Google’s Find My Device program will soon receive an update. Soon, even if your smartphone has no Internet connection, the Mountain View company will be able to determine where it is. Making this feature as efficient as it is on iPhones or Samsung smartphones.
Using the Find My Device app, an Android phone can be found when it is lost or stolen. You may lock it, log out of your Google account, or even reset it using this. The bad thing about this feature is that it requires an Internet connection for it to function. This situation will shortly change.
An intriguing mention to Find My Device is made in the Google Update patch note from December 2022: “Find My Device now supports encrypted last known location reporting for Android devices, using a new privacy-focused framework”. It is possible to locate your phone even when it is not having an internet connection thanks to the new function.
Google Find My Device gets an important feature
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Concretely speaking, this implies that even when your phone has no internet connection, Bluetooth-enabled devices nearby will always be able to help you find it. Important detail, all data will be encrypted and the phones used in this network will not be able to know the location of the Android smartphone. Only Google will know.
This function is not a recent addition. Actuality, Apple and Samsung are already using this technology. We do not know whether the new Android application will replace that of the Galaxy. In any situation, the user is provided with more security, and that is what matters most.
As of right now, we don’t know when this option will be available. Beyond the patch note, Google did not provide any other updates. When it is in use extensively, we anticipate that it will get a formal introduction. For instance, it might be part of Android 14, a new OS release scheduled for the end of 2023.