Tomek Kondrat · Jan 11, 2014 at 12:30 am

Track Your Device Remotely with Open Device Manager

Android Device Manager was introduced by Google few months ago. This application allows you to track your device and wipe all data if needed. It’s a relatively solid protection against data theft, because you can easily and remotely wipe your contacts, photos, and data. There is one big disadvantage though. That is that just like many other Google first party apps, Device Manager is closed source and it can’t be reviewed by other developers.

We didn’t have to wait too long for an alternative. XDA Senior Member Fmstrat created an open source replacement to Android Device Manager. Both web interface and Android application are pushed to Github as a source code. With Open Device Manager, you are able to:

  • Lock your device
  • Take photos with rear and front cameras
  • Alert ringer to locate the phone
  • Receive an SMS to identify insertion of new SIM
  • Send a custom notification
  • Wipe your device
  • Log of all previous activity

The application is in its testing stage, so installation isn’t the easiest. But with a video guide provided by developers, even newcomers should be able to install this application properly in no time. You can find more information about the project by visiting the original thread. Just keep in mind that having this application installed cannot possibly give you perfect data theft protection or device recovery in the event that your device is stolen.


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Tomek Kondrat

eagleeyetom is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Tomek is the only Polish moderator on XDA Developers. He graduated from the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn with a degree in journalism and public communication in 2013. He's a big fan of football (not hand egg), post rock and cooking. A total addict of mobile technology, especially Android. Currently flashes dozens of custom ROMs on his OPO. View eagleeyetom's posts and articles here.
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