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Old June 4th, 2012, 05:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default What is best phone tracker for stolen phones?

I just did a search on Android Forums trying to find the best app to install on my phone to find it should it end up stolen.....or as in my case....I dropped it while I was riding my horse in a national forest....uggghhh! I found it after hours of looking but thought it would be better to have something on it to begin with.
All the threads I found were really old so I thought I would start a new one to hear some apps everyone uses. As I try them I will post my thoughts.

First thought--is there one out there that you can turn on GPS remotely? I don't leave mine on as it drains the battery.

Lookout-I just tried this one. It does come up on a map really well but there were two things I noticed right off the bat. First, there is always a little green icon running in the notifications window--I don't know about you but if I stole a phone, the first thing I would do is look at apps running. 2nd the scream feature doesn't get louder--if your phone is quiet...your problem. If i am missing something on one of these features, please enlighten me!

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I like cerberus. Mainly because I can track multiple phones with one login, all for free.
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I like cerberus. Mainly because I can track multiple phones with one login, all for free.
+1 for Cerberus, but you must have gotten it early - it's no longer free.

One problem I had with it recently was that it misreported a phone location - missing the mark by over 21km. I don't blame Cerberus though, as another app reporting GPS location reported the same erroneous location.
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I like Cerberus too. It has additional features that are pretty handy:
* You can set it to automatically take a photo of the user if they enter the incorrect unlock code, it will then send you an email with the picture.
* You can remotely record audio, video and take pictures
* You can set it to send an SMS (with location data) to another number if someone puts another sim card in your phone
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AVG Free Anti-Virus has Anti-Theft feature.
You can locate your phone by GPS position, and can make your phone ring remotely.

There are couple of more feautures which are useful.
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I like cerberus. Mainly because I can track multiple phones with one login, all for free.
I checked out this app and I just had to have it. I always get corrupted to buy new apps when I visit this forum
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I like cerberus. Mainly because I can track multiple phones with one login, all for free.
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+1 for Cerberus, but you must have gotten it early - it's no longer free.
It allows you to register multiple phones on the same account, no additional charge.
I have it as well, haven't needed to use it and hope I never do but it has a robust set of features.
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+1 for Cerberus, but you must have gotten it early - it's no longer free.
Didn't know that.

Still, you can install on multiple phones for free any pay for 1 tracking account, so not so bad.

I wonder how it knows I'm free them. I never downloaded a license file or anything. Maybe just by the date I signed up for the account?
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It allows you to register multiple phones on the same account, no additional charge.
To be clear, Lookout does this also. I have both of my devices on one account.

Not arguing Lookout is best. It's what I have used a very long time and I am happy with it. I will probably check out Cerebus just because I am unfamiliar with it.
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+1 for Cerberus also have where's my Droid on one of my androids
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I can't stand all these Stolen Phone tracking apps. If you've ever been in a situation where your phone is stolen (not lost, but stolen) and you try to track it, you'll understand. The whole market for this is just a gimmick.

1. From a legal standpoint, tracking has no purpose if you track the device to private location (house, apartment, car, etc). Its not like you can kick in their door and grab your phone. Think about it. Even if you wait for anyone inside said location to come out, you really think harassing a total stranger is gonna yield positive results. Also as a sidenote, police don't respond to stolen phone stuff. All they do is file a report for insurance claim purposes.

2. Turning on any kind of annoying sound on the phone is just asking the thief to pull the battery or just throw the thing against the wall. In any event, its not helpful.

In the end, all the apps regarding stolen phones sound nice on paper but rarely ever result in a recovered phone. If the phone is lost or in good hands, these apps can truly help the owner. There is a HUGE difference.
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You can however wipe your data incl SD card with the app even if sim cards are swapped. In this day and age that's an important feature.

Also, with kids having smart phones noe, been able to track them or their lost phone is handy. Our daughter has a habit of having her phone on silent. At least with blackberry protect I can make it ring even if on silent.

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You can however wipe your data incl SD card with the app even if sim cards are swapped. In this day and age that's an important feature.

Also, with kids having smart phones noe, been able to track them or their lost phone is handy. Our daughter has a habit of having her phone on silent. At least with blackberry protect I can make it ring even if on silent.

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You have a point the data on their can be important I have never had my phone stolen but I have lost it and to be able to ring it when on silent like I always leave it is a good thing.
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1.When you first buy the phone, press *#06#. According to the Cell Phone Tracking website, a 15-digit number will display across your screen. That is your IMEI number, or your International Mobile Equipment Identity, number.
2.Write this number down. Store it in a secret place. This number is only for you to know.
3.Utilize modern technology. The Cell Phone Tracking website suggests you install PhoneBak, a system that calls your phone automatically when an unauthorized individual is in possession of your phone.
4.Call your cell phone provider once you suspect someone has stolen your unit. Report it stolen, giving them the IMEI number. As the Cell Phone Tracking website points out, with this information the operator can block or track your cell phone.

