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Is there a way to block access to or wipe my Google data for a lost/stolen phone

If my phone was ever lost or stolen, my only real concern is data and apps associated with my Google account, such as my Gmail, the ability to purchase apps from the Market, and maybe Picasa albums. ...
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My phone was just stolen an hour or so ago. Are there any options for tracking?

I realize this is a long shot, but my phone was lost or stolen a few hours ago. At the time it was stolen, I didn't have any specific applications installed to track it or wipe the data. So... my ...
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An app to locate my Android device around the house?

Oftentimes, I don't know where I placed my Android around the house. What app would you recommend to allow me to send an email to it that will cause vibrate and emit high volume sounds/music that will ...
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Stolen phone: is changing your GMail password enough?

My Galaxy phone got stolen today. Of course I blocked my SIM card and changed my password for GMail (and went to the police) but is this enough? Could the person that stole my phone still log in to ...
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Open source app for remote wiping Android phone?

I recently lost my android phone, and regretted not having a remote wipe app installed. However, I do not trust 3rd party compiled apps with such power (too many weak links). Does anyone know of an ...
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How can I find a lost phone or help people return it?

I'm looking for an app like Where's My Droid to help locate a lost device. Ideally I'm hoping there is one that might have two specific features: The ability to display a message to the screen to ...
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Is there any way to erase personal information from my phone that has already been stolen?

My phone has been stolen. I do not want the thief to have access to any of my personal information such as calls, texts, and information saved in the phones contents. Is there any possible way I can ...
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How to protect my Google Account?

I am very concerned with security of my Google account in case I lose the phone (as in: lose it, have it stolen/robbed, etc.). Right now it seems that whoever grabs my phone will also have full access ...
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How can I make my phone/tablet ring remotely without a SIM card?

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 ...
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Retrieving text messages from stolen Android phone

My Samsung Galaxy Nexus was stolen the other night. Is it possible to retrieve my texts and save them to my computer if I know the phone number and IMEI? I have a Gmail account set up on the phone ...
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My android phone was stolen. How worried should I be with all my google data inside the phone?

Ok, so my samsung galaxy 5 was stolen. I had gmail, calendar, twitter(tweetdeck), facebook, ... all my personal data in it. I didn't have any app installed that could wipe this information from a ...
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How to improve the security on my Android phone?

When I use Android in business I have some secret data on my phone. So if I lose my phone this can easily be stolen. Is there any way I can secure my phone? E.g. adding password for unlocking it. Any ...
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Remotely brick a stolen phone

If my phone is lost or stolen, can I remotely and permanently brick my phone. This way, not only is my data secure, but the resale value of the phone plummets to zero. Tangential question: can apps ...
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Find a stolen Android device without sim card [closed]

I'm looking for an app that could help me find/take pictures & record sound/ erase my data / block device if I lose my cell. I don't know if is it possible, but will be really useful if the app ...
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Can Android phones be set to automatically wipe all data after a certain amount of failed logins without an app?

A new policy at my work is being drafted regarding email access on phones. A requirement will be that the phone must automatically have all data erased after a certain amount of failed login attempts. ...
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How to prepare myself & smartphone/tablet in the event it goes missing or is stolen?

I would like to know what measures or steps etc that should be performed, in order to protect & safeguard whatever "data" is on my Android Smartphone or Tablet, and indeed the device itself, in ...
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I lost my Android smartphone. Play Store tells me that someone has inserted a SIM card. How can I find out the phone number?

I lost my Samsung Galaxy S, which was signed into Google Play. Now, Play Store has identified that someone has inserted another SIM card with a different service provider. Is there anyway I can find ...
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What's the difference between the various lost phone apps?

I want to get a security app for my phone. I mostly need something in case my phone gets lost or stolen. Researching this I have found several apps: iTag WaveSecure LookOut I am sure there are ...
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How to prevent tracking or hacking of a used phone

The used phone's IMEI is clean, so it's not stolen. Looks like its seller did a factory-reset before selling it. But how do I make sure that it doesn't have any malware or backdoors, and that its ...
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“Find my iPhone” for Android

There are a lot of "Find my phone" type apps out there for Android and I am finding it difficult to find one that has the features I want without being too bloated. My wife and I are primarily looking ...
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My HTC Desire HD has been stolen. What data can still be accessed by the thief?

I have contacted the network and had the phone barred, I had applied a screen lock. I am concerned however if the thief can still access all my numbers, texts, saved passwords and most importantly ...
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Find lost device without Gmail account configured and without SIM card

I recently misplaced a phone that did not have gmail account configured and did not have a SIM card in it either. Is there any way I can track it ? All of the tracking apps either require sending an ...
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How to Deactivate my Android phone using IMEI number?

I lost my Sony Xperia Sola(MT27i) recently. As there was no SIM card inside the phone, when got lost, I am finding it very difficult to access my mobile online from mobilesecurity.norton.com, which I ...
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Locating stolen phone after factory reset

I assume any reasonable thief will wipe the phone as soon as possible, thus removing any tracking apps and user accounts. I there a method to track the phone any way? A possible method is to use a ...
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What does it mean when a device stops showing up on Android Device Manager?

