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Apps To Track Lost or Stolen Android Devices

Apps To Track Lost Stolen Android Devices

The worst thing that can happen to your Android phone is that it gets stolen. The second worst thing is that it gets lost. Of course, you wouldn’t want your Android phone worth hundreds of dollars to be left lying somewhere because your phone may contain valuable contact details and even personal information.

Fortunately, there are apps that can let you track down the location of an Android phone that gets lost or stolen. Some of these apps can be installed to prevent loss or theft of your phone; other apps can be installed after your phone gets lost or stolen so that you have some chance of recovering it. Here are examples of these apps:

Prey Anti-Theft

Prey Anti-Theft

With this app, which should be installed before your phone becomes lost or stolen, you can use another phone to send an SMS: “GO PREY”. The SMS will enable you to log in to the Prey control panel. There, you will obtain periodic updates of the location of your phone.

Lookout Security and Antivirus

Lookout Security and Antivirus

With this app, you can use Google Maps to locate your phone, you can make your phone produce a loud alarm sound (even if it is set on silent), and you can backup your phone’s data which you can recover later. You can also protect your phone from viruses with this app.

Plan B

Plan B

This app will help you locate a lost or stolen phone by sending the phone’s location to your E-mail inbox on G-mail. You can also use another phone to text the word “location” to your lost or stolen phone. After that, you will receive an E-mail or a text message containing the phone’s current location. With some phones, you can get an update of its location every 10 minutes.

AntiDroidTheft

AntiDroidTheft

This app is powerful and versatile. With this app, you can harness the power of GPS to locate your phone. You can even know how the SIM card of your missing phone has changed. You can even track down pictures that the current holder of the missing phone has taken using that phone. All of these features can help you find your phone if it got lost. They can also help you make an airtight case against the thief if the phone was stolen.

AndroidLostFree

AndroidLostFree

This app can be installed before or after your phone goes missing; after all, installation is remote. With this, you can get the most recent call list of the missing phone. You can also use this app to take photos using your phone’s smartphone camera. Through E-mail, you will also know any SIM card changes. Finally, you can also cause the phone’s alarm to ring incessantly, plus a constantly flashing screen to boot, thus making any thief disturbed.

With these apps, you can know your Android phone’s current location and any alterations made to it immediately after it becomes missing. Thus you get a reasonable chance of recovering the phone, bringing its original memory back, and compiling strong evidence against any thief. Some of these apps are free (which is good) and some require payment or even monthly subscriptions, but these apps offer you insurance for something expensive: your smartphone.

Dana Scott is a freelance writer and social media manager. In her proffesional and private life she relies heavily on her HTC smartphone and its apps to help her stay organized.

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