Quick Tip: Keep An Eye On Your Phone with Android Device Manager

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To be honest I had no idea this feature was even on my phone, and this is coming from a guy who roots, unlocks, and updates his ROM and toolbox on a weekly basis. I have been in the security settings many times, but never did I think the access to this program had to be turned on in this particular spot. To enabled Android Device Manager, perform the following steps:

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Open the settings menu and head to the “Security” section. Click on “Device Administrators”

Check the box to enable Android Device Manager

So, how do I use it?

Simply open a web browser, and navigate to “https://www.google.com/android/devicemanager” to manage your device.  You will be prompted to enter your Google ID details if you are not already signed into Google’s services.  I did not like the fact that I was not forced to re-enter my details, something that would be useful if someone sat down and opened this up by accident or intentionally.   

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The Android Device Manager web interface

You can ring, lock, and erase your device, as well as see exactly where it is located on a map.  The interface is slick and very fast, with a simple overlay box.  I used to load applications on the side to get all this functionality, and I believe this feature was just added in the last few days.  In any case, it is a very nice and great feature to keep an eye on your device.  I would hope this is enabled by default in the future, but that is up to Google or your ROM developer of course.

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