Android Device Manager

If you lose your Android device associated with your Google Account, Android Device Manager can help you find, lock, and erase it.

If you believe your device has been stolen, contact law enforcement. Don’t attempt to retrieve the device yourself.

Turn on Android Device Manager

  1. Open  Google Settings from your device’s apps menu.
  2. Touch Android Device Manager.

You can turn on the following options:

  • Remotely locate this device. Find your device and show its approximate location on Google Maps. For devices running 4.1 and higher, location access must also be enabled. To turn it on, go to Google Settings > Location > Access location.
  • Allow remote lock and factory reset. Lock your device and erase everything on it. You can also change the lock screen passcode. Touch this option, then select Activate to turn on the device administrator.
If more than one person uses a tablet, only the tablet owner can turn on Android Device Manager.

Find your device

Android Device Manager on the web
  1. Sign in to your Google Account on android.com/devicemanager. If you're using a Google Apps account, you will sign in to your My Devices page.

    You'll get a notification on each of the mobile devices that are linked to your Google Account. The notification asks you to turn on Android Device Manager.

  2. If you have more than one device, select the arrow next to the device name to change the one displayed. To rename the device, use the  Edit icon.

Locate a friend's device

If a friend loses their device, they can sign in to Android Device Manager on Chrome using your mobile device. They should follow the instructions below instead of adding their account to your device.

  1. Open Chrome, and create an incognito tab.
  2. Have your friend sign in to the Google Account that they use on their mobile device.
  3. After locating the device, have your friend follow the steps below to remotely lock or erase the phone or tablet.
  4. When your friend is finished, close the Chrome tab.
Android Device Manager app
  1. Download & install the Android Device Manager app on Google Play.
  2. If you're using a phone and have more than one device, swipe along the bottom of the screen to see those devices. If you're using a tablet, touch the arrow next to the device name to change the one displayed.

    To rename a device, choose the one you want, then touch Menu > Rename device.

If you haven’t already set up the lock and erase features for a device, follow these steps:

  1. If you're on a phone, swipe to the device at the bottom of the screen; if you're using a tablet, touch the arrow next to the device name to choose a device.
  2. Touch Setup Lock & Erase.
  3. Touch Send to receive a notification.
  4. Swipe down from the top of the screen to open the notification tray, then touch the notification for “Android Device Manager.”
  5. Touch Activate, and make sure both options are checked.

To change which account is shown in the app, touch the arrow icon at the top of the screen, then touch an account.

Remotely ring, lock, or erase your device

When your device is found, you'll see the device's approximate location on a map and when it was last used.

Android Device Manager doesn’t collect a location history. Your device’s approximate location is requested when you first sign in, and this location data is deleted when you sign out of the device manager.

You can select the following options:

  • Ring. Ring your device at full volume for 5 minutes - even if it’s set to silent or vibrate.
  • Lock. Lock your device with a new password.
  • Erase. Permanently delete all of your data.

Devices that are offline or powered off

If your device is offline, Android Device Manager won’t be able to ring, lock, or erase the device until there’s a mobile data or Wi-Fi connection. Select any of the options in advance, and the action will be performed once the device is back online.

Android Device Manager won’t work for devices that are powered off.

Hide devices on Google Play

If you hide a device on Google Play, the device won’t appear in Android Device Manager. You can hide or show devices on Google Play by going to play.google.com/settings and selecting a device in the Visibility column.