Google is doing a lot of things to really make me mad, and most of them include “breaking” apps with updates. But nothing is more frustrating than Google’s recent Google Services update that breaks disables Android Device Manager on your phone or tablet.

Android Device Manager Settings

I’m pretty sure you forgot all about Android Device Manager after I told you to enable the feature. You and I thought we’d never have to touch these settings again.

I’ll take full blame for our ignorance, because we were wrong.

Please go and check your Android Device Manager settings to make sure the feature is still enabled. You can access Android Device Manager by clicking App Menu > Google Settings > Android Device Manager.

What you’ll probably see is one or both of the settings missing a check mark — I had 3 different results on 3 different devices. Just click the missing boxes and you’re back in business.

Unfortunately, if you lost your device before your re-enabled this feature, there’s bad news: Android Device Manager probably didn’t work.

I found this error by chance while checking where the Google Settings update added anything new — you’ll probably notice an icon color change, green to grey. The problem apparently comes from an update to Google Play Services, which is the background engine that connects your Android device to Google’s services.

Take a quick second to make sure you’re still protected.

Jeff Taylor

I'm just an ordinary guy living an extraordinary life. I'm also an attorney and I blog about Android for lawyers. You can follow me on Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, or Google+.


Russ Bowen · November 7, 2013 at 12:20 pm

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Carol G · November 7, 2013 at 6:23 pm

Timely post, because I’d been meaning to message you to ask whether you thought that by using ADM, one could stop using services like Lookout Mobile Security on all of my devices before ADM.

    Jeffrey Taylor · November 8, 2013 at 4:29 am

    ADM doesn’t have virus scan, which I think is crucial. I’d say you can stop paying for the locate service, if your app charges you.

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