What is Device Manager?
Device Manager is a Control Panel applet in your OS that allows you to view and control all the hardware attached to your system. Device Manager highlights any piece of hardware that malfunctions and helps you do things like enabling/disabling devices, supplying device drivers, viewing other technical properties, etc.
What can you do with Android Device Manager?
You can remotely control your Android device and do the following things with Android Device Manager:
Locating The Device
Firstly, the Android Device Manager needs to be installed on the device and connected to the respective Google account of the owner. Once this is accomplished, it becomes easy to track the device by signing in from any system. The device owner can locate and view on the map even if it is being taken around. The Android Device Manager supports adding up multiple devices, and it is easy to view them in a drop-down list view.
Lock or Ring or Wipe – Choose Your Actions Wisely
When the device goes missing, the device owner can either choose to lock the device or ring it to protect the data inside. The user might also choose to set or change a PIN or password. A message is shown on the locked screen to help the device possessor to contact the device owner. Ringing the device will start the smartphone to ring at its maximum volume even if the ringer is turned down or off. The phone will ring at full volume for the next five minutes. The Android Device Manager website can be accessed by the device owner from any computer or by just signing in as a guest on the Android Device Manager app.in from a friends Android device.
Obviously, when there are clear indicators that the device is unrecoverable, the user can wipe the device using the Android Device Manager. After the wipe command is executed, it will restore the phone to factory settings. The device owner will not be able to connect with the instrument forever using the Android Device Manager. This option works even when the power is off!
Wipe a device that you have no chance of recovering
Once you're sure that there are absolutely no chances to recover your lost Android device, you can use Android Device Manager to remotely wipe your device clean. It's just like using the Lock or Ring option. Just connect to your device and use the wipe option to bring your phone/device back to the same settings it had while it was brand new. That way no one can misuse your device or the data that you had stored on it. You can use this option even when the power is off.
Help a friend track and control his lost/stolen device
There is an option to log in as a "Guest" on Android Device Manager. You can use this to let a friend of your locate and control (lock, ring or wipe) his device which has either been lost or stolen.
How to Use Android Device Manager
Android Device Manager is an essential security feature that helps in locating a stolen or lost device. When the device is confirmed to be unrecoverable, the owner might choose to remotely lock or wipe the content from the Android device. In order to enjoy this security feature, the device owner is required to connect the device to their Google account.
Install Android Device Manager…
Installing Android Device Manager is quite easy. You can find Android Device Manager on the Google Play app and then download and install it, like any other app. However, you'll have to go to your settings and allow the app to act as a Device Administrator, thereby giving you the power to lock or wipe the device.
Signing in to Android Device Manager
To download Android Device Manager, you'll need a Google account. You'll need to sign into Device Manager using that account. For this you can use any of the Google accounts that you have on your phone. You'll find these accounts in a drop-down list when you open the app. You can sign in by using the password of your Google account and then clicking the blue sign in button.
How do I Use Android Device Manager?
Using Android Device Manager is easy. There are a few basic things that need to be done after downloading and installing the app:
- Begin by connecting your Android Device Manager to your Google account.
- Make sure the location feature is turned on.
- Enable remote data wipe.
- Log in with your Google account to the Android Device Manager website or to the app on another device to locate and control your device if it's lost or stolen.
- Upon logging in, you'll see a dashboard pop up that will show you where your device is, with the other options.
- You can know the location of the device by checking the map that appears automatically.
- You'll also get information about the battery level, whether the device is online and when & where it was last located.
- You can choose to ring your device continuously for 5 minutes at the highest volume by pressing the Play Sound option.
- You can use the Lock option to lock your Android device remotely so that no one lays hand on or uses your data.
- You can use the Erase option to erase all your apps, photos, music and other settings from your device. Even if your device is offline, the next time it comes online, the erase and reset would happen.
- Remember that once your device has been wiped clean, you won't be able to access it from the app.