1. LVracerGT's Avatar
    Just had a friend get her Motorola Droid stolen last night. I'm wondering if there is any way to track it down or remotely install a tracking app to the phone? She didn't have any theft apps installed on the phone before it got stolen.

    P.S. Trying to score some kudo points if you know what I mean, so any help is appreciated.
    10-10-2010 12:40 PM
  2. albokay's Avatar
    If there is nothing added or activated then she is mostly sol.

    I can offer some words of advise. If you did find the thief and phone she would give you a hug for finding it and then would probably date the thief.

    Sent from my DROIDX using Tapatalk
    10-10-2010 02:14 PM
  3. Smokexz's Avatar
    The Town reference?

    Sent from my T-Mobile G2
    10-10-2010 02:17 PM
  4. fatboy97's Avatar
    Simply put... if you don't have an tracking app loaded before you loose your device then you are out of luck... I'm sure you learn from this to load some type of tracking app on your next device... at least I hope so.
    10-10-2010 04:44 PM
  5. LVracerGT's Avatar
    Thanks for the responses. She got the Droid on Ebay so she can't get it replaced through insurance. Wasn't sure if you could remotely install any apps or not. I've already installed my anti-theft app so I'm good lol.
    10-10-2010 07:03 PM
  6. moosc's Avatar
    the apps are only good if u have the gps running 24/7 which will kill the battery.
    10-10-2010 07:54 PM
  7. MowDownJoe's Avatar
    Thanks for the responses. She got the Droid on Ebay so she can't get it replaced through insurance. Wasn't sure if you could remotely install any apps or not. I've already installed my anti-theft app so I'm good lol.
    If she used AppBrain and Fast Web Install, she could go to AppBrain's site and push Lookout to her Droid. That said, good luck getting the crook to go along with the set-up process for Lookout.
    10-10-2010 07:57 PM
  8. Brett's Avatar
    seeing as it is a motorola droid, which is only available through verizon which is CDMA, cant you can verizon and have them check to see if it has been used. Since it is cdma you there isn't a sim card for it which means the only way to use it is by activating it through verizon. this would pop up and show the relative coordinates of where the person lives and to track where it is being used. i could be wrong but could swear that i have seen this somewhere.
    10-10-2010 08:27 PM
  9. project.in.process's Avatar
    see if she enabled Latitude in her Google Maps application.
    then, log into Google. look at Maps--Latitude.
    this shows you the last location that the phone's GPS was active. it can show you down to the street location.

    if she didn't do this with her stolen Droid, definitely do it with the next one.
    10-10-2010 10:38 PM
  10. daThomas#AC's Avatar
    the apps are only good if u have the gps running 24/7 which will kill the battery.
    Actually no. The app's (Lookout) website allows you to activate the "locate" functionality which turns on the gps temporarily.
    10-10-2010 10:42 PM
  11. bclinger#IM's Avatar
    Reading closer it uses cell tower triangulation if the GPS function is not active. Below is the message sent to the email address:

    We've located your phone based on your request on Sunday, October 10

    Map:
    http://mylookout.com/missing_device?...ime=1286780461
    Location
    Accuracy: 2980.0 meters
    Latitude: 21.47019
    Longitude: -158.207887 Time
    09:01 PM Hawaii
    Sunday, October 10, 2010
    10-11-2010 02:15 AM
  12. moosc's Avatar
    Just call VZW and report it stolen. Then VZW locks the phones mid and the phone can not be activated.
    10-11-2010 06:42 AM
  13. takeshi's Avatar
    Simply put... if you don't have an tracking app loaded before you loose your device then you are out of luck... I'm sure you learn from this to load some type of tracking app on your next device... at least I hope so.
    ^ This. And don't forget backups. For some reason, people seem to overlook this with their (easily lost/stolen/broken) mobile devices. If it's important, secure it and back it up.

    the apps are only good if u have the gps running 24/7 which will kill the battery.
    Not quite true. The app doesn't need to determine location until the device is missing. Leaving GPS on doesn't kill the battery. Actively using GPS does.
    10-11-2010 08:00 AM
  14. moulidx's Avatar
    Maybe you could have tried with the service provider for any possible help as soon as the phone was stolen. Better luck with your next phone, at lease there are some free apps for such kind of scenarios. Thanks to Android.
    10-11-2010 08:30 AM
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