How To Trace Lost Mobile Samsung S8 And Galaxy S8 Plus
Losing a smartphone can happen to anyone, even to those who pay a lot of money for a Samsung Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8 Plus. Whether you forget it somewhere, you accidentally misplace it around your house or someone robs you, it just happens. After you have desperately tried to locate your phone and even pulled over the furniture in your entire house – it’s so annoying when you remember it was on silent and you can’t even make a call to hear it, right? – you need to calm down. There are ways to locate a lost Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8 Plus.
In this article, we’re going to show you what you have to do on such occasions. From trying to track it down with Google Maps to simply accepting that you’re not going get it back and wipe all its data and lock it remotely, we can guarantee that you are not out of options.
In fact, there are two different services you can rely on if you want to perform different actions, remotely. The same services can be used to locate the missing device. The first one comes from Google and it is known as the Android Device Manager while the second one comes from Samsung and it is known as Find My Mobile. To use the latter, you would have to have a Samsung account active and you must have previously connected the stolen Galaxy S8 to that Samsung account at least once in the past.
How to use the Android Device Manager
The Android Device Manager is an online service. Consequently, you can access it from any Internet browser and try to locate your lost Samsung Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8 Plus with it. Your options are to either track down the device or to just permanently lock it down and also erase everything stored on it. In the event that someone has stolen it and you wouldn’t want sensitive information to get in the wrong hands, make sure you remotely delete all data!
Another useful feature of this service is that it can call your phone and help you locate it much easier, provided you haven’t left it on Silence and the smartphone is actually somewhere hidden around your home or office. When you use this feature, the device should ring at the maximum volume for up to five minutes – when you find it, suffices to tap once on the power button and the ringing should stop.
Here is what you need to do in order to access all these features:
- Access the Android Device Manager online;
- Type in your Google account credentials to log in and bypass the login screen that will show up;
- Once you do that, you should be able to see a map with the name of your device on it;
- Feel free to use it and activate one of the three main options: identify your smartphone on the map, remotely wipe all its data and lock it, or make the device ring at maximum volume.
The important thing to remember is that for the Android Device Manager to work with your Galaxy S8, you must have had the device logged into the Google account when you have lost it. Otherwise, the alternative is presented below.
How to use Find My Mobile
As the name suggests, this is a special function developed by Samsung and designed to help you make the phone ring even when it was left on Silent. With its help, you can track down the device, or even wipe all your personal data and block the phone.
Whether you have lost your phone and it was on Mute or someone took it from you, you can either delete contacts, pictures, and other information from it or just try to locate it, in the event that it was just lost somewhere in the city and not stolen. Ring, track, erase or block are all possible through Find My Mobile while using a Samsung Account.
If you want to use it, you will have to:
- Access the Samsung Find My Mobile page online;
- Use your Samsung account credentials to log in or use the option labeled as “Find email/password” if you can’t remember all your login credentials;
- Tap on the Sign In button;
- Once you have accessed your account, you will have to surf through the available options:
Try to locate your Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone on Google Maps with the function Locate My Device – if a connection will be established, you should be able to see the position on the map where your device was active for the last time;
Try to make the phone ring at maximum volume – if you put it somewhere and you have forgotten about it or if it just slipped somewhere inside the house, before starting to move furniture around and turning everything upside down, use the Ring My Device feature;
If you’re sure that it was stolen and you cannot locate the device, therefore, you’ve lost hope that you will ever get it back, you can go on and wipe the data, everything from photos and contact details to credit card details and payment details.
Did you ever lose your Galaxy S8? Please share your experience with us and tell us what helped you to get your smartphone back!