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I appear to have lost my Streak somewhere in my apartment, and I can't call it since I don't have a SIM card in it. I've remotely installed Plan B just because, but unfortunately the GPS coordinates are not specific enough to find it inside my apartment :P. Is there any app I can install remotely that will start making noise so I can find the device?

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Is it possible to remote-install apks? Also can the apps be started remotely? That way if there are no apps to be found, somebody could make one. –  varesa Jan 27 '12 at 8:34
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If account sync is on, you can try and create a calendar event with alarm on a desktop computer, and hope that your audio notifications are turned on. –  Martin Tapankov Jan 27 '12 at 8:37
    
@MartinTapankov That's interesting, I think calendar sync is off but I'll try it later. varesa, I don't think so apart from the Market or having something like WiFi adb installed. –  Matthew Read Jan 27 '12 at 17:08
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Bahh! Just found a way to do this! I'm so excited!

First, install AndroidLost from the online Google Play Store.

  • this is the app you can use to control/wipe/access info about your lost device, yadayada

Give it a little time to install to your device, then install AndroidLost Jumpstart from the online Google Play Store as well

This app will wake up the registration process on the androidlost app when ever a phone call is made, an SMS received, battery is low, a package is added, removed or changed.

So you have to install an arbitrary app from the Play Store as well to activate the service, but you can then go to androidlost.com to access functions to control your lost device! Including ringing an alarm ;)

I haven't tested this yet, but I will as soon as I can I tested this on my own phone (although the page for Jumpstart only specifies tablets), and it works! It says it will register on SMS or app install, I did both first, and the activation worked. This is an awesome utility.

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Where's my Droid does that and is the best free app on the market:

Instructions:

To use the app, text "wmd ring" to make the device ring

Taken from http://wheresmydroid.com/

EDIT:

I'm sorry, my answer above assumes you have some other way SIP or Google Voice to send an SMS, which you would have already had setup!

I'm not aware of any app that does this without initiation from an SMS. Sorry.

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I just hope you don't run out of batteries first! That's always your enemy, at that point. –  TryTryAgain Jan 27 '12 at 9:21
    
You're right about the batteries, if I lost my phone over night I'd have a 4-5 hour window in the morning to remotely find it! –  Dunhamzzz Jan 27 '12 at 9:24
    
Okay, well, I created an app that does this, but I wont be able to upload it to market until I hear back from Google. –  TryTryAgain Jan 27 '12 at 17:39
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