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Google Find My Device

Google Find My Device service – find my device
Find lost everyday items
New features to help you find lost items
Location even when the phone is turned off!
Privacy and security first
Possible applications of Find My Device technology – child protection
Other uses of the application

Google Find My Device - find my device

Smartphone lost or stolen? You don’t have to worry anymore! Google Find My Device is gaining new free features for the user that will make it easier for you to find your lost device and protect your privacy.

Find My Device is a service that uses a network of over a billion Android devices to help you locate lost or stolen smartphones. You can track compatible devices by sound or check their location on a map in the Find My Device app.

Find lost everyday items

From May, you can also locate everyday items, such as keys or a wallet, to which you can attach a Bluetooth locator compatible with the Find My Device network. Chipolo and Pebblebee were the first to introduce accessories compatible with this service. More brands will soon join them. Importantly, these trackers are also compatible with the anti-unwanted tracking feature. This function is now available on Android, and soon also on iOS, i.e. iPhone smartphones from Apple.

New features to help you find lost items

The Find My Device application has gained a number of new functions that will make it easier for you to find a lost item.

Find Nearby: If you lose your device nearby, a “Find Nearby” button will appear in the app to help you pinpoint its exact location.

Distance from Google Nest devices: Do you have Google Nest devices at home? FMD can also show you the distance of your lost device from them, making it easier for you to find it.

Share location with friends: You can share the location of your lost device with friends and family so they can help you find it.

Location even when the phone is turned off!

Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro smartphone owners can locate their phone even if it is turned off or the battery is low. This is possible thanks to the specialized hardware built into these phones. Pixel 8 has a power reserve that allows the Bluetooth module to operate for several hours after the battery runs out.

Privacy and security first

Google says the Find My Device network is built with “multi-layered security” and offers a range of privacy control options.

Data encryption: Location data is encrypted using a key that only the owner of the Bluetooth tag and the people with whom the owner has shared it have access.

Bulk Location Reporting: By default, FMD requires a lost tag to be detected by multiple nearby Android devices before its location is reported to its owner. This prevents your device from being tracked around your home or other private places.

Location reporting restrictions: Find My Device limits the number of location reports per tag to protect user privacy.

Possible applications of Find My Device technology - child protection

Find My Device technology can have many applications beyond finding lost items.

Child Safety: You can attach the Bluetooth tracker to your child’s backpack or jacket to track their location in real time. This can be especially helpful when your child plays alone or leaves the house without you.

Referring to the above example, Google has introduced a new feature to the Find My Device app (version v3.1.078-1) that allows you to easily track the location of children using Android devices.

How it’s working? Tracking is turned on by default for supervised Google accounts (accounts used by children). To use the feature, make sure the Google account used to set up your child’s device is connected to your Family Link account. After opening the Find My Device application, go to the “Family Devices” tab. Then you will see a list of your children’s devices that you can track. The devices are displayed in alphabetical order.

The new tracking feature is part of the latest version of the Find My Device app (v3.1.078-1).

The Find My Device app also allows you to track other devices such as smartphones, tablets and laptops.

Users report that the app has also made changes to support for object location trackers (such as Galaxy SmartTag 2) that support Ultra Wideband (UWB) technology.

Other uses of the application

Protecting seniors: Bluetooth trackers can also be used to monitor the safety of seniors. In the event of an emergency, e.g. a fall or getting lost, the senior can press the alarm button on the locator. In this way, it sends an alert to family members or caregivers.

Pet Tracking: Bluetooth trackers can also be used to track pets. This can be especially helpful if you have a dog or cat that has a tendency to run away.

Monitoring corporate assets: Companies can use Find My Device technology to track laptops, tablets and other company devices. This can help prevent data theft and loss.

Logistics and supply chain management: Logistics companies can use Find My Device technology to track shipments and monitor their location in real time. This can help improve supply chain efficiency and effectiveness.

The above examples are just a few of the many possible applications of Find My Device technology. As this technology develops, we can expect to see even more innovative and creative ways to use it.

However, please note that Find My Device technology also has some limitations. Bluetooth locators have a limited range and may not work in buildings or areas with limited Internet access. Additionally, this technology can be used for inappropriate purposes, such as tracking someone without their consent.

It is important that you use Find My Device technology responsibly and ethically. You should always obtain consent from the person whose location you want to track and respect their privacy.

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