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Android Device Manager Application Lands On Google Play

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When Google first announced Android Device Manager to help Android users find our lost phones, we were pretty excited. The one downside to the service was that part of it was a hard-to-find setting baked into Android itself, while the actual interface piece required you to open a web browser. Today, Google announced that Device Manager is being moved to its own application in your app drawer for ease of use. 

Until this update, if you wanted to access Device Manager from your device, you had to access it from the web to track devices or lock them. After downloading it from the Play Store, it is there in your app drawer, allowing you to find any Android device registered to your Google account from that device, lock it, erase it, or tell it to make a loud sound.

The app is live in Google Play now, so hit the link below for the installation.

Play Link

Via: +Android
  • msa_kash

    How about device LOST/STOLEN without such apps, Samsung has any database to register lost/stolen device in order to secure our data

  • msa_kash

    How about lost device without such apps, is there any database my SAMSUNG to make our device more secure in case of lost/stolen

  • Simon Belmont

    Okay, I was wondering when Google was going to release an accompanying app for Android Device Manager. Nice to see that they finally did.

    Here’s my problem, though. Anyone that stole or found your phone or tablet could POTENTIALLY wipe or lock (or locate) any of your other devices on the account. The Android Device Manager app doesn’t even need to be INSTALLED before someone steals your phone. All the thief would have to do is install it themselves and, BOOM, access to obliterate your other devices’ contents. Google needs to ENFORCE either a PIN or PASSWORD setting when the app is first downloaded and each and every time the app is opened before these abilities are given to the user. I’m sure they’d argue that you should use a pin, password, or pattern lock in the first place to prevent that, but I really think the app, itself, should be locked down. Even an entirely innocent scenario where my kid was playing with my phone and accidentally wiped all of my other devices could be prevented. Come on, Google, fix this.

  • Shawn John

    Most ‘apps’ are just Webview applications that bring up a website in the same way a bookmark would do. I think we use the term app too freely, there should be a movement to identify apps that are just webview and call them just that, an app should have additional functionality browsing to the webpage doesn’t provide, or do something profound that browsing to the webpage doesn’t provide.

  • r0l

    So if someone steals your phone and you don’t have a screen lock they can then wipe your tablet. Or vice versa.

    • NexusMan

      uhhh….no. Because from the actual device you are using, all you can do that specific device, is make it ring.

      • r0l

        I see the erase button but was too afraid to click it to see if it asks for a password before doing so. I assume then you verified it asked for password?

        • NexusMan

          The buttons are blacked out except for ring. They are not functional.

          • r0l

            They are on mine. Maybe you didn’t enable it on that device?

          • NexusMan

            I have 4 devices, and on each of them, when I locate the device I am currently using, it only enables the ring function.

          • r0l

            On each device you need to go into ‘Google Settings’ app then the ADM section to enable lock and wipe.

  • Michael Quinlan

    Now the next step is to make it so that you can list your device(s) under another account, so your friends/family can help you locate your lost device.

  • Brandon

    aka “the spouse tracker”

    • JRomeo

      you can only track devices you own……. this does not let you track other people’s devices….. unless you register your spouse’s device with your google account.

    • Terrance Steiner

      kid tracker

  • Eric Bright

    I don’t see the value of this app; how will it access it while the phone is stolen?

    • Adrynalyne

      Its to monitor your other devices, not the one in your hand.

      Use the website for that.

      • Eric Bright

        Thank you for the quick reply. I will then install it when I have more than one Android gadget.

        • Adrynalyne

          Yeah if you just have one, I would stick to the website.

  • Sean Rowe

    Out of curiosity, anyone know how to change the ringtone for the device manager “ring” option? Seems the default phone ringtone is separate.

  • PhoenixPath

    “while the actual interface piece required you to open a web browser.”

    I find it funny as heck that everyone is portraying this as some daunting task one should never be forced to do…

    Chrome bookmark. Boom. Sync’d across all devices immediately. Need an icon? Drop a bookmark shortcut on your homescreen. Sure; some people don’t like chrome. That’s fine. Some folks hate sunny beaches as well. It takes all kinds. :)

    I am sure there are valid reasons to make a native app of it (this does not include the constant whining of people who don’t “get” bookmarks), but not any that would make this app a requirement for me.

    • Suman Gandham

      Couldn’t agree more. This whole “app” fad is ridiculous – blame the fruit company I guess. 90% of things can be done through a browser, which is sort of the whole point of the internet…

      • Trueblue711

        Apple actually resisted allowing native apps. They wanted everything to be web-based. Native apps aren’t a bad thing — look into the whole Facebook app being based off of HTML5 and how that turned out.

        • PhoenixPath

          Well, it could have been better, that’s for sure. :)

          It’s pretty telling when the mobile version of the website (or even better; the “desktop” version on your mobile device) works *BETTER* than the companies’ HTML5 “web-app”…

          Back then I wouldn’t use that app either. Thankfully we now have some better options (ranging from FB’s own much improved app to newcomers like Klyph)…but the web interface sadly still “works” (to varying definitions of “works”) so much better…

      • PhoenixPath

        Don’t get me wrong; I love me some god apps, but this “turning a web-page into an app” to appease the drooling “we want app” crowd is a bit ridiculous.

