TRACKING MADE EASY: Use Google Location History – now called ‘Timeline’ – to track your lost Android phone (even if it’s turned off)

Use Google Location History but now popularly called ‘Timeline’ – to track your lost Android phone (even if it’s turned off)


Requirements and Terms;

Your device is connected with your Google account.Your device has access to the internet, then location Reporting and Location History need to be activated on your device (can be done in the Google Settings app on your device).

Update: Google completely overhauled the interface and user experience of its Location History tool, including giving it a new name  – Your Timeline. The focus of Timeline is to help you keep track of the places you visited. Before the update, you could only see dots on a map. Now, Your Timeline actually shows you the names of the places you had been to (e.g. airports, cafes, bars, hotels, school etc.). Thanks to the better naming of your past recorded locations, finding a lost phone has become much easier. Keep reading to learn how Your Timeline can help you get your phone back.

Unlike the Android Device Manager, the Timeline feature of Google Maps doesn’t focus on tracking down a lost phone. You can use your location data for many different things such as looking up past travel routes or last night’s pub crawl tour. However, it is also a good way to locate your phone.

Here’s what you need to do. Go to the Your Timeline (former Google Maps Location History) and make sure the current day is selected in the calendar. On the left sidebar, you can see a complete timeline of that day including the names all recorded locations. On the right, you can see all the locations visualised on a map.

Other than Android Device Manager, which also uses GPS for tracking, Your Timeline only uses cell tower IDs and Wi-Fi location detection to collect location data. This means that the accuracy can vary significantly.

So, how can this tool help you if you’re phone’s battery is empty? Well, before your phone died, Google might have saved its current location. That means that you might be able to find it using the last reported position in your location history.

The advantage of Timeline is the ability to track your phone’s location frequently over a period of time. If someone stole it, you could make out often visited places, which could be the thief’s home or workplace. That might help you and the authorities to catch the person.

I advise and recomend trying out the Android Device Manager or Android Lost first, since they’re able to use your device’s GPS and offer other useful features.



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