How to wipe data on lost android to reset to factory settings remotely like Galaxy S4, S3, Nexus 7

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If you lost android phone or tablet, You have a real chance of finding it using Google’s Android Device Manager. If you did not find it, You may want to erase data on the android device remotely. Your android device contains lot of sensitive information including phone contacts, email etc.

Google’s Android Device Manager lets you easily wipe data on the phone or tablet and reset it original factory settings. You need to enable “Allow remote factory reset” on your device. You need to do this before you lose your android device obviously.

How to enable Remote factory reset on Android phone or tablet

1. On your android device, Go Apps > Google Settings > check Allow remote factory reset.

enable remote factory reset on android

2. You will be asked to activate device administrator for android device manager. Tap Activate to grant administration rights to erase all phone or tablet data, lock screen etc.

activate device administrator for android device manager

Thats it. Your android device is ready for remote factory data reset.

How to lock or wipe data remotely on Android phone or tablet

1. Go to Android Device Manager site and login with your Google account. You need to use the same Google account you used on your android device before you lost it.

You can also login to Google Play Store and click on “Android Device Manager”

android device manager web site

2. Android Device Manager displays all the devices your Google account is attached. Select the correct android device you want to erase data. Click Erase Data to start resetting your android device original factory settings.

If your android device is not turned on or is not connected to WiFi or Cellular Data, It will be reset or locked after it comes back online.

This will work on most android phones including Samsung Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3, S2, Note 2, Nexus 4, HTC One, Sony Xperia Z, Moto X, LG Optimus Pro, G2 etc. You can also use this to find or erase data on android tablets including Nexus 7, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, Galaxy Note 8.0, 10.1 etc

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