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How does Apple’s and soon Android’s Find My network work ? 📍

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In last week’s edition of #TechFriday, we talked about the arrival of a Find My network on Android. You can find our article on the subject by clicking here. One of our readers took the opportunity to ask us how it works? The answer in this week’s #AskGriots.

Lost or stolen device tracking 📡

Apple’s Find My network allows you to locate your various lost or stolen devices. A similar system exists for Samsung devices, and is being rolled out across the Android ecosystem.

When your device is lost or stolen, if it’s online, it uses Wi-Fi and the cellular network to provide an accurate location. Apple also uses location data from cellular base stations and Wi-Fi hotspots to refine your device’s position.

Off-line tracking 📵

If your device is offline, it broadcasts a secure Bluetooth signal that other Apple devices in the near range can detect. When several Apple devices detect this signal, they transmit your device’s approximate position to Apple anonymously, which then makes it available in the  » Find My » application.

This network works just as well for finding smartphones as it does for accessories such as watches, headphones and trackers.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask us in comments. Your favorite griots will answer them 😁

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