Google’s ‘Find Your Phone’ Feature Now Available For iPhone, iPad Users
If you make use of Google services a lot, and happen to be an iOS user, then you'll be pleased to learn the company's 'Find Your Phone' feature is now available for use by you.
Google's 'Find Your Phone' Now Available For iOS Users, But There's A Small Catch
If you've ever used an Android device then you're well aware of Big G's service that allows you to remotely locate or wipe a smartphone or tablet. The feature works just like Apple's 'Find my iPhone', but of course, Find Your Phone is powered by Google from the blackened. The good news today is that Google has updated its My Account service and you too can use Big G's remote locating service for locating and erasing your device.
But of course, since this sounds too good to be true, there's a small catch.
While you can easily display a message on your lost iOS device, Apple doesn't allow a third-party to completely take over an iPhone or iPad to locate and erase it. Therefore, if you feel the need to completely locate and wipe your device, Find Your Phone will direct you to Apple's iCloud website, from there you can do the rest. Not exactly ideal if you're asking us, but hey, it's absolutely better than nothing.
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You have two options in order to access the Find Your Phone feature. Either from the Web by going to your My Account settings page, or by launching the official Google search app on your iPhone or iPad and doing a voice search for 'Show me my Google Account.' From there you can kick things off and get on with your business.
While Google's implementation is somewhat broken to say the least, but it's a great way to put everything in one place, especially if you happen to use Google services way too much over Apple's. And quite frankly, we recommend you give this feature a try at least once, who knows it just might end up floating your boat in the most positive way.
We can only hope at this point that down the road Apple would open up further to well-established developers, ensuring key tasks are handled by optional, third-party services as well. But of course, keeping in light how Apple works, and has been working in the past, there's little hope the company will change its direction completely any time soon.
Let's hope that's not the case.