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Find My Device reaches 500 million downloads on Google Play

Find My Device reaches 500 million downloads on Google Play

Following its launch with the network and viewers, the Find My Device app has surpassed 500 million downloads on the Google Play Store.

Google released the app on December 11, 2013. For years, the app’s design remained the same, with a green and white color palette. In early 2023, Google finally gave it a Material You redesign (and dark theme), which removed the map-based UI with a device carousel at the top.

You will now be presented with a simple list of devices. google.com/android/find It’s also been updated to match. For a while, Google allowed you to search for “find my phone” and get the same functionality. That was removed a few years ago, and now a Find My Device app or website is required.

In addition to seeing the location and status (battery and network) of Android phones, tablets, Wear OS watches, Fast Pair headphones, and now trackers on a map, the app lets you play a sound, lock devices, add a custom message, and wipe devices signed into your Google Account.

The layout is simple enough, but I wish Google would fix the missing device icon issue sooner rather than later. You get a generic phone instead of a live image (from the Google Play Console).

Towards the end of 2023, Google finally updated the logo. The green/white was replaced with a radar-inspired four-color icon.

You don’t actually use the “Find Device” app name in the launchers to set up the FMD network or trackers. That’s all handled by Google Play services and the Quick Match page that slides up.

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