS with a special code. It can also send you a Google Maps location of where your phone is.

Mobile Defense

Mobile Defense Mobile Defense - A Free Mobile Phone Tracking System [Android] Read More is only available in the US, but it’s a pretty useful application. Once installed it hides from view and does not look as if it’s installed, meaning whoever’s stolen your phone won’t realise it’s running. Meanwhile, you can use the Mobile Defense website to control your phone and find out where it is.

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You might also like to read these articles on tracking tools and apps:



Have you ever lost your Android phone? What did you use to find it?

Related topics: Android Device Manager, Data Recovery, Smartphone Security.

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  1. Anonymous
    August 13, 2015 at 8:53 am

    I would like to share a funny story of mine with you people !!

    I was hurry to my office last Tuesday, i reached on time but i missed my mobile unfortunately. Then i started searching for website / tool / app to find my mobile. Atlast i found an app called " Forgot My Phone " via google play. You know, i just ringed my mobile via the app from secondary phone. I heard the ringtone from my lap bag !!! It was there with me, but i searched almost an hour with loads of tension. We need to have such kind of app or something like this, so we need not to be tensed .

  2. Mrudu
    August 29, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    What happens if the person who has your phone switches it off?

  3. Guest
    March 6, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    avg antivirus scanners also will let you find your phone and/or wipe the data off

    • Angela Alcorn
      March 7, 2012 at 8:19 pm

       Handy, thanks!

  4. Captain Obvious
    March 6, 2012 at 11:08 am

    An app i use as total remote control is called droidvnc its a vnc in reverse, instead of controlling you're home pc using you're phone (lookout does this for free). You can control you're phone from a any pc or device with a web browser and java. You log in to the web addy and boom you're controlling you're phone remotely threw a pc.

    • User1001
      March 7, 2012 at 4:32 pm

      Obviously, YOUR is possessive...

    • Angela Alcorn
      March 7, 2012 at 8:18 pm

       Sounds good, thanks!

  5. Odhran B McCracken
    March 6, 2012 at 9:53 am
    • Angela Alcorn
      March 7, 2012 at 8:17 pm

      Thanks for sharing!

  6. salvatore39
    March 6, 2012 at 5:34 am

    what about an Apple iphone 4?is there any good apps to use if your iphone 4 is robbed and you want to trace it?
    PS already know about

  7. deelirium
    March 3, 2012 at 12:42 am

    My phone battery dies within hours. What happens if I try to locate it then? 

    • Tina
      March 6, 2012 at 5:34 pm

      I'm afraid you won't be able to locate the phone if your battery is dead.

    • Angela Alcorn
      March 7, 2012 at 8:16 pm

       Most of these won't be able to work. But you could possibly use Android Lost to change setting remotely and try to retain the battery power you have.

  8. TylerCaudle
    March 2, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    For tracking my phone I use cerberus it has already saved my phone several times.
    It not only allows me to track my phone but I can login to the web based control panel and set off an alarm or I can control it using sms.
    I also use avast for my antivirus it also has a built in antitheft function but it is sms control only.

    • Angela Alcorn
      March 7, 2012 at 8:20 pm

       But Avast is still handy - Thanks!