Raise your hand that person who has never spent a long time looking for their mobile phone not knowing where it is. Well because we can’t find it in our own home, because we have lost it somewhere, or because it has been stolen from us, it is always relevant know the possibilities we have to locate the phone from our browser.
Regardless of whether our device is an iPhone or an Android, we show you the tools that are at our fingertips to locate our device.
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How to locate my iPhone from the browser
At the security level (at least in the aspect that we are going to describe), iOS is one step above Android when protecting a lost device. By default our iPhone comes with the function of find my iPhone activated, but in case by any chance it were not like that, this is the route you must follow to activate this option.
- Apple ID
- Search my Iphone
With this option activated, to locate our iPhone from the browser we must access the iCloud Web search section. After entering our password, we will see where all our iOS devices are located, including those that we have included within our App Store family (having carried out this process).
Once we have located our device via GPS, we will have several options. The first is that of play a sound to know where our terminal is. The second is to activate the lost mode. This mode locks our device so that your information cannot be accessed.
IOS lost mode keeps tracking our device while it’s on. While this mode is activated, all cards and payment methods that we have entered in it will be deactivated
Similarly, it still maintains the location for keep track of it, shows us its battery percentage, and allows us to show a message with our phone number or a personalized message in case the person who finds the phone is happy to call us.
As a detail, note that when activating this mode services such as Apple Pay are disabled. After activating this mode, it will be necessary enter our password to unlock the device, it is not even enough to use Face ID or Touch ID, you need the code. If we find the phone, apart from entering the code, it will be necessary to let’s enter our iCloud ID.
The last option is the most severe, and the one we must choose if we think that the device has been stolen and we are not going to recover it. Is about delete iPhone, an option that removes all the contents of the device, locks it through iCloud and makes it untraceable.
In this way, the phone it will be practically a brick for whoever finds it, since it is quite complex to bypass said lock and manage to enter a new iCloud account to start the phone. If by any chance the phone returns to us, we can recover its content through the iCloud backup or local copy of iTunes (in case we have done it previously)
How to locate my Android from the browser
Just like Apple has its own function to locate your devices from the web, Google has Find my Phone. To be able to use this function it is also necessary that the device has active search, something that is activated by default. If for some reason it were not so, these are the steps to follow.
- Access settings
- Find my device
With this function activated, we can now search for our device from the Find my Phone website. In it, we will see the same three options that appeared on the Apple website. In addition to these three options, we can see the last connection of the device, its battery status, and your GPS location. As for the possibilities to find the terminal, as we anticipated, we are facing the same scenario as on an iOS device.
The first possibility is that of ring the device, to try to locate it if we have seen on the map that we have it nearby. The second is to block our device. As in iOS, if we use this option we can continue to track our mobile, and It will not be possible to use it unless we know the unlock code, fingerprint authentication is not enough. In the same way, it will be impossible to pay with the phone, since Android requires that the screen be unlocked to perform this process.
In Android we find the same possibilities to block the device as in iOS. Ring the device, lock it with active tracking, or remove its content entirely
The third option block and erase all data on our device, making it necessary to enter our Google account to use it again. Once this option is activated, we cannot locate the phone, so it should be activated only when we have already given it up for lost.
Main commitments of these methods
The main problem with these methods is that they only work if the device is turned on, with the active location and connected to a network to transmit your signal.
To solve this problem, Apple has changed this method in iOS 13, a version from which turned off devices can continue to broadcast their location to devices via Bluetooth, as the company says.
“The new” Find My “feature will output bluetooth signals from Apple devices even when offline, allowing nearby Apple devices to relay it to the cloud. That should help you locate your stolen laptop even if it is resting in your backpack of the thief. “
In the case of Android, this feature is not expected to reach Android 10 Q, and there is not a single third-party app that can solve this problem. In the same way, it’s relatively easy to get around blocking a Google account, while to access a device with iCloud lock, with high probability, it is necessary to make modifications at the hardware level of the device (something that is much more unlikely that anyone who finds a phone on the street will do).
Similarly, in our tests, Google’s system has failed us quite a bit. Although the location has been precise, on many occasions the phone has not rung after making the request from the Google page (the rest of the blocking and deleting functions have worked). On the Apple side, we have not had the slightest problem, which added to the difficulty of accessing a device locked by iCloud, makes it a somewhat safer alternative.