Android Candy: Hire a Cerberus to Find Your Phone

In a recent career shift, I went from an employer who provided me an iPhone to one who provides me with an Android (Galaxy S4 to be specific). Although I was happy to move to a Linux-based handset, I was concerned about replacing the "Find My iPhone" capability that Apple provides. Not only does my family use it to keep track of each other, but we also relied on it when a phone was misplaced. Does the Google Play store offer anything comparable? Um, yes.

Cerberus is a $4 application (with a generous trial period so you can check it out) that blows Apple's "Find My iPhone" out of the water. Not only can it track down a phone, but it also keeps a history of where the phone has been (Figure 1), takes photos and videos, and yes, sets off an alarm to find your misplaced phone.

Figure 1. Cerberus Keeps a History of Where the Phone Has Been

I was worried Cerberus might cause unusually high battery usage due to its regular GPS pings, but I haven't noticed any difference at all. Plus, with all its features (Figure 2), I'd be willing to sacrifice a little battery life. Thankfully, I get the best of both worlds!

Figure 2. Cerberus' Features

If you are switching from an iPhone to an Android device, or if you've been using Android for a while but haven't installed a security device, I urge you to try Cerberus. It's awesome!


Shawn is Associate Editor here at Linux Journal, and has been around Linux since the beginning. He has a passion for open source, and he loves to teach. He also drinks too much coffee, which often shows in his writing.


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It's well written, does what it's supposed to efficiently, has great features, can be controlled either via the web or via text message, and can be installed as a system app so that it will survive wiping the phone. Been using it for two years, and it has most other offerings beat all hollow (especially the doofy ones that also offer antivirus, which is a waste of cycles and battery for the vast majority of Android users)

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kiwimind's picture

There's another available on the Play Store, which has a fairly good offering at the free level (more on the premium).

The benefit is that it keeps an eye on your other apps too, to make sure they're not doing anything they shouldn't.

There are free alternatives

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* Android 4.3
Google provides "Android Device Manager"

* AirDroid 2.X
This free application continues to get better, simply register for an account and set up a master password for the "Find Phone" feature.

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