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

January 29, 2014
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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.

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