Google’s Find My Device service has been a staple for locating Android phones and a select range of devices, yet its limitations have been apparent, functioning solely with internet-connected devices equipped with location capabilities. However, a transformation is on the horizon.
This transformation is facilitated by the introduction of the new Find My Device network, unveiled at Google IO 2023 in May. This innovative network leverages Bluetooth trackers alongside over a billion Android devices globally, enabling the location tracking of items that lack location capabilities or are offline. This expansion in compatibility extends the reach of trackable devices significantly.
Outlined below are comprehensive insights into the workings of the new Find My Device network, including its operation, setup process, anticipated launch date, and whether Google will introduce an AirTag-like tracker of its own to complement the network’s capabilities.