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I think one of the best which is mainly used in android phone is "FonHome", but some like Device Locator, Trackmyphone, Phone trace 4, are also good to use.
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I can't stand all these Stolen Phone tracking apps. If you've ever been in a situation where your phone is stolen (not lost, but stolen) and you try to track it, you'll understand. The whole market for this is just a gimmick.

1. From a legal standpoint, tracking has no purpose if you track the device to private location (house, apartment, car, etc). Its not like you can kick in their door and grab your phone. Think about it. Even if you wait for anyone inside said location to come out, you really think harassing a total stranger is gonna yield positive results. Also as a sidenote, police don't respond to stolen phone stuff. All they do is file a report for insurance claim purposes.

2. Turning on any kind of annoying sound on the phone is just asking the thief to pull the battery or just throw the thing against the wall. In any event, its not helpful.

In the end, all the apps regarding stolen phones sound nice on paper but rarely ever result in a recovered phone. If the phone is lost or in good hands, these apps can truly help the owner. There is a HUGE difference.
Your points are well taken, but in fact these apps don't really present themselves as stolen phone apps, at least Lookout doesn't. They present their functions as phone locators for "missing devices." If stolen, it is handy to do a data wipe, but even there, the thief probably wasn't after your data anyway.

As you say, the apps are quite handy if you've lost or misplaced your phone. That seems hardly a gimmick, especially when offered for free.
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Your points are well taken, but in fact these apps don't really present themselves as stolen phone apps, at least Lookout doesn't. They present their functions as phone locators for "missing devices." If stolen, it is handy to do a data wipe, but even there, the thief probably wasn't after your data anyway.

As you say, the apps are quite handy if you've lost or misplaced your phone. That seems hardly a gimmick, especially when offered for free.
Well, the title of this thread is "What is best phone tracker for stolen phones." I was simply responding to that...literally. Seems everyone else here is sidetracking the discussion into lost phones, wiping data remotely, locating or spying on your child, etc. Those topics are sort of related to tracking stolen phones....but not really.

I think the end game is this.....if your phone is stolen by a thief (not some childish prank by a friend), its stolen. Get a new one....no app currently out will help you get it back. You can track it, wipe it, make it beep all you want...you aren't getting it back. All the apps sound like they will help but very practical obstacles will get your way.
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Well, the title of this thread is "What is best phone tracker for stolen phones." I was simply responding to that...literally. Seems everyone else here is sidetracking the discussion into lost phones, wiping data remotely, locating or spying on your child, etc. Those topics are sort of related to tracking stolen phones....but not really.

I think the end game is this.....if your phone is stolen by a thief (not some childish prank by a friend), its stolen. Get a new one....no app currently out will help you get it back. You can track it, wipe it, make it beep all you want...you aren't getting it back. All the apps sound like they will help but very practical obstacles will get your way.
But if its an expensive phone you can give it a try atleast. Say for example if you go to a hotel leave your mobile there, some cleaner takes it but doesnt tell anyone that he found it and if you go back and have an app installed which rings load or captures pic of cleaner it would definately help isnt it.

Now for example if thief steals your mobile phone. You get to know its lost. You go to play.google.com from your friends phone install "Install when lost" app on your lost mobile and call it. The app takes pic from front camera and send you an email with the pic and location information. wont that be helpful? You can show it to someone in hotel and he might identify the guy.

If an app like "Thief tracker" is installed on your mobile before its lost. Thief steals it and he might want to try to unlock your phone and see whats inside so when he fails with pattern/pin the app takes pic from front camera and send it to your email id. You can go to police station if you care.

Samsung has built in app which sends message from mobile if sim is changed. That app is definitely helpful.
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What if the phone's SIM was unlocked?
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After too much downtime, cerberus.
They follow even when the SIM is changed, I believe.
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After too much downtime, cerberus.
They follow even when the SIM is changed, I believe.
Is that one feature that requires root?
I use it myself and it's great. Hopefully, I never have to actually use it though.
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... I think the end game is this.....if your phone is stolen by a thief (not some childish prank by a friend), its stolen. Get a new one....no app currently out will help you get it back. ...
Nonsense. Cerberus will show where the phone currently is with pictures of the user, and the owner and/or police are entirely entitled to knock and ask for its return. Search warrants can be obtained by police as well with legal help and justification provided by the Cerberus web account, and they'll usually find other stolen property in the process.

