As smartphones become more advanced and expensive, they represent more of a temptation for thieves who would happily dispose you of them. Luckily, nowadays it’s hard to have your phone stolen without being able to find it, thanks to the many Android apps available. They don’t only protect your data, but also use GPS to successfully trace it. Here are some of the best ones available.
Android Device Manager
This app actually comes preinstalled on many smartphones. Developed by Google, it covers the basics when it comes to ensuring that you will be able to find your lost phone. It’s free to use and apart from locating the missing device, it lets you lock it, make a siren sound to alert people nearby or even wipe it completely, so that nobody can access your sensitive data. It’s synced with your Google account, which is able to manage multiple devices at once.
Because Avast! Anti- Theft is available both as a Free and Premium version, you would expect to see the free version stripped of many functions, but fortunately enough, that’s not the case. If you install it as part of the Avast! Mobile Security suit, you’ll have access to an impressive range of tools. It lets you control your phone remotely via SMS, add a friend who would receive your SMS change notifications on his number, lock, locate or wipe it completely. It can also play a loud noise, lock the SIM and even block access to important phone applications, like the settings. The premium version can enable geofencing, as well as take pictures with the phone’s camera, so that you can identify the thief.
Cerberus is an anti-theft app rich in options. You have a week to try it for free, after which you’ll have to pay $2.99 if you want to continue using it. And there are a lot of reasons why you would want to. Apart from the common functions, the app’s icon can be hidden, so that whoever steals your phone won’t uninstall it and you can even turn the microphone on and record what he is saying, in case you will need to use the audio as evidence.
To take full advantage of Lookout’s features, you’ll need to go premium, but if you do, you’ll get a solid app, which has been constantly improving over the years. It manages to take advantage of the two actions most likely to be done by thieves: turning your phone off and change the SIM card. In both cases, you’ll be notified via e-mail. The cherry on top is the ability to take a picture with the front camera, in an attempt to identify the thief.
Prey is another anti-theft app free to use and unlike Lookout, it can be used across many platforms, including PCs. This means that you can use a single account for all your devices which need to be protected. Basic features like locating, wiping and locking are of course available, as well as activating a loud siren or display a message of your choice on the phone’s screen.