Any Android substitutes for "Find My iPhone" ?

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by Sounds Good, Feb 20, 2013.

  1. Sounds Good macrumors 68000

    Jul 8, 2007
    Hey guys,

    The "Find My iPhone" feature has actually helped my wife find her iPhone and my son find his iPod Touch... so I think It's a great feature.

    Is there such a thing on Android? Any good substitutes?

  2. Explicitic macrumors 6502

    Oct 26, 2012
  3. blackhand1001, Feb 20, 2013
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2013

    blackhand1001 macrumors 68030


    Jan 6, 2009
    Where's my droid

    Android lost is also good. The neat thing about this one is if you lose your phone and don't have a tracking app installed Android lost can be installed from the web play store and you can track the phone after losing it:
  4. Sounds Good thread starter macrumors 68000

    Jul 8, 2007
  5. IFRIT macrumors 6502a

    Oct 15, 2012
  6. matttye macrumors 601

    Mar 25, 2009
    Lincoln, England
  7. Sounds Good thread starter macrumors 68000

    Jul 8, 2007
    Good to know all of these are available. Thanks again!
  8. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 604

    Oct 27, 2009
    You should give Avast a try. It's really feature packed for phone recovery.

    They also have some apps in the playstore that takes a picture using the front camera when someone enters a wrong password or pattern. It then emails you the picture and gps location.
  9. Dontazemebro macrumors 68020


    Jul 23, 2010
    I dunno, somewhere in West Texas
  10. Tinmania macrumors 68040


    Aug 8, 2011
  11. F123D macrumors 68040


    Sep 16, 2008
    Del Mar, CA
    Ive been searching for a good anti theft app and always end up on cerberus.
  12. SeanR1 macrumors 6502


    Jan 4, 2009
  13. strausd macrumors 68030

    Jul 11, 2008
  14. cuzo macrumors 6502a

    Sep 23, 2012
    Program kicks some serious butt
  15. Hail Caesar macrumors regular

    Mar 2, 2013
    No need to worry, whoever stole it will find that it isnt an iPhone or work as well as iOS and just bring it back to you, while turning themselves in to the nearest police station. j/k :D

    I am sure there are equivalents out there.
  16. sk1wbw Suspended


    May 28, 2011
    Williamsburg, Virginia
    Again, I'm seeing a feature that people actually use that isn't included with Android. Just sayin.
  17. SeanR1 macrumors 6502


    Jan 4, 2009
    I remember having to download find my iPhone.
  18. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    Equivalent is an understatement. Find my iPhone is Busch league in comparison....

    With Cerberus you can record from the microphone of the stolen device, lock with a text message, get a list of sent and received calls, etc etc.


    Why would Google implement something like this when there are far better alternatives out there. Google would need to tread lightly with this sort of tracking or dumb it down like find my iPhone...which you have to download from the appstore (just sayin)....

    I can see the post now. Google tracking android users via find my phone! They can even listen in on conversations being near the phone (like Cerberus)!!!

    Not worth it, let the devs make this one..
  19. knucklehead macrumors 6502a

    Oct 22, 2003
    The questions I have about all this are:

    1. Arguably, the single most valuable feature of "Find My Phone" is the near instantaneous remote data wipe it offers. All the "spy on the criminal and catch them" may make for a few interesting stories, but I think they would be the exception, not the rule. I've actually had a cellphone, and a computer burglarized in separate incidents. I hold out slim hope for these sorts of incidences ever seeing the return of the hardware even under the best of circumstances, but I would really like to feel that I could use my computing devices on my most important personal data, and not have that data at risk if the device is stolen.

    Apple provides hardware level encryption on all it's iOS devices that allow for the near instantaneous wipe. From what I saw when I was looking into it, enabling disk encryption on Android involves all sorts of performance hits -- such as 10 - 15% reduced battery life, along with added lag and choppiness. I decided to pass on encrypting my Nexus devices. Someone correct me if I'm wrong here.

    2. I haven't looked into this at all, but something like Cerberus seems to offer a disturbing level of invasion of privacy available to pretty much anyone. If the app isn't fairly easily delectable and defeat-able by criminals ... how about for everyone else? Will anyone who buys a used Android device need to be concerned that the the previous owner - or anyone else who might have installed this sort of app on the device - might be spying on them at will?
  20. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    I use an iPhone and a Android tablet so I don't use Cerberus. However from my understanding.

    1. You can wipe the phone and SD card with Cerberus. It doesn't require an internet connection either a SMS message will activate the app (no alerts are given on the phone either). You will also be alerted if someone puts a different Sim in the phone.

    I never messed with the built in encryption. Once you encrypt you need to do a factory reset to decrypt. I don't care about the security of my tablets data that much lol....

    2. You'll need to delete the app on an administrative level to remove it. It can be hidden fairly well but if you have a new phone you'll likely wipe it and use your own Google account. You'll have all the pins/passwords you need at that point plus a new phone number. I'm sure in certain circumstances you could mess with someone but no easier then doing the same with find my friends or find my iPhone.
  21. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    After messing with "Find my iPhone" a bit I realized I was mistaken. While you can download find my iPhone, its already built into the phone. Downloading it will help you find other devices be it yours or friends or families but you can still track your iPhone if find my iPhone is uninstalled. And it has nice features albeit very basic. But if someone finds your phone it has a nice lost mode to give the person a number to call you while locking the phone.

    Cerberus still seems better....

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