Google has updated its My Account service to include a feature that helps iPad and iPhone owners locate their lost or stolen iOS device (via TechCrunch).
Previously only available to Android owners, the new feature now appears when users sign into their Google “My Account” page under the section “Find your phone”, where options exist to locate a device, lock it remotely, call it, secure an account, leave a callback number on its screen, and more.
The find and lock features don’t actually let Google take control of lost iOS devices, but instead redirect users to the iCloud website, meaning they aren’t a replacement for Apple’s Find My iPhone service.
However, tools for calling a lost phone, remotely signing out of a Google account, and locating a local lost and found should come as welcome additions for Google account holders.
Users can access the My Account page from the iOS Google app, by saying, “OK Google, show me my Google account”. The company is also working to make the features easier to access in other ways, so that users will be able to access their My Account page simply by Googling their own name, for example.
Google’s My Account site launched last year to offer Google users centralized access to privacy and security settings across the company’s services. Other options on the My Account site include Ads Settings, Privacy and Security checkups, and more.