Android Device Manager updated, adds password prompt and minor bug fixes

by: Andrew GrushJanuary 29, 2014

Back in August Google introduced Android Device Manager, finally giving us a built-in “phone finder” solution for Android. Although not nearly as feature complete as many third-party programs, ADM is still a valuable tool for most users.

Bringing an extra layer of security to ADM, Google has now introduced a new update that allows you to require a password when opening the app or switching accounts. This might not seem that significant, but the change means that someone can’t just pick up your phone and wipe other devices connected to the account or mess with your settings.

Most of us probably already a lockscreen password in place that prevents unauthorized users from launching apps, but it never hurts to be extra cautious. If you occasionally let your children use mobile devices connected to your account, this could also prevent them from accidentally messing with ADM.

Aside from the addition of a password-protected log-in to the app, Google’s change-log also mentions that the update brings bug fixes and performance improvements. You can grab the update now directly from Google Play.

  • Mayoo

    In other news, Google’s newest flagship phone still didn’t get a picture …

    • MasterMuffin

      What? Also I feel like being mean today, so:
      *didn’t get

      • Mayoo

        Corrected, thank you! You are not mean at all, everyone should do this. Makes me learn every day (not my primary language)

        • MasterMuffin

          Well I guess you’re welcome :D

  • Simon

    you might want to blur your email out unless its a fake one,

    also good post :)

  • Jayfeather787

    I prefer this over any other device manager, though.

  • Craig Trunzo

    I can;t get it to ask for a password. Cleared Data, uninstalled/reinstalled, used Google Settings. I open the app and it goes right on it with no password prompt.

    Anyone else have the same issue?