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A Google Search Can Now Find Your (Android) Phone

April 17, 2015
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If you’ve lost your Android smartphone, finding it is now a Google search away.

A new update to the Google app has made it possible to simply Google the words “find my phone” from a desktop, laptop or other device and get pointed in the right direction.

If you’re logged in and have the most recent version of the Google app on your phone, a map will pop up, pinpointing the location of your phone within a few feet.

From there, you can click to make the phone ring at full volume for five minutes, helping you nail down its precise spot if it’s, say, stuffed under the cushions on the sofa or jammed under the passenger seat of your car.

You can also choose to lock the phone and reset its password if it appears to be in someone else’s hands or at risk of being stolen, or even erase all the data on the device.

The company announced the new feature in a Google+ post.

The “find my phone” feature isn’t currently available for iPhones or other smartphones that don’t run Google’s Android mobile operating system.

It had already been available through Google’s Android Device Manager app. But the new search feature makes the process simpler and more easily accessible.

Doug Gross is a staff writer covering personal finance for NerdWallet. Follow him on Twitter @doug_gross and on Google+.

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