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Google’s Find My Device Now Locates Powered-Off Phones and Bluetooth-Tagged Items

Google updates Find My Device for easier tracking of phones and adds support for Bluetooth tracker tags (like Tile) to find everyday items.

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has announced an update to its Find My Device service, aiming to simplify the process for users to locate their lost smartphones, tablets, and other devices. The service, which now supports devices running Android 9 or higher, has begun its rollout in the United States and Canada, with plans to extend its availability worldwide shortly. The update leverages a crowdsourced network of over a billion Android devices, enabling users to locate their phone on Google Maps or ring it, even when the device is offline. Notably, for owners of the Google Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro smartphones, the service can locate devices that are powered off or have a depleted battery.

Integration of Bluetooth Tracker Tags

In an update scheduled for May, Google will introduce the ability to track everyday items such as keys, wallets, or luggage through tracker tags. These tags, developed in collaboration with companies like Chipolo and Pebblebee, are designed to be compatible with the Find My Device network. They will also support unknown tracker alerts across both Android and iOS platforms, enhancing security against unwanted tracking. Google has announced plans to expand this functionality with additional Bluetooth tags from brands including eufy, Jio, Motorola, and others later in the year.Google-Find-My-Device-Everyday-Items

User-Friendly Features and Privacy Enhancements

The Find My Device app will soon feature a “Find nearby” button, facilitating the location of lost items equipped with supported Bluetooth trackers. For households with Nest smart home devices, the app will offer guidance to locate Bluetooth tracker-based items based on their proximity to a Nest product. Moreover, users will have the option to share the location of a device with family members or friends directly through the app, making it easier to locate shared items like home keys or TV remotes. Google says the inclusion of robust privacy measures in the updated service, such as end-to-end encryption for location data and aggregated device location reporting, to safeguard against potential security threats.

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