It was only a month ago that Google took the wraps off the Android Device Manager, which essentially brought basic “find my phone” functionality over to Android without the need of a third-party program.

In its original form, ADM allowed users to either find their device or remotely wipe it – that was it. As expected, ADM has now received a new feature: the ability to remotely lock your device with a new password.

Basically, you can now simply log in through the ADM’s web interface and force a password change that will override any existing security method you had in place. This is particularly important if you didn’t have very tight security in place to begin with.

What if your handset is off or in airplane mode? Don’t worry, the second your device attempts to connect to a network, ADM will change the password and lock your device down.

Even with the new feature, ADM isn’t nearly as feature-packed as security solutions like Cerberus, but it is still worlds better than going completely unprotected and it’s nice to have some kind of “phone finder” functionality directly from Google.

If you’ve yet to try out ADM, you should. Set up is easy, and it’s nice to have a little extra peace of mind knowing that, if your device is lost or stolen, you have an easy way to locate and protect it.

Andrew Grush
Andrew is dedicated to reporting on the latest developments in the world of Android, and is very passionate about mobile technology and technological innovation in general. While he appreciates Android in all of its forms, he prefers a clean stock experience when possible and currently rocks a Nexus 5. Andrew also loves to engage with his readers, and welcomes well-thought-out conversations and responses in the comments section!
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