A smartphone is important, period! Yes, one cannot imagine life without a smartphone in 2020 and that is why it is one of the best selling devices today. You want to know everything about a person browse their phone because this is where all the data is and it could become a threat to you someday.
You wouldn’t want to lose your phone and expose all your personal data to a stranger; you need strong protection and ensure that your personal information stays that way. Many times this is not possible and the only option left for you is to remotely wipe all your personal data from your stolen / lost phone.
If you make sure to follow all the steps mentioned below on how you can erase all your personal data from your lost device via internet then you might save yourself.
Have your Android smartphone with you now – Download “Find my device”.
- Open Google Play Store
- Download “Find my device”
- Go to Google settings, then find my device.
- Activate “Find my device”
- Allow access to location services through the app.
This app also works for all Android tablets and smartphones.
Once the app is installed and if it is stolen, you might want to install the app on another Android device and then sign in.
Once you are logged into your account and your stolen smartphone is connected to the internet or even receives minimal signals, you will be able to track the location of your smartphone live on a map.
You will have three options:
- Ring device
- Lock the device
- Delete device
If in the case, your stolen device is not connected to the internet, the Find My Device app will wait for the signal and report by notification, the exact location where the device found signals!
Once you know the location of your device, you can choose between the three options and for maximum security of your personal data, opt for “Erase Device”.
This option will permanently erase all your personal and private data from your Android smartphone, you may want to keep it as a last measure.
If you think it is safe to retrieve your phone, ring the device. This feature will make your stolen or lost smartphone ring at maximum volume for 5 minutes. So if your phone is not stolen and dropped or whatever, you can still ring the device to find out if it is anywhere near you.
Then you can lock your smartphone remotely via the “Find My Device” application.
If you are skeptical and don’t know whether your phone is locked or not, you can remotely access this feature to lock the device screen and set password or security question. If the thief is not a professional hacker, it will prevent him from viewing your phone information including photos, videos, notes, bank details, etc.
The last but most effective measure is to erase your device. Imagine that you have lost hope of finding your stolen or lost Android device and the above two options did not work. This option will give you the satisfaction that your personal data is no longer accessible.
Unless you have data stored on your micro SD card, because “Find my device” will not be able to erase the data on your SD card!
Never store sensitive information on your SD card as you will not be able to remotely access or format your data from the small storage chip using “Find my device”.
This is how you can erase all your personal / private / sensitive data from your lost or stolen smartphone or Android device, in general, using the “Find My Device” app available on Google Play Store.