When it comes to a theft of ones phone, if one isn't part of the solution then one is part of the problem.
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I use Avast mobile security. It has a firewall for rooted devices, besides this it has all the same features of all the other apps above.
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I use avast for its theft protection, then uninstall the antivirus rubbish
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Cerberus. No question IMHO.
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Nonsense. Cerberus will show where the phone currently is with pictures of the user, and the owner and/or police are entirely entitled to knock and ask for its return. Search warrants can be obtained by police as well with legal help and justification provided by the Cerberus web account, and they'll usually find other stolen property in the process.
I'm sure something like this is better than nothing, and can improve your chances of seeing your phone again. But if the phone is wiped to factory defaults before Cerberus has a chance to connect and raise the alarm. Or if the phone is exported out of the country, as many stolen phones often are fenced overseas, you're more or less guaranteed you're never to see it again. I'm sure it works, I know that people have managed to retrieve stolen laptops because of tracking and reporting software.
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It's worth noting that Cerberus can be installed as a SYSTEM app so that it withstands factory resets.


My suggestion is also Cerberus btw !
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Hey guys, any 'pro' smartphone thief will immediately yank the battery. End of story...
True... At least until they put the battery back in. No one "pro" steals phones so that they can put the batteries in one closet and the phone in another. They use them and/or sell them ASAP. You may not catch the thief but you CAN get your phone back.
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Hey guys, any 'pro' smartphone thief will immediately yank the battery. End of story...

So if you don't want to lose your phone you had better be very, very careful of that high-tech gadget. Handle it just as carefully as you handle your wallet! And save yourself agonizing over phone tracker apps because there is less than 1 percent chance anyone of them will get you your device back.

Better invest in an iron backup regime because you can easily replace a lost phone but if you lose its contents you are really føcked!
Not just worried about tracking my device, that is not my first concern. Remotely wiping all my data from my device to prevent it from falling into the wrong hands is my first priority.
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Old February 28th, 2013, 11:52 PM   #37 (permalink)
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... save yourself agonizing over phone tracker apps because there is less than 1 percent chance anyone of them will get you your device back. ...
Will you please provide convincing documentation for your < 1% probability estimation while using such an app.
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Old March 2nd, 2013, 06:39 AM   #38 (permalink)
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just checked out cerberus after it being suggested a lot in this thread , so tried it out for one day , love it , bought the license . it will help for sure . anyone that says having a picture of who has your phone a rough location and constant monitoring will not help gt it back is deluded .

i could just put a picture up on facebook of the person and i wouldnt be supprised if one of my friends didnt know them or share the picture around and someone knows the thief.

its often the case that whoever stole it is living near/local to you or at least the same city .

this app offers a much much better chance of getting your phone back .

never lost a phone but now i have this i feel confidant i can get it returned pretty easily .
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Wow!!! i love your contrributions and wish i had read them two weeks ago before my samsung galaxy sIII was stolen...My wifi was off, my GPS was off, my mobile data was off and damn! i had just downloaded a phone tracker app from Google Play but had not connected it with the net...The only security i had was my AVG anti-virus / anti-theft, my phone lock security code and the sim card security pin number...

Do you think i can be optimistic and think my phone will be back soon or can be tracked????????
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I use the app gotya, its about 2 or 3 bucks in the play store and its for phones with front facing cameras. If the unlock code/pattern of your pho e is entered incorrectly more than 2 times it snaps a picture of the perspn trying to get into your by using the front faceing camera. After that it locates the phone gps position and sends the picture and location of the phone of the phone to your email.vi've been using it for about a year now. Great app.
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We are using Wheres My Droid. Its fantastic app. In this with the use of custom set attention word we can text our phone and then silent mode will turn off and the ringer volume up and phone start ringing. With the different attention word we can get the GPS location of our phone.
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Try Mobisecurity.net - Best Anti Theft Application.


I have installed in my Samsung Galaxy mobile which enables the below features.



* Get SIM change alert along with new SIM changed number.


* Remotely lock mobile when lost or stolen


* Track mobile location


* Wipe personal data (contacts, SMS, call logs, media files) and get quick backup and restore anytime from web or via SMS.


* Remotely play siren if the mobile is lost


* Make secret spy calls to listen surrounding and sounds


* Secretly read SMS, Call Logs from new SIM changed number.


PS : Free application are not worth as compare to paid application which are secure and safe.
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I use Avast Mobile Anti-Theft. It is free and lets you track your phone(s) from your PC. It also sends a gps location automatically if your battery is low which is ideal if you lose your phone and the battery is draining. It also e-mails you if someone tries to change the sim card. You can remotely control the phone and lock it, wipe the memory, activate a siren, and much more. The only facility it doesn't have is to take a picture remotely. I asked Avast about the possibility of including the facility but they assured me that there were privacy issues that prevented it. All this totally free which is brilliant.
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I have always used, prey anti-theft, it is cross platform so can be used on any device and is packed with features like remote lock, remote wipe, remotely turn on wi-fi or 3G.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.prey&feature=search_result#?t=W251b GwsMSwxLDEsImNvbS5wcmV5Il0.
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