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Android Device Manager is already a great way to ensure you can locate, lock, or wipe your phone if you lose it. You can remotely access it from your tablet or any full computer, but what if you're out and about and don't have any spare technology handy, and no way to connect it? Google has delivered a solution in the form of the latest Android Device Manager update. Now any Android device with ADM can allow guests to log in, with full access to remote location, ringing, locking, and wiping.

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What’s New

So far Google hasn't posted the changelog, and the guest mode is the only thing we can find that has significantly changed. To access it, just tap the owner's name at the top and select "Guest," then log in with another Google account. All the guest's Android devices will be accessible, and there's a handy "Sign Out" button right at the top when you're done. Nice.

Download

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-1.2.12.apk

Version : 1.2.12 (Android 2.3+)

MD5 : 57378c2bd0a391101027f9b3627e748a

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Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • Deon

    How does it handle 2-factor authentication?

    • Marcin

      hmm security code ?

    • http://thepolymath.in/ Deepansh Khurana

      With the set of default codes you obtain for your device for emergency scenarios.

      • Deon

        Do you memorise yours?
        If I lost my phone and do not have access to my computer, how does this feature handle my 2-factor authentication?

        • http://thepolymath.in/ Deepansh Khurana

          That's like asking for both choice A and B when asked to choose. You'll have to print and save it somewhere where you can call someone (maybe using the friend's phone itself) and ask someone to read one to you. Stepping out of the comfort zone to locate your phone isn't too much to do you know?

          • Roger Siegenthaler

            I'd prefer facebook's solution, with the "trusted friends" that you can call when something happens.

        • Justin Dugan

          I keep one in my wallet.

          • http://thepolymath.in/ Deepansh Khurana

            Exactly! That's why those codes are given to you in the first place right? If someone saved them in their phone itself it won't make much sense.

          • Deon

            Good plan. I like it.

          • http://thepolymath.in/ Deepansh Khurana

            See. That's kinda what I wanted to convey. Keep it as a backup, don't keep it in your phone and computer only. Print it or write it down.

          • Alexei Watson

            I've got a little laminated card with my backups in my wallet, and then also saved to my drive which is synced to my computers.

          • Taylor00

            Apparently this is news to some people!

          • OLENNA_TYRELL_IS_SEXY

            I'll.... just do it now. Because if I lose my phone, I'm fucked. I know that but I'm too lazy to take any action. Your comment motivated me.

        • Randroid

          I keep mine on Dropbox so that I can access them from anywhere

          • jj14x

            I would too - but my dropbox account is also set up with two factor auth, so I'd be screwed if I depended on it :)

  • Ricardo Kummel

    Not sure if it's a good thing or not... With all the hacks going on I think some people will have their phone locked/wiped due to the password already compromised..

    • Randroid

      That's why everyone should have 2-factor authentication. If your password is stolen, they also need your phone or your emergency codes.

      • Ricardo Kummel

        While I agree with that I think that people are still adamant in carrying a set of printed passwords, myself included, and the SMS code wouldn't work without the phone.

        Edit: I do have 2-factor authentication enable.

        • Randroid

          So keep your codes somewhere else that is easily accessible... "the cloud" has many solutions. For example, I put mine in Dropbox, so I can use a browser on that same phone to get my codes from Dropbox.

          EDIT: And if you look at the comments above, it forces you to use those codes in this situation, which makes sense because you obviously don't have your phone if you're trying to locate your phone.

          • Ricardo Kummel

            I was reading the other comments where you said that after my reply. That's a good idea. Or.. Maybe.. Even on Evernote.

          • Randroid

            Yeah, basically pick your favorite. There are plenty of places to put them... Google Keep, Evernote - as you stated - in your email... anything that is accessible from the web basically.

          • Ricardo Kummel

            Err, Keep wouldn't work.. :-P

          • Randroid

            oh yeah... good point lol

            EDIT: And I guess email wouldn't either if it's in your Gmail, but any other email service would be fine.

          • CodeMonkey

            I keep a laminated card in my wallet with both accounts' backup codes (and cryptic marks so I know which codes relate to which account) plus the codes are also stored in my password database which is synced between phone and laptop and backed up in an encrypted file on my server (which is then backed up on my secondary server as part of my normal DR routine).
            Thank goodness I rarely have to change them ;-)

  • John Smith

    i'd rather just use the friend's phone browser.

    • Julio M

      we think alike

  • George

    Just one question. :)
    I have Device manager by default on my Nexus 4, which i set in device administrators, but otherwise there is no icon in the launcher. Should I use that version, or install the one from Google Play? Is the one in the Play Store updated, or is my device manager updated automatically with Google play services or smth like that.

    • usamaisawake

      Install from Play Store. It's the same app but the Play Version is newer so I has the feature o being accessible from the launcher.

      Still the Play Store version may not have the guest capabilities yet as the updates roll out slowly so for the latest version you could just download the apk above. Either way it is newer than what's on you Nexus 4.

  • nxtiak

    Finally this feature. When Device Manager app came out, I thought it was pretty useless since you can only see your own device, only useful if you have another Android phone/tablet to look for your missing phone/tablet. Adding a second account would be a hassle, going guest mode to check someone's account is great.

  • tehboogieman

    I've always just used the mobile browser, but this method is what I've always wanted

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