Google launched ‘My Account’ last year, which is essentially a hub that lets users control their account’s security and privacy features. A year later, Google is improving the hub by adding new features such as ‘Find your phone’. As the name suggests, this feature will let you track your stolen or misplaced smartphone in real-time, and what’s more, it is now compatible with iOS as well. Also Read - Google Chrome sending Enhanced Safe Browsing notifications? Know all about it hereAlso Read - Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro are really happening and Google just teased them
Last year Google introduced a feature called Android Device Manager, which lets you track a stolen or misplaced Android device. But Google now seems to be streamlining its services by adding this feature to its My Account hub. The overall functionality though remains the same. Also Read - Nord 2 5G explosion fiasco: OnePlus releases statement following investigation
To track your lost device, you can now head over to Google’s My Account page, and scroll down till you see the ‘Find your phone’ feature. Once you have logged into your Google account, you will see a list of all the devices that have been used to log into your account. Choose the relevant device, and you will end up on the page with various options ranging from locating your device to ringing at max volume.
Once you have located your device, you are given options like calling the device, locking it, erasing it, signing out of your Google account on the device, or ring at max volume even if it is on silent mode. There is also an option to call your network operator to disable the SIM card.
While some might welcome Google’s feature on the iOS platform, let us warn you that the experience on both platforms is quite different. In fact, if you were to lose your iPhone you will be better served to use Apple’s own ‘Find my iPhone’ feature.
For example, the locate feature on Android simply opens Google Maps and shows you an approximate location of your device. On iOS though, it asks you to head over to iCloud.com to login and essentially use Apple’s Find my iPhone feature to locate your device. It’s the same scenario if you want to lock your device as well. The only option that seems to work well is the sign out feature.