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How to Activate Android Device Manager

What Android Device Manager can do?

Android Device Manager makes it easy to locate, ring, or wipe your device from the web.

But before you make full use of Android Device Manager, you should have Android Device Manager on your Android phone, and sign in Android Device Manager with Google account to activate it with administrator privileges.

Steps to Activate or Turn on Android Device Manager

Step 1: Sign in Android Device Manager with Google account.

sign in Android Device Manager on Android phone

Step 2: Click Setup Lock & Erase on Device Manager window.

Step 3: In Security window, under Android Device Manager, check Remotely locate this device.

enable remotely locate Android device

When there is a dialog pops up asking you if you want to turn on the ability for Google apps to access your location, click "Not now" or "Yes" button if you want to turn back on for all Google apps.

Step 4: Check Allow remote lock and erase. Once you enable it, if you lose your device, you can remotely lock or factory reset it with Android Device Manager.

activate Android Device Manager

Step 5: Click Activate button on following Activate device administrator window. Once you activate this administrator, or grant administrator rights to Google Play, it will allow the app Google Play services to perform operations listed out.

5-1 Erase the phone’s data without warning by performing a factory data reset.
5-2 Change the screen-unlock password.
5-3 Control how and when the screen locks.

Then you would turn back to Security window where you can turn on Android Device Manager.

enable remotely lock or erase data on Android device

And now you can see other two options, Lock and Erase have appeared under your Android phone in Device Manager window. If you want to lock your Android phone remotely or erase the phone’s data, just after successfully locating your Android phone with Android Device Manager, click "Lock" or "Erase" button and follow wizards to do.

successfully enable Android control with Android Device Manager

Tips: Android Device Manager provides the same services for Android phone like "Find My Phone" for iPhone. But sometimes you would find it cannot locate the detailed location of your Android phone remotely. Besides, if your lost android device is powered off, Android Device Manager would not find your device. We just only make it enable and take one more choice to find lost Android device.

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