It may seem like it has been around much longer, but Google’s My Account hub is only one year old today. My Account is Google’s tool to consolidate a variety of security and privacy tools in one place. During the past year, Google says over one billion people have used My Account to make use of tools like the Ads Settings or the Privacy and Security checkup tools. Now Google is announcing three new tools being added to the My Account suite.
First up, and probably the biggest change, is a new ‘Find your phone’ feature to help users who lose their phone or find themselves a victim of theft of their phone. Google indicates in their announcement that they understand not only the risk this puts users in as so many people now use their smartphones as an integral part of their lives, but they also may not even know what to do when they suddenly find their phone missing.
Using the ‘Find your phone’ feature, users will be able to do things like lock their device remotely, call the phone, secure an account on the phone, display a callback number on the screen, or even simply locate the phone. Google says more functions will be coming in the future. ‘Find your phone’ will be available for both Android and iOS devices. To make it easy to access, users can simply search Google for “I lost my phone” to get to the new tool.
When not in panic mode over a lost phone, Google is also making it easier to get to the My Account tool. The new command, “Ok Google, show me my Google account” will be available in the Google Now app to launch My Account directly. The new command is available today in English with other languages to be added soon.
If a user is not on their smartphone, they can just search Google for their own name. If they are signed in when doing the search, leading the page will be a shortcut to the My Account tool.