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  1. DX9's Avatar
    Guys, coming from an iPhone and simply enabling Find My iPhone was great since it was integrated and can't be uninstalled and if you lose your phone. You can't turn it off also without your password and also can't Restore your phone in iTunes without turning it off making the phone impossible to use once lost.

    I see that there is Android Device Manager but you have to download the app. It's not integrated at all and can simply be uninstalled after. Is there really a point in using that if you lost your phone and forgot to have any type of security on the lockscreen? Maybe I'm missing something in the settings on my Note?

    Thanks
    12-01-2014 10:48 AM
  2. sbhatia1981's Avatar
    Guys, coming from an iPhone and simply enabling Find My iPhone was great since it was integrated and can't be uninstalled and if you lose your phone. You can't turn it off also without your password and also can't Restore your phone in iTunes without turning it off making the phone impossible to use once lost.

    I see that there is Android Device Manager but you have to download the app. It's not integrated at all and can simply be uninstalled after. Is there really a point in using that if you lost your phone and forgot to have any type of security on the lockscreen? Maybe I'm missing something in the settings on my Note?

    Thanks
    I moved from iPhone too, yeah device manager can be uninstalled, and also samsung has also their built in find my phone which can be tracked, erase etc from their website. with that i hope i will be able to locate if it is lost.
    12-01-2014 10:56 AM
  3. DX9's Avatar
    Actually going through everything Device manager is integrated. After uninstalling the App like you can actually do with Find My iPhone I can still locate my device on the website, wipe, lock and ring. Even turning off GPS I can still lock the phone and wipe the device and ring it as well. All good here
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    12-01-2014 11:06 AM
  4. brothamoveson's Avatar
    I have used the device manager a few times never downloaded the app. I just go to the website and was able to do everything I needed including, locking the phone, wiping my sd card, and I actually located my phone and the police retrieved it for me.

    Posted from my Note 4 baby.
    12-01-2014 12:12 PM
  5. keyzlife's Avatar
    Lookout security works great. While it can be uninstalled, if the phone is turned off, has am incorrect password entered, new sim installed, it will take a picture with the front facing camera ping the GPS, and email it to you. It also has the remote wipe, lock and scream features as well. The problem with these phones that differs from the iPhone is the person can just pull the battery and then all bets are off. Experienced thieves will bypass all of it. But for the non-seasoned thief, lookout will most likely do the trick.

    sent from my Samsung GALAXY Note® 4
    12-02-2014 07:06 AM
  6. boufa's Avatar
    Yes, to clarify, Android Device Manger on the Android lets you use the functionality on OTHER phones from your phone. You do not need to have the app on your phone to have someone else (web or another phone with the device manager app) access your phone's location. Android Device Manager app is simply a mobile interface to the features, it is not required to have the app, to have the features installed.

    No it's not as controlling or integrated as the iPhone version, but then again, that sums up the entire Andorid Vs IPhone discussion.
    12-02-2014 09:18 AM
  7. SamCarterX302's Avatar
    You know what's strange? I was just looking at Android Device Manager on my browser, and I noticed I have a phone registered to my account (GT-I9100 Samsung Galaxy S2) which is most definitely not mine. I have never owned a Samsung phone before.

    It appears to be active- it was registered April 29th, and says it was last online yesterday. Now where in the heck did this phone come from?
    12-03-2014 03:12 PM
  8. MightyMike's Avatar
    You know what's strange? I was just looking at Android Device Manager on my browser, and I noticed I have a phone registered to my account (GT-I9100 Samsung Galaxy S2) which is most definitely not mine. I have never owned a Samsung phone before.

    It appears to be active- it was registered April 29th, and says it was last online yesterday. Now where in the heck did this phone come from?
    How did you look this up? Samsung...Google...on your phone?

    Posted via the Next Big Thing, My Galaxy N4
    12-03-2014 05:13 PM
  9. SamCarterX302's Avatar
    How did you look this up? Samsung...Google...on your phone?

    Posted via the Next Big Thing, My Galaxy N4
    through my laptop browser on the Android Device Manager site.

    Posted via the Android Central App
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    12-03-2014 05:15 PM
  10. MightyMike's Avatar
    through my laptop browser on the Android Device Manager site.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    Did even know anything like that existed. OK...let me look.

    Posted via the Next Big Thing, My Galaxy N4
    12-03-2014 05:34 PM
  11. MightyMike's Avatar
    through my laptop browser on the Android Device Manager site.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    Does something need to be turned on on the phone?

    Posted via the Next Big Thing, My Galaxy N4
    12-03-2014 05:38 PM
  12. brothamoveson's Avatar
    Does something need to be turned on on the phone?

    Posted via the Next Big Thing, My Galaxy N4
    No not at all. My tablet was off when it was stolen and I was able to wipe it and the SD from my computer.

    Posted from my Note 4 baby.
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    12-03-2014 06:28 PM
  13. anon8380037's Avatar
    ADM is great.
    On Samsung's it's enabled by default, but if you uncheck it in Security - Device Administrators you will be out of luck if you need it.
    If you have a screen lock and you forget your pin/password (or someone messes with your phone), you can get ADM to Lock it again where you will be prompted to enter a new pin which will work.
    It is your phone on your Google account, so logging in with your own account elsewhere gives you access.

