Android Device Manager now live; lets you find or erase your device

Google has now enabled the Android Device Manager service that we reported on almost a week ago

As announced on the official Android G+ site, the Device Manager will be available when a user is signed into his or her Google Account. If the device is lost, activating the Device Manager will cause any Android device to ring at its loudest volume, even if the smartphone or tablet has been set to silent mode. If the device is out of the range, he or she can still attempt to find the it via Google Maps in real time, such as in the screenshot above.

If you're unlucky enough to have had your Android device stolen, or is completely out of reach forever, Android Device Manager will also allow the owner to erase all data from the device remotely, however to be able to wipe, the Android device must first be setup on the Android Device Manager service.

This brings Android in line with Windows Phone and iOS which have had a similar service for quite some time, and makes it that much easier for people to find or manage their misplaced or stolen devices.

All we need now is a proper kill switch so thieves can never benefit from theft.

Update: Due to some comments about the service not working.. Ensure GPS is enabled on your Android and that you are signed into Google to use this service, there should be a link to setup your device(s) under the last or current location panel; it's also possible that this hasn't rolled out to all countries yet.

Source: Android on G+ via Lifehacker | Image via Google

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It works even on my old MyTouch 4G Slide running Gingerbread 2.3.4. Go to Settings > Security > Select Device Administrators and select Android Device Manager. Then I can go to the Play Store web page, under Devices, and see my location, trigger ring or wipe. Location works beautifully.

It's nice to see Android has caught up to what my BlackBerry has done for the past 3 years. Blackberry Protect is a very handy tool.

So the only two options at present are "Ring" or "Wipe Device"? ...they seem at two very opposite ends of the extreme!

It needs a "Lock Device" option, allowing you to remotely specify a code/passphrase that must then be entered on the device in order to unlock it

code/passphrase seems unnessecary, a lock/unlock button in the browser sould suffice.

I Hoped for a "Display message" option. This would be usefull for "This is a lost Phone, please call me on: <my landline/other phone>"

This doesn't seem to work in neither of my 2 android devices: an HTC Desire with Oxygen ROM, and a stock Nexus 7 with 4.3.

Do I need to enable something on the devices?

I hope they'll add more features down the line. The device manager permissions say it can change the screen lock pattern (or set one), but on the web the option isn't there.

I also hope that:
1) you can "erase" the device but somehow still be able to locate it afterwards (ie, mark the device as "stolen" or "missing" and put it in such a state that it will always report its location to you until you decide otherwise).

2) that you can brick it or block it, not just wipe it

3) Remotely short the batterly and blow the thief's hands up (or maybe you are lucky and he's carrying it in his pants' pocket )

ManMountain said,
Prefer using Cerberus but good to see the option being added by Google

Same.. Until device manager has more advanced features like take photo etc then I'll stick.