#FridayHacks: How to remotely wipe out your Android Phone if Stolen

Losing your phone or having someone steal it is a nightmare. Fortunately, Google has baked some tools into your Android device that could help you find it. Or, at the very least, it’ll help you wipe all your data and content so that whoever took it can’t wreak further havoc. Just wonder how some things go viral on social media and stolen devices are the major sources of such unfortunate situations. 

By Cisco Eng. Shingie Lev Muringi 

So how do you setup your android phone to remotely wipe out your personal data once stolen? Below are the easiest steps to setup up that remote security process.  

First, navigate into your phone’s settings. From there, find the “Security” section:

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Next, look for a section called “Android Device Manager.” If you’re not running the latest version of Android (which I’m not), you might have to first enter a section called “Device Administrators,” or something like that:

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Make sure that the box for “Android Device Manager” is checked:

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Checking this box will let you remotely locate your phone via GPS, force it to ring for five minutes (particularly helpful if it’s just lost in your room, or if you left it in the back of a cab and want to get the cabbie’s attention), and allow you to remotely lock the phone or erase all your data:

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By following the above steps, you will have successfully configured your device for remote wipe out in the unfortunate event that you may lose it.

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