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Misplace your phone? Simply Google 'find my phone' to locate it

Google's ability to find and ring your phone or tablet has expanded outside of the Android Device Manager to regular Google search. Instead of going to the Android Device Manager website or app to find one of your other lost devices, you can now open up the main Google search page in your browser and type "find my phone" to get a top result of a map that will locate your phone, similar to the way you can use the main search box to see your upcoming flights and other personalized results.

(You'll need to be logged in to your Google account for this to work, of course.)

The search result will show your last-used device, but you can use the drop-down menu in the top-right corner to switch devices, and hit the "Ring" button in the bottom-left to ring the device and help you locate it.

You can't lock or erase the phone from this menu, though — you'll need to click the map to then be forwarded along to the proper Android Device Manager page to do those actions. Still, if you've simply misplaced your phone around the house — or hopefully just another nearby, known location — and can't find it, you're only a few seconds away from having it located and rang with a simple Google search. Anything to make it easier to get back to your phone is a good thing.

Not using an Android? While you can't use a Google search to find iPhones and Windows Phones, you can use apps on each of those platforms to find a missing device.

Andrew was an Executive Editor, U.S. at Android Central between 2012 and 2020.

94 Comments
  • Seems you have to be signed into Google on your web browser to make this happen.
  • How else would it know who you are and what phones to find?
  • Trust me...there are those out there who will say it doesn't work because they are not signed into their account. IJS
  • Yes you should at least mention that you needed to be signed into your google account before running a search. I don't usually run a google search from a signed in account and in fact I don't see much difference between this and using the android search given that I have to sign in anyway.
  • Except there's a flaw if you have to sign in and have 2 step authentication turned on. Guess what? I sends the code to your phone! LOL. So you need your phone... to find your phone! LOL.
  • Unless your 2nd step is on another device, like a smartwatch Blackberry Priv
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  • will not happen if you have signed in your PC/other devices long before you lost your phone, though.
  • It is common sense for us and many Ac readers, but that critical step could have been thrown into the article for the older people that use the family computer and never log out of who last used it, or never log into Google on their browser in the first place.
  • Don't forget you have to make sure device manager has been given proper authorization.
  • I thought he said this is to work outside of Android Device Manager.
  • You still have to authorize it once. Sent via carrier duck. They were out of pigeons
  • You know Andrew: Like Apple would do! /S
  • It won't even give me an option to find a phone
  • Well, duh. How else would it know whose phone to find. That's pretty obvious and goes without saying. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Lol really?
  • If you're not logged into your account, Google wouldn't know who the hell is typing "find my phone". Whose phone would they try to track? Posted via Android Central App
  • Then you just get routed into the master NSA database and can pick from anyone, right? /s
  • Give me location
  • This is a really cool idea. Only issue is that you need to have Location services switch on on your phone, and can't turn it on from the browser (which would be a great although maybe impossible to do?) . Anything to help locate stolen/lost phones is good though!
  • Theoretically possible so long as the device can get a connection to the service. As long as the software is in place and the device can receive plans, it would be possible to enable Location Services if they have been previously disabled. However, it could be possible that Google has purposefully omitted this out of respect for privacy, lest people claim Google has a remote switch to stalk you even when Location Services are disabled.
  • Good point. The tin foil hat brigade would be out in force with that. I would also half agree with them Sent via carrier duck. They were out of pigeons
  • Confirmed on that...Location Services must be enabled on the device...which kind of sucks. If you lose or have your phone stolen then turning a simple toggle off also turns off this functionality.
  • This is why you should lock your phone. If your ever worried about losing your phone, you should go through the steps to locate your phone; while the phone is in your possession. It's too late after your phone is missing to try and figure out how to locate it. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I have 3 phones(Galaxy S5, Note 3, Note 4). All are signed into the same Google account. When I typed "find my phone" in the address bar, it came up with nothing... does this only work when only ONE phone is signed in to the Google account?
  • I got a drop down list with my two devices. It also prompted me to sign in/verify password before it game me my phone's location.
  • It keeps asking me to sign in again in an endless loop.
  • Mine did the same, and it worked for one phone but not the other. Slow trollout? Sent via carrier duck. They were out of pigeons
  • Yes, I too have multiple devices on my account, and the drop down on top right will allow you to "find" all current devices that are powered on. One at a time, of course.
