Android Device Manager app launches in Play Store

December 11, 2013
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Android Device manager app (1)

Google released an Android app for its Android Device Manager service which allows users to locate, ring, lock, and wipe devices remotely. Previously, the service was only available via a web interface.

Android Device Manager first launched in early August, giving users who lost or misplaced their devices the possibility to find them or secure them against prying eyes. The ADM app has exactly the same functionality as the web version, but the interface is faster and far more suitable for a mobile device screen. The web app remains available at https://www.google.com/android/devicemanager.

The Android Device Manager app should especially come in handy to those who own several devices. With it, you can use your tablet or a secondary device to find, ring, lock, or erase content on your missing smartphone with ease. In case you’re wondering what happens if you try to locate the device you’re using the app on, the app helpfully tells you that the device is in your hand. The app works with multiple user accounts.

In order to use ADM, you will have to allow it to act as a device administrator first, from Settings>Security>Device administrators, or by sending a notification to do so, either from the app or from the web interface.

Android Device Manager for Android is available in the Play Store here.

Comments

  • Androidway

    When is the next Nexus 10 coming out?

  • theycallmeWat?

    What if someone steal’s my phone and manages to bypass the lockscreen… can they then lock/wipe my other devices? Maybe there should be a password feature to sign in to the app or at least to lock/wipe other devices within the app

    • districtjack

      Use a strong password. If someone bypasses your lock screen, you’ll have a lot more to worry about than other devices being locked/wiped.

      • theycallmeWat?

        No arguments here bro. If my lockscreen’s bypassed I’d be in a heap of trouble! But then if having a strong lockscreen password is enough to protect my phone or other devices then why even bother having the ability to lock/wipe a device using the ADM? Would be nice if google added in some additional password protection… that’s all I’m saying

        • districtjack

          If you see your unlocked phone stolen before your very eyes you can lock or wipe it. Personally, I’d just wipe it immediately if it was indeed unlocked. But I see your point if someone took your unlocked phone while you were sleeping and then in a malicious way, locked or wiped every device you had connected to ADM. Which brings us back to the unlocked lock screen issue. Keep it locked. A strong password is easy to remember if used frequently. If you don’t keep it locked, you need a second password in ADM…and if you don’t keep you ADM password in your head as well as your lock screen password, you won’t be able to wipe the thief’s new phone.

  • John Garlits

    The best part is when you look up the device you’re using. ;)

    • deepen915

      it says “In Your Hand”.. so awesome haha

  • Albin

    I have Android Lost installed at only 187k storage – is this better? Having a storage limited phone I don’t like Google’s assumption that there’s “always more room” for it’s next bloated update so unless there’s some functional bonus to installing it, no cigar.

  • Simon Belmont

    I was wondering when Google was going to release an accompanying app for Android Device Manager. Nice to see they finally did.

    Here’s my problem, though. Anyone that stole or found your phone or tablet could POTENTIALLY wipe or lock (or locate) any of your other devices on the account. The Android Device Manager app doesn’t even need to be INSTALLED before someone steals your phone. All the thief would have to do is install it themselves and, BOOM, access to obliterate your other devices’ contents. Google needs to ENFORCE either a PIN or PASSWORD setting when the app is first downloaded and each and every time the app is opened before these abilities are given to the user. I’m sure they’d argue that you should use a pin, password, or pattern lock in the first place to prevent that, but I really think the app, itself, should be locked down. Even an entirely innocent scenario where my kid was playing with my phone and accidentally wiped all of my other devices could be prevented. Come on, Google, fix this.