Find my Android device: Google has launched its own “Find My?”

Apple has been offering the “Where is?“service. With this you can locate your own devices from Apple devices and the iCloud website. Macs, iPhones, iPads and other Apple devices on which you are logged in with your own Apple ID can be displayed on a map. The same goes for Apple's own AirTag trackers. Now Google has launched a counterpart for Android devices. The “Find My” or “Find My Android Device” network ensures that you can find lost or stolen smartphones and tablets and track down objects equipped with trackers.

In addition to Apple, Google now also offers a way to locate misplaced, lost or stolen devices and display them on a map. Here you will find information and links about the new “Find my Android device” network. Images: blog.google
In addition to Apple, Google now also offers a way to locate misplaced, lost or stolen devices and display them on a map. Here you will find information and links to the new “Find my Android device” network. Images: blog.google

Official Google Information on Find My Android Device

Google also offers the newly introduced option to track your own Android devices and trackers the appropriate support documents at. With these you can familiarize yourself with the topic and find out what you need to set in order to locate your own devices and display them on a map.

You have to log in to the device with your Google account, have the “Location” option activated, activate the “Find my device” function, have Google Play installed, set up a backup code for 2FA and the have mobile data or WiFi activated (Which). So if you use an Android device and want to protect yourself with “Find my Android device”, take a look at the official Google instructions.

Image source: blog.google
Image source: blog.google

Apple and Google: Joint precautions against tracker stalking

About a year ago Apple and Google announcedto work on a common standard for warning messages about unnoticed trackers. The goal was for Apple devices to also be able to report Android trackers and Android devices that can report AirTags. Both iOS and Android users should be better protected against stalking and espionage. 

The common standard should be published by the end of 2023. But the whole thing took a little longer. In the first beta for iOS 17.5 However, references to the implementation have now been found. The fact that Google is now launching its “Find my Android device” network also shows that these warning messages will soon be available across systems.

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