  • I couldn't even get Google to find my phone when it dropped out of my pocket within spitting distance of the router, I tried for about 20 minutes before trying Cerberus which immediately worked. Google was telling me it was ringing the phone when it hadn't even connected! I certainly would not rely on it.
  • Just tried it, pretty cool feature. Posted via the Android Central App
  • This is actually really clever. Good on Google, keeping users from having to leave the search page for such information.
  • I can't get it to work on my desktop using Chrome or IE. It keeps asking me to sign in again... "For your security, sign in again to get your phone's location" over and over,
  • Same occurs for me. Did you find a solution?
  • No I haven't yet. I tried turning off my Ad Blocker in Chrome and tried IE with no luck. Google searches don't yield any discussion of it yet. Either it's uncommon, or so new that few are bitching about it yet?
  • Well, same's happening for me!
  • My 2013 Moto X itself displays a notification saying 'device location shared. Android Device Manager located this device' after finding the phone. Does this happen on all phones? Cause if somebody stole it (rather than me just losing it), I'd kinda like to avoid telling the thief I've tracked the phone.
  • Happened on my LG G2, using both the google command and Device Manager.
  • There should be a disclaimer- I had to log in to Androidcentral to comment on this story... anyway, this is the bomb diggity! It even has a drop down on the top right for multiple devices on one account. Very nice Google!
  • Hey Andrew you should also put a disclaimer that one has to log in to AC to reply to comments, too. I had to do this before I could reply. Someone will complain, IJS. Posted via Android Central App
  • When I type “Find My Phone” in Google. My top result in an article stating I can find my android phone by typing “Find My Phone”. I do not see any results that actually find my phone. I'm logged in the same gmail account on my PC as my phone uses to download android apps.
  • Im trying to find a device im logged into ,lg phone .phone number is 4042134213
  • Not reliable via Google Search for me - I get Device unavailable despite the phone showing a notification from Android Device manager that the location has been shared. Whereas if I use https://www.google.com/android/devicemanager it's located immediately
  • Mine works but misses the location by at least 5-6 kilometers Posted via the Android Central App
  • When I actually did the feature it narrowed it down to a few meters. Sent via carrier duck. They were out of pigeons
  • This is absolutely awesome! just tried it .. great!
  • Is anyone having any luck using this from a tablet?
  • I didn't even think of that. Gonna have to try it when I get to work Sent via carrier duck. They were out of pigeons
  • On my tablet it just does a normal Google search with that phrase. -- RCA Voyager
  • I get a constant request to log in for security purposes, I log in and then get the same message? Something to do with two step verification?
  • I get the same problem and I'm not using two-step auth. Can't find any discussion about it with a Google search yet. If you do have two-step auth this idea won't work anyway cuz you wouldn't even have your phone with you to sign in even once!
  • Guess some people don't like my comment. What may seem elementary and common sense to one person does not mean that everyone gets it. Thanks xs228 and sloked.
  • Also working: "find my android" "find my tablet" "find my mobile" Not working: "find my device" which is strange because it uses "device manager"
  • Here's the problem: If you use the remote lock option, the screen will be locked... but if you pull down the notification bar and select any notification... the phone opens to that application and is unlocked without need for a password. Am I missing something here?
  • Forget this if you have two-step authentication. It asks you to re-login, but then it sends a verification number to your phone (which you wouldn't have in this scenario)
  • Or if you use the Google Authenticator app on the phone!
  • There are ways around it sending the sms to your phone. You could have it call your secondary number or use a one-time password that was created when you turned 2-factor on.
  • Not necessarily. I get the 2 step codes sent to my Pebble Edit: sent is not the right word. Generated Blackberry Priv
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  • I can't seem to get this to work on my iPad (to find my MotoX phone). That's a shame because Google enabling finding my Androd phone from iOS would be awesome.
  • While it technically does work, there's one problem in that if you are not logged in to google on a particular machine and you have 2 step authentication turned on, you will need to check your phone (presumably lost) in order to find your phone. So.. hmm... needs work.
  • Don't get your 2 step codes on your phone? For example, my Pebble generates them, no phone connection required (after initial setup that is) Blackberry Priv
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  • Worked like a charm! Moto X 2014 Pure Edition
  • This worked on April 15. It seems it no longer works. Now, you just get the search results for "find my phone." Yes, I am logged into my google with my gmail account.
  • I am signed in and still can't get it to work
  • Just thought I would chime in about enabling " Google Now" to make this "Find my phone " system work.
    I just had a close call and misplaced my phone.
    For the other "Android device manager " lost phone set up procedure start by
