It happens to the best of us. At some point, it’s entirely feasible that you lose your phone, or that it’s stolen. Once it’s out of reach, there’s not always a great chance you’ll recover it. Sure, sometimes a good samaritan will find your phone on the seat of a cab and track you down, but not everyone is so inclined. Of course, you should have installed a device locator app, but few people think to do so until after the phone is gone. Thankfully, Lookout Labs has a superb solution. It’s called Plan B, and it lets you find your phone after it is lost or stolen. This is the beauty of having the Android Market online. Previously, this wasn’t possible. If you hadn’t installed a location application with a desktop interface, you’d have to rely on the good intentions of the stranger who found your phone. But now that you can push the application to your phone, you can install it remotely. That might not make a difference for normal security apps, but Plan B is designed for situations just like this. It’s your one get out of jail free card. To find your phone’s location, first go to the Plan B page in the Android Market. Click the Install icon, which will lead you to sign into your Google account. From there you’ll see that it’s sending to your specific Android device. Once everything is in order, click Install again and you’ll be ready to start. Plan B then goes to work. It sends an SMS to your phone, so that it can begin location. This should work automatically. You’ll know it’s working when you receive an email to your Gmail inbox. If you don’t receive one, you’ll have to find someone’s phone and text the word “locate” to your number. When you get the email, you’ll see the phone’s location, even if you have GPS turned off. It comes with an accuracy rating, and the app continues refining that location for 10 minutes. If the phone seems to be in transit, you can continues texting “locate” to your number in order to continue updating the location. Once you recover your phone, Lookout suggests you install its full security app, which is available for free in the Market. I think that after your phone gets stolen, you won’t hesitate to do so. Via Talk Android.
Lost your Android phone? Plan B can bail you out
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