I have misplaced a junker phone (LG G3 running Lineage). However, it's still on, and ADB is accessible over TCP/IP. (The phone doesn't have a SIM, so I can't call it.)

Is there a way to turn on the ringer or other audio from ADB? I've tried a couple of remote-screen apps (adb-remote-control.jar and scrcpy) but although they appear to connect, and scrcpy even gets a screen image that looks correct, neither of them seem to send events correctly, so I can't control the phone.

I suspect there's a way to launch an app (Phone? Alarm?) with a "Play Ringtone" intent, but I don't know how.


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Suggestion of Google find my phone worked: Google knows where your phone is, even if you don't.

From another user, you can also do it with ADB:

adb push t.mp3 /sdcard/
adb shell am start -a android.intent.action.VIEW -d file:///sdcard/t.mp3 -t audio/mp3

(Playing a video file the same way or starting youtube (adb shell am start -a android.intent.action.VIEW -d https://www.youtube.com/watch\?v\=oVQqmH4ufCQ)) will not produce any sound if the device is locked it seems like)

  • This pops up a player. Is it possible to play back a file without GUI? Apr 12, 2021 at 14:35

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