1. jasonvancouver's Avatar
    I want to have a "find my phone" app on on Galaxy S5...is there a native app for this ?

    Hello, I upgraded to the Galaxy S5 and I am wondering if it has a app that is similar to apple's "find my iphone" app. If not, can anyone recommend a 3rd party app to help locate a lost phone ?

    I planned on installing "Avast Free Mobile Security"...which appears to have a "find my phone functionality."

    Is there a native app that is better, or should I go with Avast ? I just would like an app that would help me find my phone if I loose it, etc.

    thanks !
    09-07-2014 06:41 PM
  2. erasat's Avatar
    Android Device Manager is incorporated in all our phones for quite some time now, just activate it in your Security settings under Device Administrators.
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    09-07-2014 06:53 PM
  3. thecomicbookandme's Avatar
    Cerberus anti theft

    Posted via Me
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    09-07-2014 06:53 PM
  4. jasonvancouver's Avatar
    Android Device Manager is incorporated in all our phones for quite some time now, just activate it in your Security settings under Device Administrators.
    Thank you.... I activated both Android Device Manager and Support and Protection....both from the Security menu...

    Is it that simple....is there anything else I need to do ?

    thanks again,

    Jason
    09-07-2014 07:03 PM
  5. jasonvancouver's Avatar
    Would installing Avast be redundant ?
    09-07-2014 07:05 PM
  6. sweetypie31's Avatar
    Lookout security has that feature as well.

    Posted via Android Central App
    09-07-2014 07:46 PM
  7. williams448's Avatar
    Would installing Avast be redundant ?
    Probably. Android device manager is very simple to use after setting it up. Just find any device you log into Google, and you can locate your device. You can also make your phone ring, or wipe the data off your phone.

    Just remember, if you wipe the data off your phone, you will no longer be able to locate it because it will remove your account from the device.

    Posted with my badass Galaxy S5
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    09-07-2014 07:51 PM
  8. shanghaichica's Avatar
    You can also use find my mobile. Samsung. com

    It's Web based.

    Posted from my S5
    09-08-2014 12:58 AM
  9. Kel M's Avatar
    Cerberus anti theft

    Posted via Me
    The best ever, is like the NSA
    09-08-2014 12:59 AM
  10. jalabi99's Avatar
    I want to have a "find my phone" app on on Galaxy S5...is there a native app for this ?

    Hello, I upgraded to the Galaxy S5 and I am wondering if it has a app that is similar to apple's "find my iphone" app. If not, can anyone recommend a 3rd party app to help locate a lost phone ?

    I planned on installing "Avast Free Mobile Security"...which appears to have a "find my phone functionality."

    Is there a native app that is better, or should I go with Avast ? I just would like an app that would help me find my phone if I loose it, etc.

    thanks !
    I'd use Prey Anti Theft before I'd use Avast, personally.
    09-08-2014 03:37 AM
  11. jasonvancouver's Avatar
    Android Device Manager is incorporated in all our phones for quite some time now, just activate it in your Security settings under Device Administrators.

    Thank you, erasat... it looks like there are a lot of options for a "find my phone" app.

    I did activate Android Device Manager under Device Administrators, as you suggested. There are two boxes that I checked (viewable after going to Device Adminstrators : 1. Android Device Manager and 2. Support and Protection...

    My question..
    1. Is this all that I need to do ?
    2. What are the steps that I would take if I lost my phone, now that I have activated these two settings.

    Thanks for your help.... very new to this phone.

    Jason.
    09-08-2014 08:21 PM
  12. erasat's Avatar
    That's all you need to do, and on case you need to locate or erase your phone just go to Android device manager site (https://www.google.com/android/devicemanager?u=0) or you can go now and you will see the options you have in advance.

    Thank you, erasat... it looks like there are a lot of options for a "find my phone" app.

    I did activate Android Device Manager under Device Administrators, as you suggested. There are two boxes that I checked (viewable after going to Device Adminstrators : 1. Android Device Manager and 2. Support and Protection...

