Yes, its possible, from your desktop PC, go to Play Store, and install AndroidLost remotely to your handset.
At this point, a caveat emptor is needed:
Provided you have 3G Data switched on, it will remotely install on to the handset and also
There is sufficient battery power
Read the starting page by visiting the main AndroidLost.
Send the text "...
It's certainly possible to remote-brick a phone. In fact, you might be able to use Tasker in conjunction with Mobile Odin or similar to remotely softbrick a Samsung device by flashing bad firmware after a text message, or something. Of course these devices are also easy to unbrick; to brick them more permanently you'd need to flash a bad bootloader. ...
Instead of entering a password every time you sync or access your mails - which will also be more insecure, because you enter the password often and in public - think about a good screen lock (PIN or Password) and a remote wipe solution.
Changing your Google account password is always a good idea in case of a stolen Android device. According to Oleg ...
In addition to what Flow says, and I think this is a superior solution:
Use application-specific passwords
The idea here is that you can create an application-specific password for any non web-based application that needs your Google credentials (think Android phones, mail clients, IM clients, etc.) You create a credential for each purpose and use this ...
If you simply want to find each other, I would use Google Latitude, included in Google Maps, which allows almost live updates (about every five minutes-ish, usually), and gives all the options of Google Maps, including just a few clicks to see a map or use the built in turn by turn Navigation to find each other.
See this similar question for some other ...
Although difficult to generalize, in a pretty good number of cases, using a lock screen PIN/password is not going to be sufficient to prevent someone from wiping your phone and/or flashing it with a new ROM. It may be an effective enough deterrent to prevent them from accessing your personal data, but there are a few considerations that go along with that, ...
The “enable secure erase” button does not actually erase your device. Instead, what it does is reach out to the device to and turn on the Device Admin permission for the Find My Device app. So if that's all you've done, your data is still fine, and you can undo it by going into settings and removing Device Admin permission. Despite that, I'd still go with ...
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 ...
Cerberus can be activated by both it's web service and via text message. If you're rooted, it can be integrated into the system apps and so survive a complete wipe. FYI, NO app will let you track your phone while it's turned off :)
It can also turn on the GPS remotely, has real time tracking using Google maps (looks like Google navigation in a web browser)...
Starting today you can access this functionality through stock android and Google apps at https://www.google.com/android/devicemanager. Once you set it up, you will be able to remotely delete all your data from the device, and locate it on Google maps. Remote locking and changing the lock-screen are also listed as functionalities available (soon).
Note that ...
Since you have already initiated the Erase procedure, the only solution is to prevent the device from contacting Google so the wipe command to Find My Device (the Google Device Administrator service on your phone) is not received or executed. Once the erase is initiated from the website the command will go out, it cannot be stopped from happening, although ...
Android Lost is another app that you can install after your phone has been stolen.
Quote from the link:
No pre installation required
You didn't install AndroidLost on your
phone? No problem! You can push the AndroidLost app to your phone from
google market and initiate the connection to googles servers by
sending an SMS with the message "...
No, there is no way to track it without having it configured in some way to connect to a wireless source of data. Without a SIM card you can't do that via a service provider and without having the Google account configured (and thus an authentication token that identifies your phone) you can't do it via WiFi (if you have it turned on).
There are such solutions, if your device is rooted. In that case, some anti-theft apps such as Cerberus are able to integrate into the system part (ROM) of the device, so a factory-reset wouldn't help the thief.
However: As we are talking about the "clever thief", he will first grab the device, switch it off, take it into some Faraday cage before switching ...
What do I do if my phone is lost or stolen?
In the unfortunate case that your phone gets lost or stolen, we can
help make sure that no one can use your WhatsApp account.
As soon as possible you should call your mobile provider to lock your
SIM card. Then, it will not be possible to verify the account on that
phone again as ...
If you have a Google account associated with the device, you can use Google Device Manager to send an alert to your phone.
Sign in to your Google Account on android.com/devicemanager.
If you have more than one device, click the arrow next to the device name to select a different device.
Select any of the following options in the top left corner of ...
If the stolen device is wiped, then your phone will disconnect from your Google account and you will not be able to locate it. It will stay as an entry on Android Device Manager, but you will not be able to locate or access it in any way.
If you believe your phone has been stolen, you should contact your carrier immediately as they have your IMEI on record ...
There are multiple things which can be done:
Device encryption (to assure all your data is stored encrypted)
Install anti-theft software (to track and, if necessary, remote-wipe a lost device)
Activate Google's Device Manager on your device (and make sure it works, as it not always does)
To photograph the "perpetrator", you might want to take a look at ☆ ...
It is very possible for someone to unlock it, especially with the right skills.
Here is what I don't like about pattern unlocks:
I once sat next to someone at school who wiped his 'friends' phone screen off, and then waited for him to unlock it. He then stole it and looked at the smudge on the screen to get the unlock pattern. In my personal experience, ...
The "trick" here is to employ an SMS Receiver which extends Broadcast Receiver
(for example: public class SmsReceiver extends BroadcastReceiver).
The SMS Receiver gains control whenever an Android phone receives an SMS.
I am writing from my experience in writing 2 applications, which can notify person 'a' of the location of person 'b'.
When I want the SMS ...
AndroidLost is my personal favorite. I don't know if it can turn the device on, but I know it works for everything else. My favorite feature is the pop-up message you can send that takes a picture with the front facing camera when they click OK. If you don't have access to your phone, install it via the market link and login on their site!
Same situation here. However if you changed your account's password before installing Plan B and your phone was off, you still have a chance to get that app installed and trace it, at least it worked for me after changing it.
I'm surprised that no-one has suggested going to the play store / device manager and using the built-in tools for locking and erasing the device in question. Go here: https://www.google.com/android/devicemanager?hl=en&u=0
Plan B is from the Lookout people.
Plan B is the 'find my phone' app that you download AFTER you lose
your phone. Plan B is your last resort to find your missing phone.
This is the first and only 'find my phone' app that you download AFTER
you've already lost your phone. Having Lookout on your phone is the
best way to protect your phone and ...