Ever since Apple up to date iOS with a Discover My Telephone characteristic I’ve been on the lookout for a strategy to do the identical factor on Android. Lookout Cell Safety suite for Android provides among the similar performance totally free, however requires a premium account for full options. It provides a 14 day free premium trial, however after that it’s going to require a subscription value of $three a month or $30 a 12 months. However, we prefer to deal with free software program right here on groovyPost so I’ll simply be reviewing the free options, and should you like them sufficient you possibly can take the 14 day premium trial for a take a look at drive.
Lookout Cell Safety for Android handles three basic items within the free model: Safety, Backup, and Remotely finding a lacking gadget. The very first thing I observed straightaway was how easy the interface was. That is an app I wouldn’t be afraid of recommending to my expertise inept dad and mom, as a result of setup solely actually takes a number of faucets right here and there – though an important a part of setup requires creating an account.
As an anti-virus app, the very first thing Lookout handles is general utility safety. In contrast to PC safety, Lookout doesn’t scan your system and file construction for issues, it simply appears to be like at your apps. With that stated, should you solely obtain apps from the official Google Play or Amazon markets, you in all probability don’t want to fret about operating Lookout’s antivirus safety. It is because Google mechanically scans each app on its market, retaining issues virus free. However, some apps nonetheless request extra permissions than are needed, and doubtlessly invade your privateness. Nonetheless the free model of Lookout doesn’t scan for privateness intrusions.
Lookout’s backup characteristic will mechanically sync your contacts with its on-line servers and let you restore them ought to one thing occur to your gadget. Probably your Android telephone is already backing up contacts to your Google account, but when it isn’t then it is a groovy Google different. The premium model can backup photographs and name knowledge, however Lookout solely offers you 1.5GB of on-line backup storage – which could possibly be crammed up fairly rapidly utilizing these spiffy 8MP cameras outfitted on fashionable Android telephones.
That is the precise characteristic I downloaded Lookout for, and it really works simply as I hoped it could. As soon as set-up, you possibly can login to your Lookout account from the MyLookout web site and discover the precise location of your telephone inside an accuracy of 12 meters (39 ft). Moreover you possibly can ship a siren to the gadget that performs at most quantity and feels like a blaring ambulance. The siren can’t be silenced if the telephone display is locked, even when the quantity setting is muted, though turning off the telephone will do it. For each of those options there’s a 1 to three minute delay earlier than a location is discovered or the siren is performed.
Word that Lookout requires your gadget have GPS and Google’s Wi-fi Networks Location enabled with the intention to discover your gadget. The premium model additionally provides a distant Lock and Wipe performance, though when you have a screenlock password in your telephone already the distant lock isn’t wanted.
The interface of the Lookout app is a bit annoying. However, contemplating the iOS-like Discover My Telephone characteristic that’s provided utterly free – I can’t actually complain about a number of “improve to premium” endorsements. At the very least the app doesn’t have any adverts connected to it. To entry superior settings it’s important to push the menu button in your telephone, and from there you’ll see a number of extra reminders about sure options solely being obtainable to premium subscribers.
So far as Lookout’s on-line backup and anti-malware safety features go, I wouldn’t suggest them. General I used to be solely impressed with one a part of the app, the Discover My Telephone characteristic. For being a free app, it does that job notably properly, simply don’t neglect to show your GPS sign on earlier than you allow your private home.