How to find your lost or stolen mobile smartphone or tablet
Originally published 6/28/14
If you’ve lost your smartphone or tablet, or if your device is stolen, you can often find its location by using another similar device or computer. But before your device can be located, your device needs to be setup to allow it to be located. Now is the time to check and make sure your device is setup – before it becomes lost or stolen.
For an iOS device such as an iPhone or iPad, go into Settings > iCloud, and make sure “Find My iPhone” is on. Once setup on your device you can go to iCloud.com/find in your computer web browser, or the “Find My iPhone” app on another mobile device, sign into your iCloud account and choose Find My iPhone. More information here.
For an Android device with software version 4.1 or above, follow the instructions here to turn on Android Device Manager on your device. Then go to android.com/find in your computer web browser, or “Find My Device” app on another mobile device, sign into your Google account and follow the prompts.
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