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If you lose your device, Android Device Manager now lets you secure it instantly from afar though a newly added feature to keep your data safe from prying eyes.

Android Remote Lock
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Good news for forgetful Android owners: Android Device Manager now has a remote lock function. As long as your missing device is connected to some sort of network, this allows you to instantly lock it down no matter where you are.

Android Device Manager is part of the Google Play services. So as long as you are logged into your Google account on your phone or tablet, you can log in to the Device Manager website to locate your missing device on a map. In the meantime, if you want to protect it prying eyes, all you have to do is click on the new Lock feature.

No matter how your device is currently protected, clicking Lock will override it. You’ll have to choose a new password upon submitting the request, which is what you’ll use to unlock the device when you recover it.

Google was a couple of years late to the game when it released Android Device Manager, but it’s nice to see it playing catch up so quickly. Apple has already had a Lost Mode for its devices since iOS 6. With iOS 7 it introduced Activation Lock, which lets you remotely toggle a missing device to require your Apple ID and password be entered before using it again.

  1. does this work if the device was already factory reset?

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    1. Read again what they said: “So as long as you are logged into your Google account on your phone or tablet, you can log in to the Device Manager website to locate your missing device on a map”

      If its as long as you are logged in the phone, if it was factory reset you wont be logged anymore, so it doesnt work.

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  2. Sometimes what appears to be stolen is actually a case of someone finding lost stuff and not being able to return it. If they are not able to easily figure out who it belongs to it won’t get returned. This is why putting tracker tags from mystufflostandfound.com on all your stuff is such a great idea. They make it easy for someone finding your lost things to return them quickly and securely.

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