Many problems can arise as a result of a lost or misplaced smartphone. As well as the hassle of recovering data, paying for a new device (or excess if it is insured), there’s also the risk that the person finding your device could be using it for unscrupulous ends.

Suffice to say, losing a smartphone is no fun, and as such, there’s no shortage of apps helping to locate a device should the unthinkable happen. The self-explanatory Android Lost is one of the most feature-packed offerings we’ve stumbled across, and if you have it installed, it will no doubt give you the best possible chance of finding your Android phone.

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Once you’ve downloaded the free app from the Google Play Store (linked to at the bottom of this post), and registered, you’ll be able to control many aspects of your lost device from Android Lost’s web-based service.

It offers users the ability to, first and foremost, lock the device, so if it were to get into the wrong hands, at least the threat that your bank details being stolen or it being used for premium rate calls is severely reduced. You can track exactly where your device is located by means of GPS, and you can even send SMS messages straight from the web page.

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You can start or stop the device’s GPS connection, as well as Wi-Fi. It will notify you if the SIM card is changed on the device, and you can securely take photos using the back or front cameras, if your device indeed supports both. Rather eerily, you can make your device talk with text-to-speech, and one suspects the individual in possession of your device would be well and truly freaked out.

If worst comes to worst, you can always erase the SD card or indeed wipe the phone completely.

If you only download one app to protect your device in the event you can’t find it, we highly recommend you opt for Android Lost. It’s free, boasts most of the feature’s you’d require, and will give you the best chance of recovering your device in one piece.

Download Android Lost for Android [Google Play link]

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