How to Find a Lost Android Phone Using Google Search

Joel Lee 18-11-2016

Nowadays, there are few mundane mistakes as costly and annoying as losing one’s phone. It could fall out of your pocket as you exit a cab, or you could accidentally leave it at the library, or it might be lifted off of you when you aren’t looking.


When this happens, the usual answer is to use something like Android Device Manager Find My iPhone for Android? Meet Android Device Manager Jealous of the iPhone's Find My iPhone app? Well, lucky for you there's an equally awesome app for Android called the Android Device Manager! Let's take a look at it. Read More or one of these third-party phone locator apps Was Your Android Phone Lost or Stolen? This Is What You Can Do There are many good options for remotely locating your stolen phone, even if you never set anything up before you lost your phone. Read More . But the next time this happens, you might fare better with this simple Google Search trick.


But first, in order for this to work:

  • Install the Google App.
  • Log into the app with your Google account.
  • In it, Now Cards must be enabled.
  • In it, Web & App Activity must be enabled.
  • Location reporting must be set to High Accuracy.

Once all of that is set up, searching for your phone is simple.

  1. Open a web browser on your PC.
  2. Log into the same Google account as your phone.
  3. Type find my phone into Google Search.

This will bring up a map view with the pinpointed location of your device. Is it accurate to its exact location? No, but it gets pretty close — about 50–100 feet.


If you’re close to it but still need more help locating the device, you can click on the Ring button in the map view. This will cause your device to ring loudly for up to 5 minutes, instantly giving away the device’s position. Once found, you can disable ringing by hitting the Power button.

Just be careful that you never give away your Google account details, otherwise someone can log into it and ring your phone at any time from anywhere!

What do you do when you’ve lost your Android phone? How often do you lose it, anyway? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. Mariete Faith Dupagan
    November 29, 2016 at 12:34 am

    that's just great especially for forgetful people who constantly misplace their phones!

  2. Kenneth Herring
    November 22, 2016 at 1:49 am

    I may be off base here, but unless the Location feature is enabled, you won't be able to track the phone and even though it usually enabled by default, some people who are paranoid and fear being tracked by big brother, turn it off on purpose.

  3. Kenneth Herring
    November 22, 2016 at 1:46 am

    I may be off base here, but although the location feature is enabled by default, if disabled you won't be able to locate it unless this feature is re-enabled. Which for some who are are paranoid and fear being tracked by big brother, they turn the location feature off on purpose.

  4. Timothy
    November 21, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    I use a Zenfone 2 Deluxe now and it's way better than the galaxy s4 I had. The battery life is good. It lasts 24 hours or more with fairly heavy use. The one app that seems to use the battery most is my health app that I choose to use and even that isn't really an issue. With quick charge I can boost if needed on particularly heavy use days - like being in Sydney and needing directions from Google maps all day. I wouldn't mind the Zenfone 3 if it was given to me either.?

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    November 21, 2016 at 12:40 pm

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  6. T
    November 18, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    can you elaborate on the Google Now Cards?

    "In it, Now Cards must be enabled.
    In it, Web & App Activity must be enabled.
    Location reporting must be set to High Accuracy."