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How to Track Your Lost iPhone or Android?

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Things happen that when you were riding the subway in Manhattan and your smartphone slipped out of a shallow jacket pocket. As soon as you were off the train and the doors were closed ----- you realized your blunder. Or there maybe circumstance that when you shuttled in the crowd street, later sadly found your smartphone was stolen by someone.

With the development of society, men may be able to live without water for 3 days but will definitely freak out without smartphones at hand within 3 minutes. You know that feeling when you reach into your pocket for your mobile and then get that immediate hot shock of panic when it’s not there. Your heart races. Your stomach lurches. Your brain goes into overdrive. What to do? Dammit, you can’t even post your ‘missing mobile’ status or tweet about your loss. Well actually the biggest thing is that our phone contains so much private information. Once it is maliciously used, owners will suffer secondary damage. So have you ever thought you can locate your lost smartphone and even ban every operations of it with the track tool? Well you've come to the right place if so. Here we offer solutions for both iOS and Android.

Part 1: Track Your iPhone with Find My iPhone

Apple has made it really simple to go about tracking a lost device, protecting the data from prying eyes, and communicating with whomever may have found said device. The nice thing about Find My iPhone is that as long as you have the service enabled in the iCloud settings for each device, it’s easily trackable via another iOS device, or a web browser on the desktop. Just follow the steps below to get more.

    Step 1: Enable Find My iPhone

    It’s imperative to always be sure to enable iCloud and Find My iPhone whenever you restore your device. To make sure Find My iPhone is activated on your device, go to Settings, tap on your account at the top, and select iCloud > Find My iPhone. If it is not enabled yet, tap on it to enable the service now.

    Step 2: Using Find My iPhone

    After installing the Find My iPhone app, sign in, and you’ll be presented with a list of all of the devices linked to your iCloud account as well as a map giving you a pretty precise idea of where your devices are.

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    Each device contained within the list has a colored dot next to it on the left. If that dot is greyed out, then Find My iPhone was not able to locate that device. There could be many reason for this, perhaps the device has exhausted its battery life, it doesn’t have an Internet connection, or the device was turned off. If the bubble next to the device is green, then you’re in business. This means that Find My iPhone was able to track the device via GPS or Wi-Fi triangulation. Tap the device to load the info page for that device. This provides a map of the device’s location, along with several additional options.

    Step 3: Taking control

    The info page allows you to perform a variety of Actions on the missing device. Tap the Actions button at the bottom of the screen. From there, you can play a sound to help track the device — this is good if you’ve just misplaced it somewhere around the house. You can also enable Lost Mode, or erase the contents of the device.

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    The Play Sound option is very straightforward. Simply tap the Play Sound button, and the device will make an audible beep in order to help find it under a couch cushion, or what have you. Even if the device is muted, or its volume is turned down, the device will still beep loudly. Along with the audible alert, a message appears on the device, notifying whoever finds it that an alert was purposely sent out. You’ll also receive an email sent to the email address used to create the iCloud account.

    The Erase iPhone feature, like the Play Sound option, is straightforward and to the point. Tapping erase invokes a popup verifying whether or not you actually want to erase the device. All of your content and settings will be erased, and of course this means that you can no longer track where the device is. I’d suggest only using this as an absolute last resort, or if you’re worried about sensitive data potentially being compromised. Fortunately, you must verify the erase procedure by entering in your iCloud password before proceeding.

Part 2: Track Your Android with PanSpy

PanSpy is one of the most famous cell phone monitoring apps for Android device which is pretty easy to use. All you’ve got to do is to create a PanSpy account, install the app on the target phone (the phone you are monitoring), and start monitoring target device on control panel. With this application, you’ll be able to monitor phone’s activity remotely through PanSpy online portal including Contacts, Call logs, Sent or Received SMS, Social Apps, Current GPS Location and even ban every operations of it. Simply follow the steps below to realize it.

Step 1: Create a PanSpy Account

Firstly you need to create a PanSpy account. Simply visit PanSpy official website on your browser (both desktop or mobile are available). Go to Sign Up button and click on it, which enables you to sign up with authentic email address to create a PanSpy account. You will receive a confirmation link from your email to activate your account later. After the confirmation, simply follow the on-screen wizard to set up it.

register panspy account

Step 2: Install the PanSpy App

Both Premium Edition and Ultimate Edition are available, which support for 1-month subscription, quarter subscription and 1-year subscription. Also you can find more pricing details here.

After successfully subscribe the service, you will get a download link to download and setup the PanSpy app. So simply download and install the app on your target mobile device, login your PanSpy account, and follow the instructions given to set and give the app permission to access data on it. Once you finish all procedures and start the service, you are allowed to delete the app icon or keep it anyway on the screen.

Step 3: Start locating your Android

After finish the setup process on target device, now turn back to your computer (or your own mobile device) to view the monitored data. You will notice that all supported features including Contacts, Messages, Locations, Photos, Social Apps, Browser History, Schedule Restriction and more are listed on the left panel so that you can click each category to view the data. If your Android device is unfortunately lost or stolen, you can simply go to Current GPS Location to track where your device is and refer to Schedule Restriction to ban every operations on it. In this case, PanSpy offers you opportunity to prevent your private data from being compromised and even regain your lost device.

You can always access the data on the control panel. Please note that for the first time you enter the dashboard or control panel, it takes time to sync all data from monitored device. To sync latest data from target device, simply click the refresh button. Also you should be noted that PanSpy will fail to sync newest data if the monitored device is powered off or disconnected to the internet.

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Above, we elaborately demonstrate how to track your lost iPhone with Find My iPhone and Android device with PanSpy. Hope you guys can take precautions in case of being helpless the next time you unfortunately lost your smartphone.

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Reminders: All apps or tools introduced in this article shall be for legal use only. Please follow the Terms & Use and End User License Agreement (EULA) before trying any of them. Any consequences of improper use should be borne by users.