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Keeping track

Keeping track

Worried about losing your phone?

As long as your phone has power left in the battery when it’s lost (or stolen), having a simple tracking app could save you from forking out on a new model – and many of them are free.

Find-my-phone apps can be configured to do some of the following:

Locate – Track your mobile device. While you probably won’t get a detailed street address, you should get a good idea of the area it’s in.
Lock – Lock your phone if stolen or lost to prevent people from accessing personal information.
Ring – Some apps will set your phone to ring so you can track it easier.
Wipe – Remove all personal data from your phone.

These apps are especially useful for parents – with most children these days owning a smartphone or tablet (or both), you can keep an eye on them even when you’re not around, and could prove very useful if you lose track of them.

Best of all, the vast majority are free. Samsung’s Find My Mobile app (available under security settings on supported devices) can locate, lock or wipe your device remotely, and can be used even when the phone’s GPS is turned off. Windows devices work much the same, with Find My Phone providing the ability to lock, ring, locate or erase your personal data. Similar apps are available for Sony and Apple devices.

Third party

There are also a number of useful free third party tracking apps for Android and iPhone. Android Device Manager allows you to track devices associated with your Google account and erase data if required. Prey can be used to track up to three devices with one account, offering locking facilities, a remote alarm even when your phone is on silent, tailored alert messages, and current network information if your phone is being used by someone else.

Family locator, available for free from Google Play and iTunes, is more of a family affair. A handy location sharing app in which you can create ‘circles’ for family, friends or others – alerts can be set for when people arrive or depart home, work, school or other locations.


When not writing about all things personal finance, You & Your Money's editor Conor Forrest enjoys reading, football and getting lost in an ocean of Wikipedia articles.