Today, even the dumbest thieves know that the first thing to do after stealing a phone is Airplane Mode. Not only does this make it more difficult for the police to track the phone through the triangulation of the cell towers, but it also disables the security features that the person from whom you stole the phone may have implemented, e.g. Samsung.
As of One UI 3.0, you can still track your Galaxy phone even when it is in airplane mode. The device scans Bluetooth and Wi-Fi frequencies without connecting, and if it finds a nearby Samsung device with the same feature enabled, it sends an encrypted location report to the neighboring phone. As long as that phone is connected to the internet, your phone̵
What you need
- Galaxy device with One UI 3.0 or higher
- PIN, pattern, or password set as screen lock
Step 1: Turn on Find My Mobile
First, open your Settings app and scroll down a bit to select “Biometrics & Security”. Here, make sure the toggle switch next to “Find My Mobile” is turned on, then tap the actual text “Find My Mobile” to open a submenu.
Step 2: Enable offline search
From the Find My Mobile submenu, tap the text “Search Offline” (instead of the toggle button next to it). On the next screen, make sure that both switches are turned on. The first enables the global feature and the second ensures that your phone’s location reports are encrypted as they are sent to nearby Samsung devices and to the Find My Mobile servers.
Now you can still use the Find My Mobile location feature even if a thief puts your phone in airplane mode, but again, only if there are Galaxy devices with internet connection nearby with the same feature enabled. It’s also worth noting that you can’t remotely wipe or lock the device until it reconnects to the internet.
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