Google’s New Find My Device Network for Offline Detection 2024

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Google has been working on a new feature called Find My Device Offline that helps locate devices even when they’re offline. This feature requires devices to send signals even when they’re turned off, which means they need specific Bluetooth controllers and hardware support.

Despite facing challenges, Google has made significant progress in making Find My Device work offline.

Some users with access to the beta version of Play Services have noticed the option to use Find My Device offline. This feature offers different options like Off, Without a network, With the network in high-traffic areas only, and With the network in all areas.

The rollout of this feature may be linked to Play Services beta version 24.12.14, but it’s not confirmed. Some users have seen these new settings on Play Services version 24.10.59, indicating a server-side rollout. Devices that can use the feature will find the option via the following options: Settings → Security & privacy → Device finders → Find My Device.

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How much accessible is the Google Find My Device Network Feature?

However, the rollout seems gradual, as the company hasn’t pushed out a notification to opt into the feature yet. This suggests a phased rollout. As this feature relies on opted-in devices to locate offline devices, its usefulness may be limited for now.

The upcoming Android 15 software is expected to fully support the offline Find My Device feature. It is also likely to include the necessary APIs to ensure Bluetooth hardware supports the offline location feature. Though the rollout seems slow, Google has been working on this feature since around 2023, with UI support in development for Android.

One more challenge the company faces is ensuring the safety of its Find My Device network to prevent unauthorized tracking. Google, along with Apple, is working on ways to notify people of such tracking. Once these details are finalized, Find My Device will be closer to becoming a reality.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Google Find My Phone Offline, Without Internet Answered Here:

Can Google find my phone if it’s offline?

No, not right now, but it will soon be possible with Google’s new feature “Find My Phone Offline”, which is expected to be launched very soon.

Is it possible to track an offline phone?

No, it is not possible to track an offline phone right now, but ir will soon be possible with Google’s new feature “Find My Phone Offline”, which is believed to be launched very soon.

How can I find my phone when offline?

Right now it is not generally possible to find a phone when offline. It will soon become possible to do the same with Google’s new feature “Find My Phone Offline”, which is believed to be launched very soon.

How can I find my lost phone without internet?

No, it is not possible to find the phone without the internet, it will soon become possible to do the same with Google’s new feature “Find My Phone Offline”, which is believed to be launched very soon.

Bonus Section: Finding a Phone Offline?

Things get trickier when your phone’s switched off or out of battery. Here’s what you can potentially do:

Last Known Location:

Both “Find My Device” and “Find My iPhone” can show the last known location of your phone before it went offline. This might be helpful in narrowing down the search area.

Important Note:

These features require prior setup and activation on your phone for them to work.

Here’s what WON’T work for an offline phone:

Third-party tracking apps:

Be cautious of apps claiming to track offline phones. These often lack legitimacy and might compromise your security.

Tracking by IMEI:

While your phone has a unique identifier (IMEI), it can’t be used for real-time location tracking. Law enforcement agencies might use it during theft investigations.

Stay Prepared:

Enable Tracking Features: Set up “Find My Device” or “Find My iPhone” on your phone beforehand.

Keep it Charged:

A full battery increases the chances of finding your phone before it goes offline.

Bonus Tip:

Consider pairing your phone with a smartwatch or fitness tracker that can help you locate it nearby using Bluetooth, even if it’s offline.

Also Read:

Android 15: Google Will Find Switched-Off Lost Phones – A Boon for Forgetful Folks!


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