Even if your phone cannot connect to the Internet, you can still find it with Samsung Find My Mobile.
If you’ve ever experienced that horrible feeling of not being able to find your phone, you know how important it is to get it back to you as soon as possible. Most device manufacturers offer a service to help you find your device. Samsung is no exception with its Find My Mobile app.
Samsung’s Find My Mobile feature is a handy tool that helps you find a lost phone. With the latest app update, Find My Mobile now works for Galaxy devices that are not connected to Wi-Fi or mobile phones. Max Weinbach from XDA Developers discovered the feature on Saturday.
The “offline search” feature uses a network of Galaxy devices nearby. It is similar to the “Community Search” feature that tile trackers use when they are out of Bluetooth range. If your phone cannot be found via Wi-Fi or a cellular connection, Galaxy devices nearby may be able to find it.
If you have enabled offline search, your phone can also search for other devices. This means that you can help others find their lost phones if you are within range of the item or find watches and earphones that you have recently used.
While Find My Mobile does an admirable job of tracking down a lost phone, it previously only worked when the device was online. Fortunately, Samsung is correcting the situation, as a new update will allow you to find your phone even if it loses its Internet connection.
Samsung updates its Find My Mobile app
XDA developers have discovered the Find My Mobile update for the first time. The feature is called Offline Search and, as the name suggests, is designed to help you find your missing phone even when it’s not online.
The feature seems to allow other people to use their phone to search for lost Galaxy devices nearby. There is also the possibility to find Galaxy Watches and earphones that were connected to your device.
Depending on how long your phone has been missing, there is a possibility that the battery may be dead or frozen.
There are many reasons why a phone can go offline. If you can see where it is, this can make the difference between being found and not being found. If you spend more than $1,000 dollars on a phone, it’s always a good thing not to lose it forever.
How to get the new offline “Find My Mobile” feature
You do not need to do anything to get the new version of Samsung Find My Mobile. However, you will need to activate the feature once the update has been applied to your phone.
The feature is not activated by default. You can enable and disable it in your settings and encrypt your offline location if you are concerned about privacy.
We have some questions. For example, we don’t know exactly what specific technology the community network will use or what watches and earphones the feature can find. The Verge has contacted Samsung for further details and the company says it is currently looking into this.
When you receive the update, you will receive a notification on your device informing you that you need to activate it through the settings. After you turn it on, you can also choose to encrypt your offline location to provide a little extra security.