5 best Android apps to find your phone

by: Joe HindyFebruary 23, 2016
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best android apps to find your phone
Losing your smartphone or having it stolen is one of the most frightening experiences in the modern age. You have your contact information, your personal information, your personal pictures, and possibly even financial data on there that thieves and malcontents drool about. It’s definitely scary but there is something you can do about it. One of the most common Google searches is “find my phone” and with these Android apps, you’ll be able to find your phone very quickly. Please note that the only really good way to find your smartphone is if you have something installed already. Make sure you have a plan in place in case something goes wrong!

ADM - best android apps to find your phoneAndroid Device Manager

[Price: Free]
Android Device Manager is functionality that’s built into every Google Android device and can be turned on by simply flipping a setting. You can learn more on how to do that by clicking here. Once enabled, you can use Android Device Manager on your Android device or computer to quickly find your device. From there, you can go get it back, wipe the device, sound an alarm so you can find it, and even reset your lock screen PIN. It’s an essential tool that’s built right into Android and you should definitely take advantage of it.

Get it now on Google Play!

ADM best android apps to find your phone

family locator best android apps to find your phoneFamily Locator

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Family Locator by Life360 does exactly what the app name says it does. It allows you to create a collective with your family and friends and then you can keep track of where they are via their smartphone. This is also very useful in case one of your friends or family loses their smartphone. You’ll be able to use the app to find it and help them get it back. Since this is more of an app that finds people rather than smartphones, it doesn’t have as many stolen phone features but it’s still better than nothing and it’s great for parents!

Get it now on Google Play!

family locator best android apps to find your phone

Cerberus best android apps to find your phoneCerberus

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Cerberus has long been the name people think of when it comes to anti-theft applications. It has a diverse set of features that includes locking and resetting your phone, sounding alarms, displaying messages on screen for thieves to read, and it even has access to the front facing camera so you can take a picture of the thief. You can also hide Cerberus from the app drawer so people don’t suspect that it’s there, remote shell into your device, and record audio from the mic. It’s powerful and it’s an app everyone should think about getting.

Get it now on Google Play!

prey best android apps to find your phonePrey Anti-Theft

[Price: Free]
Prey is an app that’s been around for a while that many people trust. It’s entire purpose is to help you find your phone if it goes missing but is more lightweight than something like Cerberus. It has the basic features like finding your phone, locking your device, and setting off an alarm. You’ll also be able to take pictures to see where your device may be and gather network information to see where your device has been. It seems to work for most people and that’s what really matters.

Get it now on Google Play!

best Android apps to find your phoneWhere’s My Droid

[Price: Free / $3.99]
Where’s My Droid has been around for a long time and although it looks simple, this little app has a lot of power. It has the basic features like finding your phone, locking it up, and more. The unique features include the ability to send “GPS Flare” when the battery is low so you’ll get the last location no matter what. You can also control who can find your phone by using text messages. There is a free version that covers the very basics with a pro version that unlocks features like remote wiping, keeping the app from being uninstalled, hiding the app icon, and the ability to use a landline when activating the app.

Get it now on Google Play!

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  • crutchcorn

    Or just don’t loose your phone

    • ILostMyName

      How does one loose a phone?

      • crutchcorn

        Put it down someplace. *shrug* IDK. :P

        • Anonymousfella

          “Loose”..you probably ment lose! :P

          • crutchcorn

            That’d explain it. xD Well I mean hey, one leads to another right? Ever had your phone loosly in your pocket and walked around with it? We all know what happens next

          • ERYREB

            “ment”..you probably meant ‘meant’! :P

          • Anonymousfella

            Yes i did! :D

      • Anonymousfella

        try fiddling with the screws…

        • crutchcorn

          Maybe jimmy the screen a little with a suction cup…

        • Shashank Bhardwaj

          What if its an iPhone?

          • Chris

            Use find my iPhone

          • davey

            Then you lucked out. Use the opportunity and buy an Android! ;-)

    • Budispalm

      That’s some silly ass advice. So when someone is jacking your phone, you should wag your finger at them and tell them…Dn’t steal the phone.

      • crutchcorn

        Fam, I kidding.

        • Budispalm

          lol. Aiit.

    • monsoon23

      Your a looser. Your turn Grammar Nazi’s.

  • Floris Metzner

    What about Android Lost…also free

    • Paul M

      Yes, totally agree.
      Android lost is great, works very well, allows you to turn on the GPS and report location, take pictures, sound an alarm, speak a message, lock the device, and more.
      And it’s free. Since I started using it, have put it on all our family devices

  • Shashank Bhardwaj

    Isn’t it simply better to stick to one simple guide for each platform? Like the one here: http://goo.gl/YPmnta

  • umataro42

    Another cool thing Cerberus added is a radar-like search that uses wi-fi hotspot to narrow down a location once you’re in the general vicinity. You can download the Client Cerberus app onto any phone (or tablet that has a data plan), log into your account and then it will beep more frequently as y ou get closer.