On 2 November I forgot my (brand new) Wifi-only Nexus 7 on the plane. Despite realizing it <30 min after disembarking they didn't recover the device. I have been regularly monitoring ...
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How does 'Android Lost' application work?

its very urgent and important for me. Lost my android device. Now I have come to know that its being used and is online. By checking the Android Robot symbol in my friends chat list meaning, that my ...
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Application for remote-wiping a lost phone without handing access to my data to a third-party?

Or having to pay a subscription? I have an idea for a hypothetical Android app. Tell me if such a thing already exists. You install a server in a machine you have total control of, and is ...
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Any way to find a Wi-Fi connected (unactivated) phone?

I'm ALWAYS losing my phone at home, in various obscure places (on a shelf in the basement, under the coffee filters, behind the toilet, etc.,) and I was wondering if there's any way to find it. The ...
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Can a thief unlock my stolen phone that is secured with a pattern?

I've lost my phone recently and it's got a pattern lock on it. I've also reported the phone as stolen, so it's been barred. Would it be possible for a thief to unlock it?
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Android phone lost, what data can I get onto new phone?

Sorry about the clumsy question. My Android HTC Magic was lost/stolen last night. I had an unlock swipe code, power-on SIM code and have called the phone company and had it blocked, so not too ...
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1answer
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Is there a device that will keep me from losing my Android phone?

Recently I lost my phone and have had to order a replacement. It seems that there should be some sort of device I could use that would sound an alarm when I separate more than, say three meters from ...
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Locating lost android device in home [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: An app to locate my Android device around the house? My phone was just stolen an hour or so ago. Are there any options for tracking? Ok so i lost my Samsung Galaxy ...
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Android lost, Gmail password changed. Can Gmail still be viewed?

I lost my Android phone today so I changed my Gmail account password. Will whomever that finds it be able to view my offline Gmail (cached) content, even though I changed my account password? I'm ...
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Find lost Samsung Galaxy Ace phone?

3 weeks ago I lost my Samsung Galaxy Ace. I don't have any tracker applications or any "if lost" applications installed. I'm looking for some tracker that doesn't need a sim card, just a locator using ...
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Tracking Android Phone via IMEI number

I have lost my Android Phone. How can I track it via IMEI number. Can I install any application which can given me the number of SIM currently on given IMEI number. Please help
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How to find my stolen galaxy ace duos [duplicate]

I lost my galaxy ace duos. The sim card has been changed. How can i trace phone or find the number of the new sim being used? I have several apps installed. can that help in anyway? Thanks for the ...
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Can I get my phone back, given some information like model, IMEI, etc?

I lost my Android. I have no tracker. Luckily, I do have some inforomation. I know my model, IMEI, last time used, registration date and more. Can anyone offer advice for getting my phone back?
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How to find the lost mobile when no tracker app is installed?

3 weeks ago, I lost my Samsung Galaxy Ace Dduos 6082. I don't have any tracker applications or any "if lost" applications installed. I'm looking for some tracker. I have IMEI number and Gmail ...
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Lost my android tablet, how can I find it without a network connection?

I lost my tablet today. It's fully charged but it has no WiFi connection on. Is there any way I can find it without any connected network?
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I have lost my phone! Please help me regarding the apps to track it down [duplicate]

I have lost my smart phone. What are the best ways to track my Android device? Hints on how to keep you'r phone from being lost or stolen are welcome, too.
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I lost my phone and changed my Google password. Is there any way to wipe the data on my phone now?

I lost my LG P500 a few hours ago and the first thing that came to my mind was to change my Google account password. Now I cannot install AndroidLost or another such application remotely and I really ...
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What Lost Phone finder do you use and why? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Best lost / stolen device tracking app I've used MobileDefense, but I want to make sure I'm getting the best protection. What lost phone finders have you used, and why ...
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Could a thief reset a stolen phone from its default config + screen lock?

For this scenario let's assume the following: The phone is stolen and locked. The thief does not know the lock combination and cannot determine it. There is no external SD slot. USB debugging is ...
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my phone was stolen last day and its switched off now , is there any way to get my contacts back?

my phone was stolen last day and its switched off now , is there any way to get my contacts back ? There is a screen lock with numbers, can anyone access the phone without formatting the phone . If ...
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What are the signs your (stolen) phone has been wiped/hard reset?

I had my 2-week-old HTC One stolen. Unfortunately, I was not aware of the Android Device Manager or the ability to turn on remote wipe functionality (nor I had any remote tracking/wiping apps ...
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Is flashing a new ROM enough after phone was stolen?

A friend of mine had his Samsung Galaxy S 2 stolen and returned some 20 minutes later after he talked to the pickpocket and tried to play her guilty consciousness. USB debugging was active when I ...
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How to trace/track my stolen Samsung Galaxy Ace 2

Today was a bad day for me as I'm having a lot of problems. The latest and important event was I lost my phone. It was registered with my name and email and has information on it about me etc. The sim ...
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Yet another lost phone :(

GSM is on. Wifi is on. Email is on. G+ registered. Ringtone - don't know maybe silent. It isn't stolen, nor it is found by someone. It rings when called. No tracker app was installed. I was at few ...
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Ive lost my phone how do i install an app on that stolen phone from my pc or laptop [duplicate]

Im working in the DRC an sombody stole my Samsung Gallaxy S4 from my car I want to block the phone so he cant use it any more
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How to find stolen Galaxy S4 using IMEI number [duplicate]

some one stole my Galaxy S4 on 12th June 2014, at Mumbai, India. The IMEI number is 357138056665539. Can you pls help locating it.