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Saturday, 10 June 2017

How to track a phone and make it Ring on silent mode

This Post will show you How to track a phone and make it Ring on silent mode, especially when you have misplaced it or kept it somewhere you can't remember.
There are few apps on the Play store that can help you track a phone, but to keep things simplified, I would only mention two applications today.

Steps on How to track a phone on silent mode
1.     Most important: Install a tracking app!

Treehouse - Ring MyDroid

The Treehouse - Ring My Droid application has a SMS-triggered alarm system. When you install the app, you are asked to set a Key Phrase.
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Whenever you forget where you left your phone and can’t find it because it’s set on silent mode, just use another phone to SMS your Key Phrase to it.

Once the phone receives the Key Phrase as a SMS message, it starts to ring even if it is kept on silent mode! Now just follow the sound and find your phone. Easy!

By default, the Key Phrase is set to Treehouse. Change it to whatever you want and click the Set button. It is highly recommended that you set a new Key Phrase.

Your Key Phrase is like your password. Keep it with you, otherwise people or some prankster friends may SMS you your Key Phrase and set off your alarm anytime! ;)

 NB: The app is great if you install it before your phone is lost, however, the app does not work until you press the "SET" button after opening the app. 

Cerberus antitheft

Cerberus is a complete anti-theft application, the best protection you can get to recover your misplaced, lost or stolen Android device. It's not just a "find my phone" app or a phone tracker (locator), Cerberus has many unique features that make it the perfect app to locate your phone or tablet, identify the thief and get back your device.
It has three ways to protect your device. These are the "3 heads" of Cerberus:
- Remote control through the website 
- Remote control via SMS (text messages) from another phone
- Automatic alerts.

Remote control allows you to perform many operations on your lost or stolen device, like:
- Locate and track it
- Lock the device with a code
- Start a loud alarm, even if the device is set to silent mode
- Display a message that stays on the screen, and also make your device speak the message
- Take pictures, screenshots and even record videos, to identify the thief
- Get the location history, to see where the device has been in the past
- Wipe the internal memory and the SD card, to protect your personal data
- Hide Cerberus from the app drawer, so the app will be stealthy and a thief will not see the icon
- Record audio from the microphone
- Get a list of last calls sent and received
- Get information about cell phone network and WiFi network the device is connected to, and nearby WiFi networks
- Start a remote shell (SSH-like), to execute commands as if the device were connected to your computer with a USB cable
- And much more!

Cerberus can automatically perform actions when some conditions are met. For instance, it will send email/SMS alerts if the SIM card is changed (see the "SIM checker" section of the settings) and it will email you a photo of the thief when a wrong unlock code is entered (section "Automatic photo capture").
You can also set your own rules, see the "AutoTask" section! From there you can set geofencing (alerts when the phone exits or enters an area) and a lot of more automatic actions and alerts.


From within the app configuration, you can enable some options to make difficult for the thief to disable or uninstall Cerberus. Make sure to enable the "Device Administration" functionality and the "Protect device admin" option. Also you can block the Power Menu to prevent the thief from shutting down the device, and block access to the status bar in the lock screen, so nobody would be able to change the quick settings in Lollipop (Android 5.0) and later versions.

If you have rooted your device you can install Cerberus as a system application and get many additional features, including complete uninstall protection (Cerberus will survive a factory reset) and GPS auto-enabling when you start tracking the device. The app works even if the device does not have an internet connection thanks to remote control by sms messages. Also, the SIM Checker feature allows you to know the new number to send texts to, if the SIM card is changed.

If you have an Android Wear smartwatch, make sure to check the "Wearable device" section of the app settings: you will find many useful and cool features.

Please read the Help page on their website, it has the answers to the most frequently asked questions.

2.     Activate Android Device Manager (ADM) and Location History
Make sure that both ADM and Location History are activated. Both tools can be a great help when you lose your device. With ADM you can track your device, make it ring and erase its data. Location history shows you the last recorded locations on a map. If someone stole it, then this could help you (and local authorities) to track down the thief’s home address, for example.
To activate both services, select “Google Settings” in your app drawer. Select Security and make sure both options below “Android Device Manager” are enabled. Now, go one step back and select “Location”. Click on “Google Location History” and turn it on. Now you’re able to use ADM to track your device and Location History to see its last recorded locations.
3.     Set A Lock Screen Pattern or password
Quite a lot of people already use lock screens to keep unwanted people from accessing private files like images, texts or videos. For some people, unlocking a phone countless times a day can be quite annoying, but it’s worth it. This added security not only keeps your friends and colleagues from secretly checking out your latest images or texts.
It also prevents thieves of changing any major settings such as disabling mobile data or disconnecting your phone from your Google account, or uninstalling some important apps.
So, Having a tracking/anti-theft app on your phone greatly increases the chances of getting it back.
We’ld love to hear from you, which tracking app do you currently use?

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