If you are like me – someone who use both Android and iOS / iPadOS platform to get the best of both worlds – then you may end-up just like me: a combination of iPhone or iPad and Android smartphone or tablet. For my case, an iPhone and a Google Pixel (Android smartphone). They are all good on their own until one of them went missing and you have to locate the missing device. What make it worse is that, unfortunately, Apple and Google never made a deal to bring their “Find My device” app to be cross-platform compatible, so it’s like you are on your own here if you happen to lose one of the devices. But, that’s the main reason I wrote this article – to share with you, how you can locate your missing device on different platform – this time is to locate Android device from iPhone or iPad.
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Here’s how to add and use “Google Find My Device” to locate your Android device directly on your iPhone or iPad
Rather than calling Google Find My Device, let’s just call it “Find My Android” since it sound better and I like it that way 🙂
To be able to locate and find your Android device straight from your iPhone and iPad, there are 2 main steps involved: 1) One-time setup and 2) use Google Find My Device directly from iPhone and iPad
“Find My Android” one-time setup on iPhone and iPad
These steps are meant to be done one-time only on each iPhone and iPad you have.
Step 1) On your iPhone / iPad, open Safari browser.
Step 2) Either tap on this URL or key in manually to Safari URL box: https://www.google.com/android/find. Log in if you have not logged in to your Google Account before.
Step 3) Once the Google Find My Device page comes out, find at the bottom bar, “square with arrow up” icon and tap on it. See image above for more details.
Step 4) On the pop-up window, scroll and find “Add to Home Screen menu. Tap on “Add to Home Screen” menu.
Step 5) You’ll be prompted by the “Add to Home Screen” prompt. You can change the “Find My Device” name into “Find My Android” so you don’t get confused with existing “Find My” app on your iPhone / iPad. Tap “Add” once done.
Step 6) A new “Find My Android” app icon will be created on your iPhone / iPad Home Screen.
Use Google Find My Device directly from iPhone and iPad
To do ‘”Find My Android” one-time setup on iPhone and iPad’ step above.
Here’s how to use “Find My Android” on your iPhone or iPad to locate your Android devices:
Step 1) On your iPhone / iPad Home screen, locate “Find My Android” app icon and tap on it. If prompted to login, do log in to your Google account.
Step 2) Once Find My Device page has appeared including the maps, then choose which Android device you would like to locate (in case you have more than one Android device),
Step 3) Once you have selected the Android device you would like to locate, then do one of these: a) check the device whereabout on the map or b) play sound or c) secure device or d) erase device – directly from your iPhone / iPad. Based on your choice, follow the instruction given on the screen.
Bring it all together
With the simple steps shared, now you can easily locate your Android device directly from your iPhone or iPad so you can quickly find them back without the need of another Android device or Computer. If only Apple and Google would lower their ego for the benefit of us – their customers – they can easily implement this cross-platform tracking feature. Well, until that happen, you can use the workaround I shared above.
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