How to use Android Device Manager for tracking your kids

Privacy and security have grown to become very big concerns in today’s highly-connected world. With a considerable part of the world’s population owning a mobile device, it’s likely that these devices are also being used to keep track of our whereabouts, too. There has been quite some buzz about government agencies spying on calls and messages. Even private companies are keeping tabs on our locations, preferences and context for purposes of advertising.

Not everyone is highly concerned about tracking, however. Some would argue that if you don’t have anything to hide, anyway, then you should not worry. For some, it’s a matter of knowing what kind of information to share on insecure networks. For more secure communications, there are enterprise-grade platforms like Samsung KNOX or Silent Circle.

Still, tracking does have its uses. Your smartphone utilizes a mix of GPS sensors and multiple tracking platforms (like WiFi and cellular triangulation) for practical purposes like navigating with the map application and finding nearby establishments. With both Android Device Manager and Apple’s “Find My iPhone” you can find, ring and remotely wipe a mobile device from the web or another registered device. Some third-party apps like Prey also give you more functionality for a marginal cost.

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How to use Android Device Manager: track and wipe a lost or stolen smartphone

Now Android has added a very similar feature called the Android Device Manager for GPS-equipped smartphones andtablets. It allows you to locate your lost device and also change passwords, lock screen PINs, and even remotely wipe your missing unit.

Here’s how to set up your phone or tablet to use the service, so the next time your Nexus 7 falls behind the sofa you’ll be able to track it down.

Setting up Android Device Manager

Step 1

First need to head over towww.google.com/android/devicemanager where you’ll be prompted to accept Google’s request for location data. As this is a tracking service it’s necessary to do this for the feature to work properly.

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Step 2

If you already have a Nexus device with location services turned on then it should automatically appear on your list. Here you’ll see the current position of your handset, along with the last time it was used.

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Step 3

To switch between devices click on the name and a drop down menu will appear. Select another model and you’ll be taken to the map screen for that one instead. You can also rename each device by clicking on the pencil icon.

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Google makes Android Device Manager app for mobile devices

In one of the more curious moves by Google, a few months ago when they launched the new Android Device Manager, users could only access the service via a web browser. That has changed with Google’s release of the Android Device Manager app to Google Play. The app brings all the same tools to your smartphone or tablet that you get from the desktop, like the ability to locate devices, lock devices remotely, reset lock PINs, and even erase all data on a device. This could be especially useful for users who have more than one Android device as they can now find, track and manage their other devices.

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How to use Android Device Manager as an anti-theft tool

Asides from being great at finding misplaced Android devices, it also can double as a theft deterrent device, enabling you to locate, lock, and even wipe your device remotely should you need to do so. Of course, you need to first make sure this is set-up properly, so let’s take a look at how it is done.

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While you might not think it’s likely to happen to you, it’s definitely nice to know that you at least have some kind of control over your device should it end up in someone else’s hands.

First and foremost, you need to make sure that you’ve enabled the service for your devices that are linked to your Google account by heading over to the Device Manager page (www.android.com/devicemanager). If it is the first time you’ve visited the page, it will ask for permission to act as an administrator for this service. What most people don’t realize is that just by logging onto this page and getting everything done here doesn’t complete the process. You also need to enable to features on your smartphone as well.

Setting up your Android Device

The first thing to do to enable your device is to head to your Google Settings.

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Once inside Google Settings, you will have access to the Device Manager option and this will bring up two selections that you can enable: Locate this device remotely and Allow remote lock and data factory reset. By default, the second option is disabled and once enabled, it will allow you to remotely lock your device and wipe it in case of theft.

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When you’ve activated this option, a confirmation page will pop up that will confirm that you know what entitles enabling this option.

If you can’t find the icon for Google Settings or for some reason you don’t have it,  you can also enable this in your Security portion of the Settings.

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Once inside Security, head to Device Administrators and check off the Device Manager box to allow your device to be locked remotely.

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Once that’s all said and done, you can now use Android Device Manager to remotely lock and wipe your device for whatever reason you deem necessary. While it may be a last ditch effort to protect your stored information on your device, it’s much better than having someone gain access to your personal Google accounts such as gmail and whatnot.

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Google Play Services update silently disables Android Device Manager

Google has just started to roll out an update for its Google Play Services that, while surely bringing in some improvements or bug fixes, exhibits a rather strange and somewhat worrying behavior. For a yet unknown reason, the update disables the Android Device Manager without informing the user at all.

As updates for various Google Play Services and apps happen silently, there is no immediate or direct way for users to know that something has changed or will change until after the fact, and sometimes, like in this case, in not so obvious ways. While this app does have an entry in Google Play Store, it does not mention anything that would lead users to believe that an important setting has been changed. In fact, the changelog is pretty much outdated, listing only the modifications for version 3.2 of the app.

With the 4.0.30 and 4.0.31 updates, the Android Device Manager, as well as the option remotely lock and wipe devices, becomes unchecked, regardless of the feature’s state before the update. Fixing it, of course, is quite simple. Just re-enable the feature again. You could also first check if your Google Play Services app has already been updated to the mentioned versions. If not, be sure to be on the look out when it does so that you can enable Android Device Manager again.

Considering how crucial the Android Device Manager is in giving users some amount of peace of mind when their device has become lost, silently changing such settings, without explicitly informing the user, at least via a notification, is a bit objectionable. Hopefully, Google is now aware of the situation and would take steps to go about this properly for future updates.

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A quick guide on how to configure the new Android Device Manager on your phone

Android Device ManagerA quick guide on how you can set up Android Device Manager on your phone.  The first thing you may want to do is check on your phone whether the feature is available or not.

  1. To do so, open the Settings and switch to the security menu there.
  2. Locate Device administration here and tap on Device administrators.
  3. If you see Android Device Manager, you know that the remote access feature is available on your device.
  4. Tap the box to enable the feature.
  5. This opens a permissions dialog that you need to accept by clicking on activate.

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Android Device Manager tracking and remote wipes go live

Android Device ManagerGoogle announced the Android Device Manager a little while back and since then we have seen bits and pieces of the puzzle coming together. Settings began showing up on Android devices earlier in the week and as of today the tracking website has gone live. This isn’t the complete setup just yet, but for now you can track, ring and erase a lost device from the web. Those looking to get started should launch the Google Settings app on their tablet or smartphone. Once here look for the Android Device Manager option and make check the appropriate boxes based on your wishes. There are two options available; the first is to enable remote location and the second is to enable remote factory resets.

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Google announces Android Device Manager to help users find their lost devices

Google has now announced the Android Device Manager, a new website that will help users find their lost phone or tablet. Accompanying the website will be an installable app that is set to roll out later this month. The company has made this service available for all devices running Android 2.2 (Froyo) and above. While details about the Device Manager are still minimal, Google has said that some of the features expected include the ability to make your phone ring at maximum volume so you can find it, even if it may have been silenced.

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