To find, lock, or erase an Android phone, that phone must:

  • Be turned on
  • Be signed in to a Google Account
  • Be connected to mobile data or Wi-Fi
  • Be visible on Google Play
  • Have Location turned on
  • Have Find My Device turned on

If you used your lost phone for 2-step verification, you must have a backup phone or backup code.

Remotely find, lock, or erase

    • If you have more than one phone, click the lost phone at the top of the screen.
    • If your lost phone has more than one user profile, sign in with a Google Account thats on the main profile. Learn about user profiles.
  1. The lost phone gets a notification.

  2. On the map, youll get info about where the phone is.

    • The location is approximate and might not be accurate.
    • If your phone cant be found, youll see its last known location, if available.
  3. Pick what you want to do. If needed, first click Enable lock & erase.

    • Play sound: Rings your phone at full volume for 5 minutes, even if its set to silent or vibrate.
    • Secure device: Locks your phone with your PIN, pattern, or password. If you dont have a lock, you can set one. To help someone return your phone to you, you can add a message or phone number to the lock screen.
    • Erase device: Permanently deletes all data on your phone (but might not delete SD cards). After you erase, Find My Device wont work on the phone.
      Important: If you find your phone after erasing, youll likely need your Google Account password to use it again. Learn about device protection.

Tip: If youve linked your phone to Google, you can find or ring it by searching for find my phone on

Find with an app

  1. On another Android phone or tablet, open the Find My Device app data-mime-type=image/png.
    If the other device doesnt yet have the app, get it on Google Play.
  2. Sign in.
    • If your own device is lost, tap Continue as [your name].
    • If youre helping a friend, tap Sign in as guest and let your friend sign in.
  3. Follow the same steps as listed above. Continue to steps.

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