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Google today updated its Android Device Manager service with support for Android Wear. In other words, you can now find your lost smartphone using your smartwatch.
The company says watch owners don’t need to do anything to enable this new feature. The functionality is rolling out to all Android Wear devices “over the next few weeks.”
To find your lost Android device from your wrist, just say “OK, Google. Start. Find my phone,” or select the “Find my phone” option in the Start menu. Your phone will ring at full volume, which will hopefully be enough to hear it and locate it.
As the company playfully points out, “Wear is my phone?” is now a legitimate question. You can download Android Device Manager directly from Google Play as well as access it on google.com/android/devicemanager.
Google introduced Android Device Manager in August 2013 as a website and app for finding lost phones and tablets (available for devices running Android 2.2 Froyo and above). If your device is out of earshot, the service lets you locate it on a map in real time.
That’s not all. If, for whatever reason, your device cannot be found or retrieved, Android Device Manager also lets you securely erase all of the data on your device. This ensures your data doesn’t end up in the wrong hands.
Google today revealed that since launching the service, Android Device Manager has helped reunite almost 30 million users with their phones and tablets. That’s not a huge number given that Android has over a billion users, but it’s still a sizable group.
Given that Android Wear is still very new, we don’t expect this figure to grow much thanks to today’s release. Still, for hardcore Android users who own both a smartphone and a smartwatch, this is a feature that’s worth familiarizing yourself with.
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