Samsung Electronics recently launched SmartThings Find, a new service in the SmartThings app that lets you quickly and easily locate Galaxy devices.
The SmartThings Find was initially available for early access to 6 million users across Korea, the U.K., and the U.S., but now it’s available globally to devices running Android 8 or later.
The feature uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and ultra-wideband (UWB) technologies to help people find select Galaxy smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, and earbuds. It also has integrated map directions and the ability to “ring” a lost device to find it more quickly.
When you lose a device, just open SmartThings Find on your smartphone or tablet and select the device you want to locate. Your smartphone will then show you the exact location of your device on a map. Once you’re close to your device, you can choose to either have your device “ring” or locate it using the AR-based Search Nearby function, which displays color graphics that increase in intensity when you are getting closer to your device.
It also works even when the device is offline, as users can opt in to securely use their Galaxy smartphone or tablet to help others locate their lost devices. Once a device has been offline for 30 minutes, it produces a BLE signal that can be received by other devices.
If you report your device as lost via SmartThings Find, any nearby Galaxy smartphone or tablet that has opted into helping find misplaced devices can alert the Samsung server about its location, which will in turn notify you.
All SmartThings Find user data is also encrypted and securely protected, ensuring that the device’s location is not revealed to anyone except its owner.