You need to know about the Find My Device Network

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Google launched the Find My Device (FMD) network in the US and Canada.
How does Android’s Find My Device work?
Google published a blog on how it developed the network behind Find My Device.
In a blog post, Google addresses potential security concerns with Android’s Find My Device network.
The Find My Device app won’t provide you with turn-by-turn directions to the object, but it can show a lost device’s proximity to the nearest Nest device in your smart home as a reference point.
You can use the Find My Device network now.
Once installed and activated, the Find My Device network will turn on by default.
So far, only a few trackers, including the brands mentioned at the top of the page, work with the FMD network.


Alright, alright, alright. If this isn’t just one more iOS-like feature that Android users will get. Say that three times quickly: Android already has Bluetooth tracker tracking thanks to services provided by third parties like Tile. But after Samsung decided to join in with the Galaxy Tag, which is only compatible with Samsung devices, Apple released its AirTags, which everyone in the walled garden purchased. Finally, Google needed to come up with an Android-wide solution to keep up with its rivals. Thankfully, you can access this version of Android without waiting for a particular version of the platform to release.

In the US and Canada, Google introduced the Find My Device (FMD) network. Help for lost Android tablets and smartphones is now possible with this feature. Though I can already see my Sony headphones and Pixel Buds A-Series populating in the Find My Device app for Android, it will eventually work with more headphones and earbuds. Google is also going to begin supporting smart tags from JioTag, Pebblebee, Chipolo, and Eufy in May. Additionally, the unknown tracker alert feature on iOS and Android devices will launch in May. Two trackers that function on both platforms are Pebblebee and Chipolo.

How is Find My Device on Android operated?

Google wrote a blog post about how it created the network that powers Find My Device. Similar to Apple’s AirTag network, FMD uses Bluetooth proximity to locate devices, allowing it to rely on other devices to tell where it is in your room. When you launch the Find My Device mobile app, the location you see pinpointed is made up of combined location data from the device you’re looking for and any nearby detectable ones.

Google discusses possible security issues with the Find My Device network on Android in a blog post. The company describes how Google cannot identify the owners of the nearby Android devices that supplied the location data because FMD is end-to-end encrypted. To provide even more privacy protection, the app doesn’t gather information about nearby Android devices.

You can use devices in your home network to help you find items, such as keys hidden under a couch cushion, because it uses Bluetooth. The closest Nest device in your smart home can be used as a reference point when a lost device is located; however, the Find My Device app cannot give you turn-by-turn directions to the item.

When will Find My Device be available?

Use of the Find My Device network is now possible. Any device running Android 9 or later can use it. If the app isn’t appearing in your launcher, download it from the Play Store. The Find My Device network will turn on automatically after installation and activation. The browser app Find My Device allows you to check on devices as well.

As of right now, the FMD network is only compatible with a small number of trackers, among them the companies listed at the top of the page. Pebblebee trackers won’t be shipped until May, but Chipolo is the one you can purchase directly. Later in the year, JioTag and Eufy will release their respective products. Unfortunately, this network does not allow you to find Samsung Galaxy Tags.

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