How to track and recover your stolen android phone

How to track and recover your stolen android phone. Your phone has been stolen and you are helpless. what you can alone do is to cry and that is the end. that is in the past, with the ever changing technology you can actually bring back your stolen phone. Just learn how to track and recover your stolen android phone. There are a lot of tracking softwares you can used to track and recover your stolen android phone but here we will not be using tracking software.

How to track and recover your stolen android phone

The rate at which those guys steal and collect somebody’s phone this days is alarming especially in Nigeria. Here in Nigeria we have professionals who specialized in stealing someone phone. Let me i cannot count how many time my android phones have been stolen. Everybody will have their own testimony about stolen phone. that is why it very important to learn how to track and recover your stolen android phone especially in Nigeria and other  Africa countries.

How to track and recover your stolen android phone

If you are android user you should take advantage of tracking software from android play store and install it to protect your phones from being stolen or lost. how to do that will be in another post. check back.

Now you don’t have tracking app instilled on your stolen phone and it is too late to install them. we will show you how to track and recover your stolen phone without tracking software. Let’s go:

Track and recover your lost Android with Android Device Manager or Google Find My Device

The first method on how to tract and recover your stolen android phone is by using the Android Device Manager or Google Find my Device.


  • Your device is connected with your Google account.
  • Your device has access to the internet.
  • Allowed Android Device Manager (ADM) to locate your device (turned on by default). This can changed in the Google Settings app.
  • Allowed ADM to lock your device and erase its data (turned off by default).

How to track and recover your stolen android phone

Android Device Manager (also called Google Find My Device) is Google’s official and easy-to-use tool to track your Android phone or tablet. The best thing about it is that you don’t need to install an app to be able to track your devices. The only requirement is that your device is connected to your Google account, turned on and connected to the internet. All you need to do is visit the Android Device Manager while being logged into your Google Account. Once the site is loaded it will automatically try to track down your phone. If you have several Android devices registered, make sure the right one is chosen in the drop down menu.

In a recent update, Google implemented some of ADM’s features into their search results page. This means that you’re able to quickly locate any registered Android device right from the search results. By using the search phrase “where is my phone”, Google displays a little map above the search results in which it will try to find your phone. Once found, you can let it ring by clicking on “Ring” at the bottom left.

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Although this makes it more convenient to find your phone quickly, it won’t offer you all the options you get with the full version of Android Device Manager.

How to track and recover your stolen android phone

Using ADM, you are able to track your registered Android devices, let your phone ring and wipe your phone’s data (which has to be enabled manually). Besides that, ADM doesn’t offer more options to remote control your phone. I hope that Google keeps improving it and introduces more helpful features, such as  taking pictures in case it got stolen and you want to take a snapshot of the person who took it.

In case there’s no laptop around when you lose your device, you can also use someone else’s Android phone to track it. Instead of using the mobile browser, you can also use the Android Device Manager app. If you the other phone doesn’t have it, simply download it here. You can sign in using the guest mode and your Google account credentials. Now you should be able to track your lost device, let it ring or wipe its data.

Use Google Photos to find your stolen Android phone


  • Your device has access to the internet.
  • Enabled ‘Backup & Sync’ option in Google Photos.
  • Someone needs to take pictures with your lost device.

How to track and recover your stolen android phone

In case your device actually got stolen, you might be able to find it using the backup and sync feature of Google Photos. If you activated this option in the app, then all images taken with your phone will be uploaded to your Google Photos account. Why is that good news?

Well, not just the image but also the location where it was taken is uploaded. So, in case the thief didn’t log out of your Google Account and tried out the camera on your phone, there might be some new images popping up in Google Photos. Obviously, this only works if you’re phone has an active internet connection and if you gave your photos app the permission to use your location. Please be careful in case you are able to identify the location of your phone, which might very well be the home address of the thief. Don’t try to find it yourself! Use that information and call your local authorities to take it from there.

How to track and recover your stolen android phone

Assuming all those requirements are met, what do you need to do? Here it is, step by step:

  1. Visit and log in using your Google Account in which your Android device is logged into.
  2. Check if any pictures were taken after your device was stolen.
  3. If yes, then click on the image.
  4. Now, click on the info icon on the top right corner.
  5. In the appearing sidebar you can now see the image’s information including the located where it was taken.


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