For Advisors With An Android Phone Or Tablet, Here’s How To Turn On Android’s New Remote Lockdown Feature

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 16:04
For Advisors With An Android Phone Or Tablet, Here’s How To Turn On Android’s New Remote Lockdown Feature

Tags: android | phones | privacy; security

A new remote lockdown and data-wipe feature for Android phones was released by Google today that is free and very important to financial advisors.  

The remote lockdown and erase feature is now built right into the Android operating system and managed from your Google account. Here’s how to set up this feature to protect data on your phone.

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Start by going to If you log into your Google account, your phone or tablet should show up there. In case you forgot, you were prompted to set up a Google account the first time you used your mobile device. Assuming you did that, your device’s current location will show up on Google Maps when you input the URL above. Note that the lock and erase options are greyed out because they are not enabled.  


 Now locate the Google Settings App on your Android phone. I spent a half-hour looking for that app. It’s NOT the silver “Settings” icon. Google Settings is actually an app. It’s a green icon with a white lower case “g.”


     Choose Android Device Manager from the list of items in the Google Settings App.


In the Android Device Manager, check the  box to enable the lockdown feature.


In the Android Device Manager, check the box enable the feature. (This will not remotely lock or reset your device; it will just enable the feature allowing you to remotely lock and reset your device if you lose it.) When you enable the feature, a screen pops up on your phone where you can activate the administration of the remote lock feature from your Google account. 



On a device other than the one you're setting up for remotely locking, log into your Google account and point your browser to Now the lock and erase options are no longer greyed out because they are enabled.  





Comments (7)

Chris Winn
Nice compliance and security feature. Thanks Andy.
Chris Winn , September 24, 2013
Is this available on older OS's like Gingerbread and ice cream sandwich?
stvnrsmth , September 25, 2013
The new remote lock and data-wipe feature works on phone using Android operating system for version 2.2 and higher.
agluck , September 26, 2013
Thanks, Andy.
stvnrsmth , September 26, 2013
If anyone hacks my google/gmail account, can they reverse the process and lock/erase my HTC? what protections are there for that if any are needed.
dmorton , October 02, 2013
What a great question! Please find my answer at and let me know if this helps you.
agluck , October 03, 2013
I gather the GPS on your phone has to be turned on for the locate function to work?
stvnrsmth , October 18, 2013

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