    1. Enabling Location service on your device
    2. Keep Data service enabled while traveling
    3. Enable Android Device manager on the phone (cant remember just how At the moment)
    Cheers to everyone especially the first commenter
  • I lost my moto g phone need to locate it
  • One more thing I leaned is to not change your password after losing the phone. What happens is the phone is a google device
    with a google password which was changed so it gets like confused and cant login anymore.
    Solution is to write the password to google down so its not forgotten (and dont change it when you lose your phone)
    Cheers to all
  • Hey I want to thank you for the " find my phone" Google locater. My phone was stolen this morning and I was beside myself until I got my roommate up and ask for his help, Hes a techie guy and he told me what to do. So I did the google thing it found it right away and I clicked on lock and sent a message to my phone and told the guy " you have until 12 to reture my phone at that time I am calling the police and turning you in" and guess what my roommates phone rang in less that 5 minutes. and he was on the other end. with a bull sh** story that his son was playing on it. again Thank you For this app Im still calling the cops
  • I am very much thankfull to u.I got my lost phone.
  • Just want to find my phone
  • Yeah doesn't work for me, then again device manager is unable to locate any of my devices.. Google says there are 3 known cases of this and I am one of them.. Signing into a different account and BAM locates, just my main account non (3 Android phones, 3 Android Tablets) are seen. Crazy...
  • Location services and data on? Blackberry Priv
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  • Yeah Zombienoms, I spent the greater part of 2+ hours with Google Tech support. She was unable to figure it out. if you go into settings (web based) you can see that the items or devices were used but the devices fail to show up on my google account. makes no sense really. I opened a new email account and put my Pixel C on it and boom it was there...
  • Well that sucks :/ Blackberry Priv
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  • Too bad only 1 of my 7 devices even show up.... Android device manager has been broken for a long time for a lot of people if you check the Google blogs. Super annoying they need to get it fixed. At least Samsung device manager works at my two Samsung tablets. Posted via the Android Central App
  • This is not a new feature. Its been there for a while but google highlighted this in a Google+ post. edit: damn its an old post
  • I was just reading through this to see if there was something new added to the feature, it's been there for a while.
  • Another addendum...if your phone is not connected to wifi you must have Location Services ON and on High Accuracy for the location to be correct.
    I wonder if this is different for those using Google Fi.
  • This is awesome! I hate having to always enter my password just to ring my lost phone. Erasing data makes sense to require that, but just ringing it to find it I'm glad I can do this more simply now.
  • That's cool. The only issue I have found is it shows the model of the phone. I happen to have two 5x's and 2 of the same model asus tablets. In Android Device Manager I've renamed them. This doesn't show the names, so I can't really distinguish which one it's finding.
  • I would say that's a rather unique situation, so it's no surprise that they haven't thought of it lol Blackberry Priv
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  • It's not a unique situation. How many families have multiple Galaxy SX's or multiple of the same model of iPhones. I happen to have multiple of the devices listed.
  • With two form authentication it's a real ***** to lose your phone and try to find it from another device. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Unless you get your codes in a different way. For example, my Pebble generates the codes, no connection required Blackberry Priv
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  • It's actually pretty cool, I just tried it. It brings up a map and shows you where your phone is located. If you lost it in the house or left it in the car, you click on "RING" and your phone will ring until you find it and turn it off. Just hit the power button to stop the ringing.
  • how it's work ???????????
  • it's say's location unavailable and my handset's location is on so what gona do?
  • I need to find my phone. Not the one I'm on but the main phone on My account.
  • Fine.
  • i forget my lenovo A369i in metro while traveling & when i'm come back to find my phone its not there so please help me to find out my mobile
    its very urgent for me
    thank you
  • Doesn't always work, for instance my devices on my Gmail account can receive games/apps download instructions from my computer by going to the Play Store but device manager says I have no devices linked to this account. Also everything is turned on, location in settings, given the proper authorizations still nothing. I spent over 2 hours on with tech support and they cannot figure this out. In my Google account it shows when the devices were last used also which makes this more frustrating. If I make a new Gmail account and have my devices sign in under that account BAM they all show up. I used to be able to access this option but it doesn't seem to work anymore... Any suggestions would be awesome... Thanks
  • It good
  • Find my phone
  • can u help me how to track phone of give the location of the phone.. or even ung paano ma access ang phone.. coz still ung kumuha ng phone open pa rin ang apps
  • Won't to locate phone by GPS, can u do it???