The thought of losing the phone is a nightmare as it is no less than an asset. Our phones hold precious data and private information about our daily activities. They carry sensitive information about not only us but also those who are related to us. Hence, losing access to them can be the scariest thing.
We realize the vulnerability of our smartphones when they are lost. The moment we lose access to them, we start finding ways to protect them from unsafe hands. We also worry about losing our pictures, contacts, and financial information. Thus, it is essential to know how to counter such situations and prevent others from getting their hands on our smartphones.
Your eyes on this article show that you might have lost access to your phone; either your phone is broken or misplaced. Or perhaps it has become unresponsive due to a technical fault. In this situation, you can regain access to your phone by pinging it.
What is Pinging?
Pinging can be loosely defined as the process of tracking a phone with the help of the network it was connected to. The working principle is simple: the last signal received by phone is traced by the service provider (local or international) and the exact location of the phone is determined by the obtained results. These days, due to enhanced global connectivity, Google, Samsung, and numerous other international service providers can ping the phones upon request. Additionally, ping signals can also be sent manually through the internet by the users.
How to Ping Your Android Smartphone
This article will not only discuss how to ping an android phone but also teach you some ways to recover a lost phone. Try the following methods:
- Contact your service provider:
It’s a conventional method of pinging; it involves the local service provider. Users ask the company to transmit a ping signal to the nearest cellular tower and trace the receiver’s whereabouts. The method is practiced by law enforcement agencies to trace suspicious cell phones. The company can even block service on your phone plus help you register a complaint against the phone lost.
- Use “Google Find My Device” feature:
Everyone sets up a Google account on phone to activate Play Store, GPS, Gmail, including other Android features. Google account gives an individual ID to your device, secures it with passwords and various verification methods. Google Find My Device’s primary function is locating, tracing, and accessing the phone if it is lost.
Here’s how you will perform this activity on your laptop:
- Launch your PC’s web browser and go to this link.
- Sign-in using the same Google ID
- After signing in, the page will give you three options: Play Sound, Secure Device, and Erase Device
- Pick Play Sound
- Google will give a ring on your phone even if it is in the silent mode
- The page will display the exact location of your device on the map and allow you to either lock or erase all data from your device
- Click Secure Device if you wish to remotely lock the phone by creating a new password
- Click Erase Device for removing all data from the phone
This feature helps when the phone has an internet connection. If it doesn’t, Google will delay your request. Once the phone is connected to the internet, Google will instantly follow the command you have given.
- Use your Samsung account:
For some of us who don’t use Google ID, here is another method that works the same way. Mostly, Samsung users set up a Samsung account to make their phones functional. The process is similar to that of the previous method. This time, you will access/locate the phone by using your Samsung ID.
- On the web browser go to FindMyMobile by Samsung.
- Log-in with your Samsung account details
- Select Find my device
- The page will reveal your phone’s location on the map
- In the top-right corner, the page will give you additional options like Ring, Lock, Back up, Erase Data, etc.
- You can ping your cell phone using this menu, plus perform various other operations to secure your mobile phone.
- Here, the same condition of an active internet connection also applies. You can’t utilize it if the device lacks an internet connection.
Are you still confused about how to ping an android phone? Scroll down to the next method.
- Use IMEI tracker:
Every mobile phone has a different 15 digit International Mobile Equipment Identity, known as IMEI. It’s an authorized ID number of the device stored in its software and printed on its hardware. The phone shares this identity with every cellular and internet connection while using the service. Try this method if you can’t recall your Google/Samsung IDs. There are many websites for this purpose like IMEI24, imei.info, etc.
The IMEI number can be easily obtained by typing *#06# on the dialing pad. If you don’t have the mobile in your hand, find the number on its packing box. Then, track your phone by giving this number on IMEI searching websites.
- IMEI tracking apps:
Changing an IMEI number requires professional skills and sophisticated tools. Although it is hard to change, there are many experts that do it on a daily basis for data theft and smuggling the stolen phones to a foreign country. In both cases, Anti-theft and IMEI tracking Applications prove quite helpful. Some prominent names are SeekDroid, Google Find My Device, IMEI Tracker All Phone Location, Lookout Security, etc.
They perform better if they are installed on the phone prior to mishap. However, they also include features enabling you to trace the lost phones. Some apps require IMEI, while others just run on the phone details you provide them. Let’s take the last one for example.
This user-friendly and multi-functional app is designed to maintain a sufficient level of security on the phone. It keeps an eye on harmful web content, data theft, vulnerable sites, and malicious internet connections. The app notifies you about the possible threats to your device’s security on a daily basis. It allows you to create a foolproof security plan for your device in case it’s stolen or lost in the future.
The app has 10 million users and earns a good reputation on the Play Store. Its premium version includes some extraordinary features including the one that allows you to track other stolen devices through your phone.
If you use a basic version, you can still ping, block, and trace the phone if it is lost. It also notifies you about the usage of your personal information and social media accounts even if the device is not in your hand.
- Use third-party apps:
A variety of phone tracking apps exists on the Play store. These apps can be used to send ping signals on the android phone. Let’s discuss one of them:
This application is free and it is designed to tackle the issues associated with a missing phone. Basically, it is a phone-tracking application that helps the users searching a missing phone. It makes tracking an easier task and gives instant results. With this app, you can locate any stolen or missing device that either belonged to you or someone close to you.
Its GPS tracking gives real-time location. We know that every time a phone is moved, its location is updated in Google’s database. If this app is installed on the phone, it keeps on sending the location history to the user. Moreover, the user can remotely operate his device making the retrieval of lost phones easier.
And that’s it! If you’d like to learn more about Android, you can sift through our Android guides here. Make sure to leave a comment below if you have any questions!