Best tip ever:- set up find my device as soon as you get your phone
Install and enable Find My Device
If your phone doesn’t already come with Find My Device pre-installed, you can download the app from the Play Store. The service is available for download even on older devices — all phones running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and above are eligible.
Once the app is installed, you’ll have to sign into it with your Google account. Doing so allows the service to essentially link your phone to your Google account. As Find My Device relies on Wi-Fi and GPS to pinpoint the location of your device, it requires access to location services. Once you grant access to location services, you should be able to see a map with your phone’s location highlighted.
Track your phone with ease
If you need to remotely track your phone, all you have to do is head to the Find My Device site and sign into your Google account (the same you used while setting up the service). Alternatively, you can also perform a Google search with the query, “Find my phone” to start tracking your device.
Once your phone has been located, you’ll be able to ring your device so it plays a loud sound even if it’s on silent mode. This is handy if you’ve misplaced your phone inside your house. If you have a Google Home, you can just ask Assistant to ring your device.
Remotely erase data when all else fails
As Find My Device relies on location services, your phone has to be connected to a Wi-Fi network or use cellular data for the service to accurately track its position. If you’re unable to locate your phone or if it’s been stolen, then the only option is to remotely erase all data on the device.
Make sure you’re always ready
Find My Device is one of those services that you won’t use often, and as such it’s easy to forget to set it up during initial configuration. If you’re picked up a new phone over the holidays or haven’t gotten around to enabling it on your existing device, now’s the time to go ahead and set it up on your phone.