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Android Device Manager updated with new callback button for lost phones

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Google today rolled out an update to its Android Device Manager app that bumps it to version 1.3.8. For those unfamiliar, Android Device Manager is Google’s solution for those who have lost or misplaced their phone or tablet and need to locate it. Today’s update is relatively minor, but there is one feature that will be incredibly e helpful, should you misplace your device.

With Android Device Manager’s most recent update, you’ll now see a new text filed at the bottom of the remote locking screen. You’ve always been able to create a new lock screen password and add a message, but now you can add a phone number at which you can be reached. So if someone finds your misplaced phone, they’ll be able to easily contact you and return it. When they power the device up, they’ll see a screen displaying the message you added and an option to call the owner.

What’s New

  • Option to set a ‘call me back’ phone number to recover a lost device
  • Bug fixes and performance improvements

In addition to being able to set the callback number within the Android Device Manager app, you can also now do it on the web interface, should you not have another Android device.

The update is rolling out now via the Play Store.

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