Be ready to find a lost Android device

To be prepared in case you lose your phone or tablet or Wear OS watch, you can check that Find My Device can find it.

If your device is already lost learn how to find, lock or erase it.

Note: Some of these steps work only on Android 8.0 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Make sure that your device can be found

After you sign in to a Google Account on an Android device, Find My Device is on by default.

To use Find My Device, a lost Android device must:

  • Be turned on
  • Be signed in to a Google Account
  • Be connected to mobile data or Wi-Fi
  • Be visible on Google Play
  • Have Location turned on
  • Have Find My Device turned on
Step 1: Check that Find My Device is on
If you turned off Find My Device:
  1. Open your device's Settings app.
  2. Tap Security And then Find My Device. If you don't see 'Security', tap Security & location or Google And then Security.
  3. Make sure that Find My Device is turned on.

If you have a tablet that people share, only the tablet’s owner can change these settings.

Step 2: Check that Location is on
  1. Open your device's Settings app.
  2. Tap Location. If you don't see 'Location', tap Security & location And then Location.
  3. Turn on Location.
Step 3: Check that Google Play visibility is on
If you hide a device on Google Play, it won't show in Find My Device. To show a device:
  1. Open
  2. Under 'Visibility', pick the device.
Step 4: Check that you can find your device
  1. Open
  2. Sign in to your Google Account.
    Note: If this device has more than one user profile, sign in with a Google Account that's on the main profile. Learn about user profiles.
  3. If you have more than one device, click this device at the top of the screen.

Install the app

To be prepared to use one Android phone or tablet to find another, install the Find My Device app Find My Device app.

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