  • Abd

    Cerberus will easily block and ban you from using the App forever if they think or even suspect that you’re not using the App according to their liking!!. I got a free lifetime license. After reading many complains in their forums about being permanently blocked without any prior notice (even from a man who was looking after his retarded daughter) I stopped using it because it could stop right when I need it most

    • Chris

      Hence my comment above

  • Chris

    Most of these third party apps look like dog shit. Personally id stick with Google device manager. Never trust your info with Rogue apps

    • JosephHindy

      Design isn’t always indicative of functionality, especially since you don’t actually have to look at these apps ever again once you set them up. Judging them because they don’t look as good as you think they should is a bad way to assess the true value of an application.

  • Sequoia46.2

    I’m really surprised Android Lost didn’t make this list.

  • Tee

    Just curious, do any of these apps work in this scenario?

    Thief steals the phone. Turns it off. Run. Goes back home, removes the SIM card, connects it to a computer and copy/wipe all the data.

    • Paul M

      I think some ROMs have a feature baked in to track the SIM identity so if it changes the device can be tracked even if all user data is wiped.

      • shanto

        can you tell which ROM have that feature ???

    • JosephHindy

      No apps work in that scenario but like Paul M said, there are some custom ROMs that prevent that sort of behavior and I believe they’re making it so you have to enter a password to factory reset (optional) but I’m not 100% certain.

    • Praveen

      cerberus has an option to disable turning off the phone when its locked and take pictures when someone tries to enter wrong code.

  • iksimkd

    I use Cerberus, which I think is the best app if you lose your phone. You don’t always need an internet connection to locate your phone, you can just send an SMS message which gives you back the location of the phone. I love this app and it’s well worth for the 3 euros lifetime licence.

  • Albin

    Android Lost has as much functionality as I want and it keeps out of the way in the meantime. I enjoy looking at the clunky personal project web site. My tablet came with McAfee preinstalled, and I’m ticked that it can’t be uninstalled for something less resource intensive – otherwise seems to work alright.

    • Augustus Sotelo

      Root your phone to remove that garbage bloatware.

  • I use the original Google tracking system. I tried to use it when I was mugged earlier this year and I could track it for about 20 minutes. But the helpless Brazilian police were not very interested in helping a tax payer citizen. There’s another popular app that has this feature: AirDroid. I already tested it and works perfectly!

  • ajstetson17

    What about Lookout?

  • hawki

    I’m just wondering why you can’t find a phone by typing in an imei. Seems like it shouldn’t be difficult.

    • JosephHindy

      Carriers can blacklist phones doing that but that system can also be abused (e.g. to track people) so it may be better that you can’t do that.

  • Naresh Landam

    Google’s Android Device Manager helps you to remotely locate your device and wipe your phone’s data, if it is lost or stolen. It also provides protection to your lost phone by enabling remote locking. I found this info in here, give it a look it wold be helpful, http://www.spinfold.com/less-known-android-features/

  • Roopa Lavanya

    Hangover studios has build very good apps to track the lost / stolen android apps, I like their Phone Tracker App most, the best option is we can install and try few features and purchase if you want more features, Free apps are also available.


  • Roopa Lavanya

    Mobile Anti Theft from Hangover studios is the best app to track your lost mobile, I got my mobile back using this app.


  • Roopa Lavanya

    Hangover Studios, Phone tracking apps are good. I am using Phone Tracker app it is useful.


  • pitersonsmth

    Hi! i would like to let you know about anti-theft app. And that is Fonegard app is basically that app which helps in protecting your mobile phone from being theft. I am using this app from long time and really satisfied with it. leavinga link below just check: http://www.fonegard.co/

  • Mr Vain

    Look out for Cerberus and its very restrictive Terms of Service. They blocked my account because I used some functions too often to monitor my empty car when the alarm engaged. Their terms of service limits the number of times you can use some of the functions, if you exceed the limit your account gets blocked. Unfortunately they do not give you any heads-up and the Terms of Service are well hidden, not mentioned in Google Play description. Now I switched to Lost Android, the same functionality, works even better and their are not limiting you in any way!

  • Kiran

    hi i would like to know you all about the new anti-theft app in the android market it’s vigildroid.. one amazing thing is it can controlled via SMS commands that are sent from any other mobile phone.You don’t need a computer or internet connection to locate and control your lost phone.All you need is another mobile phone to send the SMS commands from.
    The simple and best app to recover your phone or data, if it is lost, misplaced or stolen.. it is available in the google playstore.

  • Roopa Lavanya

    One of the best anti theft phone tracker : Mobile anti theft from hangover studios , Find the details below.



  • Chiggyxxxxxxx .

    For christs sake you don’t LOOSE your phone – you LOSE your phone!!!!

    • davey

      If you’re going to criticize grammar and spelling, check your own: It’s “Christ’s sake” ;-)

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  • P. Bridges

    Help! I uploaded Instagram on to a new Samsung and it SHRUNK my keypad for typing. Its already miniscule. How do I get it back to its original size?

  • Dtect

    None of which are open source…

  • Slava Verna

    I suggest you to give a look at the new spy app SpyToMobile. It shows texts, calls, WhatsApp and Viber info, location. It is completely invisible

  • Can AndroidDeviceManager (for reliability) and WheresMyDroid (for features) just combine to create one kickass phone tracking app.

  • Arnav

    Hey guyz…which app is the most helpful for this?