Search
Clear search
Close search
Google apps
Main menu

Find, lock, or erase a lost Android device

If you lose an Android phone, tablet, or Wear watch, you can find, lock, or erase it. If you've added a Google Account to your Android device, Find My Device is automatically turned on.

To use Find My Device, your lost 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

Lost Android Wear watches must also be running Android Wear 2.0 and up.

Learn how to make sure that your device can be found if it gets lost.

Tip: If you've linked your phone to Google, you can find or ring it by searching for find my phone on google.com.

Remotely find, lock, or erase

  1. Go to android.com/find and sign in to your Google Account.
  2. If you have more than one device, click the lost device at the top of the screen.
  3. The device gets a notification.
  4. On the map, see about where the device is.
    • The location is approximate and might not be accurate.
    • If your device can't be found, you'll see its last known location, if available.
  5. Pick what you want to do. If needed, first click Enable lock & erase.
    • Play sound
      Rings your device at full volume for 5 minutes, even if it's set to silent or vibrate.
    • Lock
      Locks your device with your PIN, pattern, or password. If you don't have a lock, you can set one. To help someone return your device to you, you can add a message or phone number to the lock screen.
    • Erase
      Permanently deletes all data on your device (but might not delete SD cards). After you erase, Find My Device won't work on the device.
      Important: If you find your device after erasing, you'll likely need your Google Account password to use it again. Learn about device protection.
Find with an app
  1. On another Android phone or tablet, open the Find My Device app Find My Device app. If the other device doesn't yet have the app, get it on Google Play.
  2. Sign in.
    • If your own device is lost, tap Continue as [your name].
    • If you're helping a friend, tap Sign in as guest and let your friend sign in.
  3. Follow the same steps as for the website.
Find with your Android Wear watch

If you have an Android Wear watch paired by Bluetooth with a lost phone or tablet, you can use your watch to find it.

Learn how to find your device with your watch.

 

Watch a video about finding your device

Find My Device

 

Related articles

Amy

Amy is an Android expert and author of this help page. Leave her feedback below about the page.

Was this article helpful?
How can we improve it?