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.

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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