If you've been smart enough to download AVG AntiVirus for Android to your smartphone and activate the app's Anti-Theft service, you'll be able to locate your handset on Google Maps in the event that it gets misplaced or stolen. Once you've established the whereabouts of your phone, you'll have the option of locking or wiping it should you suspect it's fallen into the wrong hands. However, if you didn't activate the Anti-Theft service via your Google account when you installed the software, you won't be able to use it.
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Things you need
- Google account
Get yourself to a PC or tablet computer as soon as you become aware that your phone has gone AWOL. Navigate to avgmobilation.com/anti-theft, hit the blue "Log in to Anti-Theft" button and sign in to the service using your Google account credentials.
Click "Locate" to view your device's location on Google Maps. It may take a few minutes for the service to find your handset. AVG AntiVirus for Android uses information from cellular network towers, Wi-Fi and GPS satellites to pinpoint your device to within feet of its real-time location. The service updates intermittently, so you'll be able to see if your device is on the move.
Use the options at the top of the screen to either make your handset sound an alarm, lock it or wipe its data. If you go through with the latter, everything on your device will be deleted, including your contacts, pictures, text messages and anything stored on your phone's SD card. If you choose to lock your device, you can unlock it if and when you're fortunate enough to be reunited with it. The service also allows you to scan your phone for viruses remotely, in case malware is at the front of your mind after discovering your handset has gone missing.
Tips and warnings
- The AVG Anti-Theft service won't work if you don't have either Wi-Fi or location services activated on your phone.
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