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Google Simplifies Searching For Lost Phones

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Jun 1, 2016, 9:33 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

Google today made improvements to its My Accounts tool that should help people better manage their Google settings as well as their smartphone. Users can now access their account by saying, "Ok Google, show me my Google account" into the Google Search app. This request will open the user's account. This feature is available starting today, but only in English. More languages are coming soon. Google added a new feature that lets people find their phone if it is lost or stolen. Using the My Account web site, people can locate the phone, or lock it, call it, leave a callback number, or even wipe it. The tool works for Android and iOS devices. Google says soon people will be able to find their phones by simply searching the Google app for "I lost my phone." Android device owners can already find their phone by searching for it online or via the Android Device Manager app. Last, Google plans to add a function that allows people to search for their own name and then, if logged in, see a shortcut to My Account. Google says these tools are meant to help people protect their personal information and secure their account/devices.

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