How to find your lost Android phone or tablet using Google search

Google search now helps you to find your lost phone.

Find my Android phone in Google

Nowadays, you can find anything on Google, if you want to know how tall is the Eiffel Tower, ask Google. Need information about the weather, movies, your favorite actor, just Google it. Now, if you lost your Android phone under the car sit, tossed it around the couch cushions, and you can’t find it, you can now ask this to Google too.

With technology from Google’s Android Device Manager, the search giant has built a new functionality inside of search designed specifically to find your phone. This means that if you ever lose your phone, you can simply launch a web browser in your computer, sign-in to your Google account linked to your phone (obviously), and type “find my phone” in the mighty search box.

In the results page, you’ll get a Google Map with a location of your Android device. If you have more than one Android device linked to your Google account, you can use the drop-down menu in the top-right corner of the map to select the device in question.

Quick Tip: You can also type “find my tablet” and “my phone is lost” to bring up the feature in Google search.

For security reasons, Google will ask you to sign in again to double-check you’re the owner of the account.

After signing in again, Google will try to locate your phone, and you’ll see it on the map, then click the Ring button on the bottom-left corner of the screen. This will make the phone ring very loud, hopefully loud enough for you to find it, or for someone else to find it and return it to you.

Although, this is a great feature for Android devices, you can’t use the this feature to also remote wipe your phone, if you suspect it has been stolen — this is the job for Google’s Android Device Manager.

The new search query to find your phone only works with the desktop version of Google, but if you use a tablet, you can request a desktop version of the Google, and get the functionality working.

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Mauro Huculak is a Windows expert and the Editor-in-Chief who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He is also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 12 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows, software, and related technologies, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and About.me.