    My question..
    1. Is this all that I need to do ?
    2. What are the steps that I would take if I lost my phone, now that I have activated these two settings.

    Thanks for your help.... very new to this phone.

    Jason.
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    09-09-2014 07:57 AM
  13. jasonvancouver's Avatar
    That's all you need to do, and on case you need to locate or erase your phone just go to Android device manager site (https://www.google.com/android/devicemanager?u=0) or you can go now and you will see the options you have in advance.
    thank you, Erasat!~
    09-10-2014 07:38 AM
  14. theonlybuster's Avatar
    The link erasat posted is great IF you have Location enabled on your phone. I personally keep mine off (unless I need it), so with me it's mostly pointless. That being said, I use WhereMyDroid. It has a feature that will enable Location as long as there's a mobile or wifi signal on the phone, which will allow you to track and find the phone.
    It also offers remote wipe, you can hide the icon (W/o rooting), and a few other features. And even a few more things if you pay for the full version.
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    09-10-2014 07:49 AM
  15. Nickerz's Avatar
    Android Device Manager is incorporated in all our phones for quite some time now, just activate it in your Security settings under Device Administrators.
    After using Android Device Manager (ADM), it seems the features (locate, ring, etc.) ONLY work IF the phone's screen is on and/or unlocked. So here's my issue...

    Screen timeout is set to 15 seconds and then my phone locks automatically. So when the screen blacks out the ADM app DOESN'T work! None of the features work. If I press the side power button to get the screen to turn on ADM works. The problem with this is it times out after a few seconds and in this state ADM doesn't work. This means if my phone is lost or stolen, the ADM app is worthless. It won't work unless your phone is lit up and/or unlocked and someone is using it.

    Does this make any sense? What's the point? I've played around with it and this is how it consistently works. Am I doing something wrong?

    By the way, I used Samsung's FindMyPhone.Samsung.com app that came on the phone. It works with the phone in time out or standby mode but apparently not if the phone is powered off. Same thing with LookOut which is also preloaded on the S5 but LookOut never sounded the "scream" siren, not once.

    Why is it this hard to find 1 app that just works like it should? I had BuddyGuard on my BlackBerry and it flat out worked no matter what. No issues, no worries.

    I even tried Avast for Android and this thing is buggy as can be. Great concept but many of the features never worked. It said it was working but didn't work on my phone. Very frustrated realizing I'm dead in the water if I lose my phone or it's stolen. I'll be sitting at my PC logged into all these apps that say they are doing something when in reality they aren't doing anything!!! ARG!!!!
    09-28-2014 12:56 AM
  16. AZgl1500's Avatar
    Okay, the phone is Powered Off.

    That means it is not working at all.

    Just why would you think that there would be a way to force it on?

    You can't make a device work if it has no power to it.

    By the way, I used Samsung's FindMyPhone.Samsung.com app that came on the phone. It works with the phone in time out or standby mode but apparently not if the phone is powered off. Same thing with LookOut which is also preloaded on the S5 but LookOut never sounded the "scream" siren, not once.
    09-28-2014 08:35 AM
  17. Nickerz's Avatar
    Okay, the phone is Powered Off.

    That means it is not working at all.

    Just why would you think that there would be a way to force it on?

    You can't make a device work if it has no power to it.
    I was thinking it could still be located as long as the battery was in the phone. Just b/c the phone is powered off doesn't mean it's a brick. There was an app that would still be able to work as long as the battery was still in.

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    09-28-2014 12:32 PM
  18. appliancejunk's Avatar
    Androidlost is an amazing app with a ton of features all for free.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    09-28-2014 02:29 PM
  19. Nickerz's Avatar
    Androidlost is an amazing app with a ton of features all for free.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    Thanks! I'll try this one & thanks to the op for suggesting Cerberus! This one has a ton of features...but it's not free. I'll pay for a good secure app. Makes sense to spend a few bucks for an expensive phone!
    09-28-2014 02:56 PM

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