Tuesday, March 21, 2017

How to Set up and use Avast Anti-Theft to Find a Lost or Stolen Android Phone


Did you know that you can find your lost phone with Avast anti theft? 
When we lose our smartphone, we lose more than the phone, we also lose private data, information and pictures we wouldn't want out in the public.
There is a way to find and recover your stolen or missing phone or wipe a stolen phone if you can't recover it.
I have been able to recover a stolen phone with the help of Avast Anti-Theft. One of the best find my phone app. 

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Avast mobile security has an anti theft app that can help you track, recover or manage your lost or missing phones in the following ways:

  • Locate & Track your lost or stolen phone.
  • Control your cell phone remotely via a web-based interface or SMS.
  • Remotely lock and wipe the phone memory, in order to keep your data safe.
  • Remotely take photos or listen to audio of the phone's surroundings.
  • Set up a SIM card change notification to another device.
  • Stealth Mode automatically hides the app icon on your phone whenever Anti-Theft is activated, so that a thief is not even aware that you've installed the app.
  • Sound a loud siren
  • Deny access to the phone settings. This prevents the thief from being able to uninstall any app or change any phone settings
The actions above will take place if there is a SIM card change or you mark the phone as lost.

How to set up Avast Anti-Theft

Download Avast Mobile Security

  1. You'll have to download Avast mobile security from Google play Store.
  2. Install and launch the app.
  3. Tap on the app menu, scroll down to settings and tap on settings.
  4. Tap on avast Account and sign up if you don't already have an account or sign in if you already have one.

Download Avast Anti-Theft

  1. Download Avast Anti-Theft from Google play Store.
  2. Install and Launch Avast Anti-Theft.
  3. You will be prompted to turn on avast anti theft.
  4. Connect your Google Drive account to avast anti theft: pictures of the thief and audio of the surrounding will be stored on Google Drive.
  5. Open set up advanced features or settings.
  6. Enable use SMS to report status: if enabled Avast Anti-Theft will use SMS to report status changes and command response to a predefined number
  7. Tap allow for all the security prompts
  8. Turn on stealth mode. This will prevent the app from appearing on your phone. You will have to dial your pin whenever you want to launch avast Anti theft.
  9. Enable pin security. Enter your 4 digit pin.
  10. Enable SIM security
  11. Tap on show message on lock screen. Then type your message.
  12. Tap on connection to avast account. It will automatically connect you to the avast account you registered on the avast mobile SIM security.
  13. Tap on trusted number. Enter a phone number of a friend, if your device is lost or stolen or you use the locate command, avast will send location information to the trusted number via SMS.
  14. Tap on Change Pin. Enter your pin
  15. Enable lock device, this will lock your device when it's marked as lost or if there is a SIM card change. (This can be done by remote command)
  16. Sound siren: this will sound a siren when the device is marked as lost or if there is a SIM card change.
  17. Protect device settings: Anti-Theft PIN will be required to change the phone's settings.

How To Use Avast Anti-Theft To Locate Your Stolen Phone

Now that you've set up Avast Anti-Theft here's how to use it.  
There are 2 ways to command your phone

  1. SMS command
  2. Web browser http://my.avast.com

List of Avast Anti-Theft SMS commands

If your Android device is lost, stolen or missing, and you want to find the lost phone with Avast Anti-Theft, send an SMS (text) to your number (or the number of the thief if he has inserted his own SIM card). Find the list of codes you can send in an SMS below. All commands must begin with the avast anti-theft PIN that you created before. For example, if the PIN you created is 1212, here are the commands you can send:


  • 1212 LOCK: Lock the device.
  • 1212 LOST: Set the phone to "lost" mode.
  • 1212 FOUND: Unset "lost" mode.
  • 1212 UNLOCK: Unlock the phone.
  • 1212 MESSAGE <message>: The <message> is the message you want to send to whoever has your phone.
  • 1212 SIREN ON: Turn the siren sound on.
  • 1212 SIREN OFF: Turn off the siren sound.
  • 1212 LOCATE: Locates the device.
  • 1212 LOCATE <interval>: Continuously tracks device for <interval> minutes.
  • 1212 LOCATE STOP: Stop tracking.
  • 1212 CALL <phone number>: Use the phone to call a number.
  • 1212 FORWARD SMS <phone number>: Forward all text messages to a new number.
  • 1212 FORWARD SMS STOP: Stop forwarding text messages.
  • 1212 CC SMS <phone number>: CC all SMS messages to a new number.
  • 1212 CC SMS STOP: Stop CC'ing texts.
  • 1212 CC CALLS <phone number>: Forward all incoming calls to a specified phone number.
  • 1212 CC CALLS STOP: Stop forwarding calls.
  • 1212 CC ALL <phone number>: Forward both SMS and phone calls.
  • 1212 CC ALL STOP: Stop forwarding all .
  • 1212 WIPE: Wipe the phone.
  • 1212 GET <number> SMS: The <number> is a numerical value of SMS messages.
  • 1212 GET <number> SENT SMS: Gets the last <number> of send text messages.
  • 1212 GET CONTACTS: Gets the contacts from the address book. 

How To Use Web Browser To Control Your Missing or Stolen Phone (Avast Anti-Theft)

  • Launch your web browser and go to my.avast.com
  • Sign in with the avast account You registered for your stolen phone.
  • You will see a list of all your phones that has avast anti theft enabled.
  • Click on the missing or stolen device.
  • You can then click on the option you want. You can activate the following:
  1. You can lock your device
  2. Mark as lost.
  3. Forwarding.
  4. Siren
  5. Lock
See the RED annotation in the image above.
You can send commands like
  1. Wipe
  2. Launch
  3. Record audio
  4. Take pictures
  5. Get data
See the blue annotation in the image above.
You can contact the device by
  1. Message
  2. Call.
See the yellow annotation in the image above.

The avast! Anti-Theft Android app is a great app to help you find your lost phone or, at least, keep your important data from the wrong hands.

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