Losing a mobile phone can be a terrible experience as it contains a lot of our personal information such as photos, e-mails, bank details etc. As per a 2019 report, 200 mobile phones are lost every day in the city of Bengaluru in India and the numbers are not very different in other cities, which goes on to show that mobile theft or loss is a real problem.
Follow these 3 simple steps to prevent misuse of your data in case you lost your mobile phone
Enable screen lock
Protect data on your mobile phone with screen lock, this will prevent unauthorized access in case your mobile phone is lost or stolen.
Encrypting your mobile phone will ensure that an unauthorized person cannot bypass your screen lock and retrieve your personal data from your phone. Refer to the How to encrypt android phone? blog for more information
Find, lock, or erase your phone:
Add a Google account to your phone so that you can remotely find, lock or erase your phone in case you lost it.
In case you lost your phone follow these steps to track or erase your phone remotely
- Go to android.com/find and sign in to your Google Account.
- On the map, you’ll get info about where the phone is.
- The location is approximate and might not be accurate.
- If your phone can’t be found, you’ll see its last known location, if available.
- Choose one of the following:
- Play sound: Rings your phone at full volume for 5 minutes, even if it’s set to silent or vibrate.
- Secure device: Locks your phone with your PIN, pattern, or password. If you don’t have a lock, you can set one. To help someone return your phone to you, you can add a message or phone number to the lock screen.
- Erase device: Permanently deletes all data on your phone (but might not delete SD cards). After you erase, Find My Device won’t work on the phone.
Please note that that the following conditions must be met for your phone to found. Your phone 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