        At least add some functionality we couldn’t get from the web, maybe?

        • NexusMan

          You’re missing the point. Apps are supposed to make mobile computing faster and easier.

          • PhoenixPath

            I’m not missing the point. Apps are absolutely necessary in many cases; and yes – I know what they are “supposed to” do.

            That’s not the point.

            Read my first post again. There is no functionality or design in the app that makes it faster or more functional than hitting a bookmark and using the site.

            Your bank’s mobile website is poorly designed. What’s your point? There are poorly designed apps as well (the below reference to FB being a prime example). It bears no relevance to ADM ; the app or the site. One site sucking does not prove anything.

          • NexusMan

            There’s nothing faster? I hit the link, downloaded the app and its there, whenever I need it. As opposed to me now investigating what the web address is, typing it into my browser, creating a bookmark, and pinning it to my home screen. Why would I choose to do all of that when there’s an app?

          • PhoenixPath

            “There’s nothing faster? I hit the link, downloaded the app and its there, whenever I need it.”

            Great! If you only need it on one device.

            “As opposed to me now investigating what the web address is, typing it into my browser, creating a bookmark, and pinning it to my home screen.”

            Wow. Didn’t realize some people had so much trouble with the web. Amazing it took off at all when it’s as painfully difficult as you describe it. (Heavy sarcasm there, in case you missed it…)

            “Why would I choose to do all of that when there’s an app?”

            You wouldn’t. You seem to have an irrational hatred of anything web-based. It takes all kinds. Other more reasonable folks might find the web not as difficult as you would have them believe.

            Have a great day.

          • NexusMan

            As for your false claims about there not being a difference in functionality, the app recognizes the device you are using, and does not allow you to wipe or lock said device. However, a thief, could take your device, hit your bookmark to the website and wipe it, since the web version, unlike the app, allows that functionality. Have a wonderful day.

          • PhoenixPath

            Did you really just post that? *laughing*

            “a thief, could take your device, hit your bookmark to the website and wipe it,”

            Excellent! Saves me the trouble of wiping it myself. (you know, wiping it to remove your personal data so they cannot access it being the entire point of that ability…)

            You’re not really making a case for yourself here…either that, or you’re a comic genius.

          • NexusMan

            Since you love to quote, its surprising you’re putting words in my mouth. No one ever said the web was difficult. An app is just easier. There’s a difference between those 2 statements. Enjoy!

          • PhoenixPath

            “As opposed to me now investigating what the web address is, typing it into my browser, creating a bookmark, and pinning it to my home screen.”

            You’re now saying that was not intended to portray this as difficult? Cute, but thankfully…I’m not quite stupid enough to fall for it.

      • NexusMan

        A well designed app is faster to access and easier to use on a mobile device than a web browser is. It’s not a fad. It’s reality. It takes me forever to do a transaction on my phone through my bank’s website, when the same action is done in under a minute on the same phone, through an app.

    • NexusMan

      It’s easier to hit an app icon, and access the info in said app on any of your other devices than to go to a website, for a number of reasons. One being the optimization for your screen.

  • Jeff

    Installed it on my Moto X and Nexus 7. Quickly showed me at work with my Moto X and my Nexus 7 at home, pretty slick.

  • clobberedchina

    OK. That is pretty cool.

  • envoy510

    Says my device is “in your hand” and it’s shows it at home, but I’m like 2 miles away. Cerberus gets it right. Fail google!

    • Adrynalyne

      Turn on GPS (and let it lock)? Location services won’t be more specific than within a few miles.

  • AbbyZFresh

    Didn’t this come out months ago?

  • Suman Gandham

    What functioanlity does this app offer above the mobile website? https://www.google.com/android/devicemanager

    • Ryan Stewart

      None, other than its more responsive being a native app.

      • PhoenixPath

        You guys must have some really slow devices/connections…

  • J. Gilbertson

    About dang time! I was getting really tired of using the web interface

  • Mitchman

    I found my Note 3 – “In your hand.” Thanks Google!

  • BeLogical

    Love this!

  • Bolton

    I’ll stick with Cerberus.. Good idea though!

    • dreadnatty08

      Who would downvote an app thats a thousand times better than Google’s implimentation?

  • Ryan Stewart

    Sadly it appears ADM does not work when you are already on Google Apps.

  • jamdev12

    Finally!!! The only thing we need now is the ability to remove devices that we no longer own. Come on, Google!!! You can do it!!!

    • ToddAwesome

      Just rename them “Sold this one to creepy guy on the corner”, “This was my GNex, then I set it on fire”, you know, things like that.

    • droidify

      Go into the settings at https://play.google.com/settings uncheck “show in menus”
      That will remove them

      • droidify

        A down vote for helping someone. Some people are too cool for school.

        • BK

          It’s a down vote because while that method does hide devices in certain places (like Google Play), it does not fully remove a device from your Google account. You can still see old devices on your dashboard, for example.

          • droidify

            I apologize. I should have specified that it only removes them from all the meaningful places such as the menus that you see.

      • jamdev12

        Thank you sir. I think I should be down voted for not knowing that. Much appreciated.

    • Joseph

      My previous phone disappeared from the device list when I changed the Google account in it.