Google Apps Device Policy doesn't have a sexy name, and it doesn't need one. It's intended for businesses, schools, and governments that use Google Apps. Administrators can use the tool to enforce security policies and enact other policies that personal users have come to expect from Lookout and Where's My Droid. They are empowered to locate lost devices, cause them to ring, lock them remotely, and wipe all of their content. The latest update permits administrators to remove corporate Gmail, Contacts, Calendar, and Docs without deleting the other data contained on a device. Conversely, users can now wipe MicroSD cards in addition to internal memory.

With version 5.0, administrators can now:
  • Set up Wi-Fi networks on your device
  • Remove your corporate Gmail, Contacts, Calendar, and Docs without deleting your personal stuff
  • Wipe your SD memory card (for example, if you lose your device)

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Administrators can activate the new features from any computer by signing into their Google Apps account and heading to their "My Devices" page.

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Brandon Heid

    I'd like this type of feature in a Google app for any user, not just Google Apps users. Until then I'll stick with Cerberus!

  • hans

    Why doesn't Google open this to normal users? Loosing a phone is a horrible thing for private persons, too - not just corporations. Finding it, having it ring, wiping etc is very important to everyone!

    • Justin

      It probably costs them a bit to manage it, and therefore it's only available for paid users. I agree it's a damn nice feature, and I make sure to educate those on my domain about it.

      • hans

        With all the contacts, mail, searches, images, videos, files, maps... Google syncs with millions or billions of devices i doubt the little traffic from a few people locating their devices will have any impact at all

    • Merri Mogridge

      Aegis is a pretty good alternative for this! :) https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.decad3nce.aegis&hl=en

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I agree that these should be opened up to regular users too, but my guess is Google needs to differentiate and make lucrative the business package, and so they treat this enterprise device management as a premium feature.

  • Seeph

    Hopefully it won't lock everyone in the company out of their emails like the last update did.

  • Roberto Giunta

    I can imagine that they will introduce this with 4.3. I mean rolling it out then because it may get more attention than doing a simple update. But I guess they are aware of this problem.

    • hans

      that would be a clever move. I hope you're right

      • okungnyo

        When will people stop thinking that new features must require a new version of Android? Did this year's I/O teach you nothing?

        If Google can release something for their business users with just a Play Store app, what makes you think that they can't do something similar for personal users? What makes you think that this is something that will require a whole new version of Android?

        • Roberto Giunta

          Read again. I said they're gonna introduce this AND/OR rolling it out with 4.3 to get more attention. At least I know that with the Play Store Service thing they can roll something like this out at any time.

  • Ryan Stewart

    Maybe Im blind but I played with it and while I can do "find my devices" for my personal device I can not figure out how to do anything but wipe devices that arent my personal device. Under mobile devices I can see all devices and wipe them but no options for locate, lock or ring them. Those only show up on "my devices."

    I was really hoping this would he useful for helping me manage my families phones.

  • SarahS

    Hi, I have a question. Does this update now mean that my company can wipe my entire phone? Or do they still only have access the the information associated to the business account i.e. emails, calendar etc? I don't actually remember downloading anything to do with Google Apps Policy but my company administrator is telling me he is able to "remote wipe" my phone - which I find absolutely shocking!