    Almeuit's guide:
    http://forums.androidcentral.com/and...ger-guide.html
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    12-03-2014 06:46 PM
  14. MightyMike's Avatar
    ADM is great.
    On Samsung's it's enabled by default, but if you uncheck it in Security - Device Administrators you will be out of luck if you need it.
    If you have a screen lock and you forget your pin/password (or someone messes with your phone), you can get ADM to Lock it again where you will be prompted to enter a new pin which will work.
    It is your phone on your Google account, so logging in with your own account elsewhere gives you access.

    Almeuit's guide:
    http://forums.androidcentral.com/and...ger-guide.html
    Great info...and Thanks for the link!

    Posted via the Next Big Thing, My Galaxy N4
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    12-03-2014 07:26 PM
  15. SamCarterX302's Avatar
    I still don't understand why someone else's phone is registered in my ADM.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    12-03-2014 08:26 PM
  16. NVNJ's Avatar
    Wow. I never knew that this existed on android! I recently left iPhone and wished that android had something similar to find my iPhone.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    12-03-2014 08:40 PM
  17. anon8380037's Avatar
    I still don't understand why someone else's phone is registered in my ADM.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    Yeh. That's an odd one. Coincidentally it was on a GT-I9100 I had as a backup that I figured how to unlock with ADM a few months ago. I sold it for a Moto G since but it was showing on my devices until I hid it.

    You can't actually remove it but only 'hide' it, which works the same. (it's not mine is it? )

    So it's your account and your other Note 4/device is showing too.
    I don't know what to tell you!

    From my SM-N9005 Note 3 on Tapatalk
    12-03-2014 08:49 PM
  18. Bishop_99's Avatar
    You know what's strange? I was just looking at Android Device Manager on my browser, and I noticed I have a phone registered to my account (GT-I9100 Samsung Galaxy S2) which is most definitely not mine. I have never owned a Samsung phone before.

    It appears to be active- it was registered April 29th, and says it was last online yesterday. Now where in the heck did this phone come from?
    I have the same exact phone, the GT-I9100, registered on my account. I've never owned a Galaxy S2. It was registered on October 14, 2013. I never understood it. The carrier is T-Mobile, but it doesn't have a "Last Used" date. Odd.
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    12-03-2014 08:50 PM
  19. MightyMike's Avatar
    This was a good thread for me. I learned a lot about protecting our devices and security. I know it's Not everything, but every lil bit helps. Thanks all!

    Posted via the Next Big Thing, My Galaxy N4
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    12-03-2014 09:11 PM
  20. leerandall's Avatar
    You know what's strange? I was just looking at Android Device Manager on my browser, and I noticed I have a phone registered to my account (GT-I9100 Samsung Galaxy S2) which is most definitely not mine. I have never owned a Samsung phone before.

    It appears to be active- it was registered April 29th, and says it was last online yesterday. Now where in the heck did this phone come from?
    You wouldn't perchance have an Android emulator, something like BlueStacks, installed on a PC and configured to download apps from Google Play, would you? What you describe is exactly my situation and it turned out to be caused by BlueStacks installed on my PC. Evidently the emulator is coded to look like a Samsung phone when logged in to Google.
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    12-03-2014 10:09 PM
  21. Bishop_99's Avatar
    You wouldn't perchance have an Android emulator, something like BlueStacks, installed on a PC and configured to download apps from Google Play, would you? What you describe is exactly my situation and it turned out to be caused by BlueStacks installed on my PC. Evidently the emulator is coded to look like a Samsung phone when logged in to Google.
    That's it, thanks! It was around that time that I tried an Android emulator on my PC.
    12-04-2014 11:11 AM
  22. Kelly Kearns's Avatar
    Personally I like Where's My Droid, paid version, better. You can do more things with it, you can stop it from being uninstalled and it is very accurate. It also has a setting where you can find your phone if you laid it down where you are and it is on silent. You can make it ring a custom ringtone you download, that is very loud, for 10 mins, overriding a silent phone. You can also set it to send a signal flare to your email for location, any time the battery gets down to a specific percentage number, so you can know where it was at say 5%. WMD also does more than the iPhone find app does. I don't remember the cost, I have used it for about 7 years now, but it isn't expensive.
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    12-04-2014 11:36 AM
  23. leerandall's Avatar
    That's it, thanks! It was around that time that I tried an Android emulator on my PC.
    Glad I could help.
    12-04-2014 12:06 PM
  24. anon8380037's Avatar
    So there's an app that translates what an emu is saying?
    Awwwwsome!
    12-04-2014 12:09 PM
  25. Ticojpunk's Avatar
    I recently discovered ADM myself. I was actually considering an iPhone 6 or Plus over the Note 4 because of how great Find My iPhone worked. Glad I found ADM!

    It's funny how stuff that Apple advertises and touts, Android just quietly has all the same stuff (and more).
    anon8380037 likes this.
    12-04-2014 02:33 PM
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