Simple Trick for Finding a Lost or Stolen Android Phone

Gone are the days where your phone could get lost easily without a trace or without you remembering the location where it got lost.

find my phone by google

Some time back, my tablet phone got stolen and up till this date, I couldnโ€™t find or know the where about of the phone because I didnโ€™t set the security measures on the phone.

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But hey! Now not knowing where your lost phone is or was has become a past tense ๐Ÿ™‚ . You can now easily locate your lost or stolen phone with the recent โ€œfind my phoneโ€ trick Google rolled out.

How can I do this trick?

Soon I will give you a complete step by step guide on how to do this task and get that lost phone of yours anytime you either misplaced it or it got lost or stolen.

Simple Trick for Finding a Lost or Stolen Android Phone

Without wasting much of our time, let us go directly to the tutorial shall we?

Things you must have for the trick to work (requirements)

  • Your phone must have a GPS Navigation system
  • You must have a Google account. Donโ€™t have a Google Account? Get one here
  • Your Google app need to be up to date (the recent version)
  • On your Data connection .
  • Your โ€œNow Cardsโ€ must be turned on. Donโ€™t know how to turn on your Now Cards? Follow the steps below.

How to turn on your “Now Cards”.

First โ€“ Go to your Android phoneโ€™s menu and open โ€œGoogle Settingsโ€โ€ฆ

Click โ€œSearch & Nowโ€ to take you to the next stepโ€ฆ see image below

find my phone app

In the next phase, click the โ€œNow cardsโ€ to take you to yet another phase.

In this new phase, click โ€œShow cardโ€ to activate it โ€ฆ see image below

find my phone app by google

Activating Show Cards will take you to the below pageโ€ฆ see image below


Now click the โ€œset upโ€ button >>> click โ€œYes, Iโ€™m inโ€โ€ฆ

And you have successfully activated your Now Cards. The steps for activating Now Cards feels simple, right? If yes, letโ€™s proceed with this short tutorial. If not, you can always ask me question(s) using the comment box below….

The Step by Step Guide

First, make sure your GPS is activated.

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Now go to and click the โ€œsign inโ€ button at the upper right corner of your browser, and sign in to your account.

Note: When login in, make sure the account you are login-in to be the same account you are using on your android phone.

You must have logged in your Gmail account, right? Now simply type in โ€œfind my phoneโ€ in the Google search bar. If youโ€™ve done that, it will start searching for your location โ€ฆ

After search complete, the Google map will pinpoint your exact location. Feels cool, right?

You have the option to Ring back your phone, lock the phone or even wipe your phone if the need arise.

Note: If your Data is not on, it will only bring out result of your last location.


Seriously, this tip will help you someday if youโ€™re an android user or an iphone user as well. So now you have a pretty good reason to keep that phone of yours safe ๐Ÿ™‚

Letโ€™s talk:

Looks like I have said so much about so much on how to locate your lost or stolen phone, now itโ€™s time to pass the keyboard to you guys.

What do you think about this feature rolled out by Google? Please do leave your view using the comment box below.

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23 thoughts on “Simple Trick for Finding a Lost or Stolen Android Phone”

  1. Hi Babanature,

    Interesting indeed ๐Ÿ™‚

    I am glad I don’t use my phone much or don’t even have an expensive one…lol…that anyone would like to steal! But I must share this post with my friend’s and kid’s who are prone to losing their expensive mobiles, especially as they carry it all around with them and it could get lost.

    I didn’t know you could do all of this with your Gmail account, sounds cool!

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week ahead ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hello Harleena,

      I am sure your friends and kinds would find this post very useful, because you never can tell what will happen next ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thanks for the comment and do have a beautiful week ahead…

  2. Hello Bananature !

    Yes post is something which will be very important and helpful for many people ! I personally have lost 1 blackberry and 1 samsung in my whole life yet and it hurts to loose our expensive smartphones !!

    Well i never heard about this trick ! Let me check it out and apply this on my existing smartphone so that i dont loose it again !!

    Thanks for this amazing tip Bro ! Keep rocking like this !! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Happy blogging !

    • Hello Nikhil,

      Ha.. we both have lost our phone and thank God you know how that feels ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Trust me, you’re going to love this trick because it is most useful for all Iphone and Android users ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thanks for the comment dear friend. Do have a wonderful week ahead

    • Hello Anneswan,

      I’d advice you to turn on the GPS of your new phone so you can track the phone using the above method. So you won’t lose your files…

      Thanks for the comment and do have a wonderful week ahead…

  3. Hi BabanaturE,

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful hidden tips with us. It could be useful to us or to a fellow.

    I could remember receiving a call from a girl some couple of days ago asking me how to make a lost BB Z10 useless to the thief. I was not aware of this google trick but gave her the little knowledge I’ve about using IMEI.

    Thanks once more. As the case maybe in Nigeria, youths are fond of using cost phones. Even phones that cost half of their school fees or all. Am out of that though.

    You detailed the steps sir; do have a nice day!

    • Hello Joseph,

      You can still refer her to this post, i am sure she will thank you for that ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Thanks for the comment and do have a wonderful week ahead…

  4. That’s a very nice trick. In fact I never thought about this and also don’t aware about this technique. Anyway I hate my phone, as whenever I am doing something with deep attention, it started ringing. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hello Santanu,

      Lol… you can do this fast before your phone starts ringing again ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thanks for stopping by and dropping your comment, have a wonderful weekend…

  5. Hey Babanature,

    This is an excellent tutorial.

    Lets say the phone is stolen, won’t the new owner disable the GPS and de-activate all that setting stuff from the phone?

    So, I guess this will help if the phone is lost and not stolen, right?

    Will surely give it a try though, the feature is very exciting.

    • Hello Shobha,

      When your phone get stolen, it will take some time before the thief would either factory reset the phone or simply turn of other programmes like the GPS.

      and if it takes the thief sometime before deactivating your GPS, and as long as your account is still on that phone, Google will give you the last location of that location.

      So it still helps a lot ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Hey Babanature,
    Thanks for this tutorial.
    I use my phone a lot whenever I am travelling to stay online but I am always afraid that I would misplace my phone and then forget about it.

    But now, I know of a way to find my lost phone (or stolen) easily.
    Thanks, once again! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Sometimes I am careless enough to forget my phone at some places. I have 1 question. Let’s say if thief disable the GPS of the phone but can we find the phone using last recorded GPS location on phone?

  8. Hi Bro, my mobile is stolen. if my mobile on switch off mode then possibility to trace my mobile location through IMEI number ? bcz who stolen my mobile they didn’t remove my sim card. when i make call on my mobile, it is switch off mode. so i thought my sim is safe into the mobile. but in my mobile no any tracking device. but i have IMEI number.

  9. Wow these tricks are super helpful. I was completely unaware of this feature before but now I know, what i should be doing incase i lose my phone. Thanks again for sharing this awesome trick with us.


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