Plan B Locates Your Lost Or Stolen Android Phone

Android: If you ever lose your phone and don't have a contingency plan in place, you can remotely install Plan B on your phone and locate it instantly.

We've featured a few ways to find your lost or stolen phone, but they all require that you set up the system beforehand. Plan B, on the other hand, lets you remotely install it using the Android Market Web and immediately sends you the phone's coordinates after it does. You don't need to configure it, create an account, or do anything else — its location will just show up in your Gmail. It'll track your phone for 10 minutes, emailing you updates if it moves, after which you can just text the word "Locate" to your phone to track it again. For some phones, it can even turn on GPS if it's turned off (though it'll need an internet connection if you're installing the app remotely).

It doesn't have any of the data wiping or other mobile security that something like Prey would, but if you never installed a security app to begin with, it's a good second plan of attack in finding your phone. Plan B is a free download for Android 2.0 and up.

Plan B [Android Market via Ars Technica]


Comments

    and what stops other people loading this stuff onto your phone and tracking where you are?

    What if the person does a factory reset though?

      What's your plan C?

    THIS IS A WHOLE HEAP OF RUBBISH. I DONT SEE HOW IT WORKS, NOR THE INSTALL BUTTON?! CLEARLY IT'LL BE WAY EASIER AND FASTER IF YOU JUST GO TO THE LOCAL POLICE STATION AND STATE IT HAS BEEN STOLEN/LOST! I'D RATHER DO IT THAT WAY THAN USING THIS SLAGGY WEBSITE. HOW CAN PEOPLE EVEN TRUST THIS, IF ONE; HOW DO YOU EXPECT US TO KNOW THAT THE PERSON WHO HAS OUR PHONES/LAPTOPS CAN JUST EAISLY GO ON GOOGLE AND GET A CODE TO UNBLOCK THE DEVICE! & TWO; THEY COULD JUST TAKE IT INTO A SHOP AND CLAIM SOMEONE TOOK IT OFF THEM AND PUT A PASSWORD OR BLOCKER ON, THEY CAN STILL GET IT FIXED...
    IF YOU GOTO THE POLICE GIVE THEM THE SERIAL NUMBER AND RECIPE AND GET THEM TO TRACK IT, ATLEAST YOU WONT HAVE TO WAIT AS LONG OR NOT WORRY ABOUT NOT GETTING YOUR DEVICE/DEVICES BACK? I SIGNED UP AND STILL HAVENT FOUND THE DOWNLOAD OR INSTALl BUTTON. THIS IS JUST RiDICULOUS AND PATHETIC. -_-

    Last edited 23/10/12 10:30 am

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