Samsung’s Find My Mobile app can locate Galaxy devices even when they’re offline

Samsung’s Find My Mobile app can locate Galaxy devices even when they’re offline

Update 1 (10/28/2020 @ 05:08 PM ET): The offline search feature in Samsung’s Find My Mobile app is now widely available for Galaxy smartphones running Android 10 and above. Scroll to the bottom for more information. The article as published on August 24, 2020, is preserved below.

Samsung’s Find My Mobile app is designed to help you remotely locate your device, back up data to Samsung Cloud, delete local data, and block access to Samsung Pay in case of loss or theft. However, the app requires a working network connection to perform all of the aforementioned functions. This means that if your device loses network coverage, there’s no way for you to locate it using the app. Thankfully, Samsung is now rolling out an update for the Find My Mobile app which addresses this issue.

The latest update for the Find My Mobile app (version 7.2.05.44) adds a new ‘Offline finding’ feature that will let you find your phone using someone else’s Galaxy device, even when your device isn’t connected to a network. The feature will also let other users use your phone to scan for lost Galaxy devices that may be nearby. Additionally, the feature will let you find Galaxy Watches and earbuds if they were connected to your device.

The feature was recently spotted by Max Weinbach, who shared the above screenshots as shown above. As you can see in the screenshots, your phone will display a notification for the new feature as soon as you receive the latest Find My Mobile update on your Samsung Galaxy device. Tapping on the notification will instantly open up the respective settings page, where you’ll be able to enable the feature by tapping on the toggle in the top right corner. You’ll also be able to encrypt your offline location from the same settings page. Once the feature is turned on, you’ll be able to find your phone even if it’s not connected to a network.

While we can’t confirm how this feature works just yet, it appears that it’s only available in the U.S. and South Korea, according to one user who dug through the SmartThings app.

You can download version 7.2.05.44 of the Find My Mobile app from the Samsung Galaxy Store or from APKMirror. Once we confirm how this feature works, we’ll update this article with those details.

This article was updated at 6:38 PM EST on August 24, 2020, to correct the version number of the Find My Mobile app that adds this new functionality. We also added details on the country availability. Thanks to AP’s Ryne Hager for the heads up!

Update 1: Offline Search now widely available

As reported by GalaxyClubthe offline search feature in the Find My Mobile app is now available for all Samsung Galaxy smartphones running Android 10+. You’ll need version 7.2.07.19 of the app. Previously, version 7.2.05.44 of the app brought the functionality to users in the U.S. and South Korea, but this same functionality now seems to be widely available regardless of region.

To access Find My Mobile, go to Settings > Biometrics and security. There, you can enable the new offline search feature.

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Pranob Mehrotra
Pranob Mehrotra

A Literature and Linguistics graduate with a keen interest in everything Android. When not writing about tech, Pranob spends most of his time either playing League of Legends or lurking on Reddit.