The Android Device Manager app could really save your bacon if you misplace a device, but it could also be a serious pain if someone else opens it. An update is rolling out right now that adds a password challenge when you open the app or switch accounts that makes sure no one but the account holder can track, lock, or wipe devices.

2014-01-29 19.58.04 2014-01-29 20.14.16 2014-01-29 20.14.56

After the update, ADM will prompt for a password each time it starts up. You can still jump back to the homescreen and re-enter through the multitasking interface as long as you do it quickly. However, ending the foreground process will immediately prompt for the password again when you open it. There's a checkbox to have ADM stop asking for the password if you're the trusting type.

What’s New

  • Account password challenge at application start and when switching accounts
  • Bug fixes and performance improvements


The APK is signed by Google and upgrades your existing app. The cryptographic signature guarantees that the file is safe to install and was not tampered with in any way. Rather than wait for Google to push this download to your devices, which can take days, download and install it just like any other APK.

File name: com.google.android.apps.adm-1.1.7.apk

Version: 1.1.7 (Android 2.3+)

MD5: 9953eb175f0204ca1cddd63d4a2714e6

[Thanks +Vincent de Smet]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play.


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  • Dee Norbert

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  • ramios

    This is the most exciting day of each week

    I hope to see today a wave of good updates for gapps

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  • jamaall

    My droid maxx will factory reset if someone guesses my password wrong 10 times. So if some jokester wanted to wipe my device, it would be pretty damn easy.

    • Matt

      Is that a setting or what is the app that does that?

  • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

    The timing is good with the huge hack of @N yesterday. It's put back into the spotlight some of the security failings in things like this, and a lot of people are resharing the @Mat story, complete with Apple's failings in how easy it was to wipe all his devices. Glad to see Google continuing to improve this.

  • Mike Harris

    I feel like this was a big security hole, so I'm really glad to see they ask for a password now. It would sure suck to have someone else touching one of your devices and then accidentally wipe another device.

  • makapav

    What they need is to allow temporary guest access so that I can grab a buddy's phone and log into the app to locate my lost phone while in a bar using my ID without the need to add my account to his phone.

    • DT

      Use the browser. I did this on my friends phone to find mine.

  • Wasd

    Any options to password protect the device administrators setting? I don't use a pin or a slide lock so someone could just disable device administrators and i'm screwed.

    • Jaredsutter

      Smart AppLock lets you put a passcode or pattern unlock on any individual app. It can also restrict changes to device admins, and prevent itself from being uninstalled. I use it for sensitive apps (like Android Device Manager and Google Drive), and do not use a lock screen. Works pretty well for me.

  • n_a_v

    I wonder if this update is going to disable ADM as a device administrator like has happened before...

  • Simon Baynes

    My main issue is that I have a Google account that I share with my wife. So now we can wipe each other's phones and there is no way to stop that apart from removing the account from my phone. Thankfully she doesn't know this, just in case I get on her bad side.

    Adding the password feature is great, but I'd rather I could lock the ability down to only the primary account on my device.

    • http://volumeboy-man.bandcamp.com/ VBM

      You both have Android devices and share a Google account? If she is also an account holder, and she gets real mad at you she can always call your carrier and freeze your phone. I've been in that dog once before...

      • Simon Baynes

        We both have multiple accounts set up on our android devices. We each have our own primary account, but we have a shared GMail so if I buy content on Play we can share it.

        The fallout of this is that we both have the capacity to wipe each other's devices. Which I am not crazy about. So I would rather this was an opt-in service per account.

        • http://volumeboy-man.bandcamp.com/ VBM

          Oh, I see. My wife and I did the same thing when the Amazon App store was released via sideload. Make sure she doesn't read AP or DroidLife!

          • Simon Baynes

            No danger of her working it out herself. She is not that interested in stuff like that. It is my job to show her cool things she can do with her phone / tablet.

  • gumbald

    Shame location services still can't deal with multiple devices properly!

    • Peter

      yeah, the location history goes berserk when multiple 4.3+ devices are reporting location.

  • Simon Belmont

    Thank you, Google. This is exactly what ADM should have had from the beginning, but I'm glad that you reacted and added it in.

    Entering a password in might be a nuisance, but makes it infinitely less likely that a thief (or your kid messing with your phone or tablet) could wipe every device you own. Very glad to see this.

  • theunknown

    Ryan, I believe you are using the GravityBox Xposed Module, correct?

  • DanSan

    i didnt have the app installed, but it was listed under device admins on my GS4 running CM11. installed the app, i can open it without issue and it doesnt ask for a password at all..

  • Peter

    i just received 1.1.8 probably fixes the password issues people are mentioning as it asks me every time i open the app.