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How to track your phone with McAfee Mobile Security | Access control

McAfee Mobile Security is an application that offers several security tools for Android and iPhone (iOS), including a device finder. The app allows you to track the cell phone's GPS signal and point the exact address on which it is located on the map. To function, the feature requires a previous configuration, without which the phone cannot be found in case of loss or theft. See, in the following tutorial, how to activate the function on the smartphone and then how to search for a monitored device via the internet.

McAfee Mobile Security app lets you know the location of your lost Android or iPhone Photo: Paulo Alves / TechTudoMcAfee Mobile Security app lets you know the location of your lost Android or iPhone Photo: Paulo Alves / TechTudo

McAfee Mobile Security app lets you know the location of your lost Android or iPhone Photo: Paulo Alves / TechTudo

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Step 1. Download and install McAfee Mobile Security on your phone. When opening the app for the first time, click Activate in the pop-up window to grant the program special permission. Locate the app in the accessibility setting to continue.

Access McAfee Mobile Security accessibility settings Photo: Reproduo / Paulo AlvesAccess McAfee Mobile Security accessibility settings Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves

Access McAfee Mobile Security accessibility settings Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves

Step 2. Turn the key at the top to activate the permission.

Grant accessibility permission to McAfee Mobile Security Photo: Reproduo / Paulo AlvesGrant accessibility permission to McAfee Mobile Security Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves

Grant accessibility permission to McAfee Mobile Security Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves

Step 3. Back in the app, tap Find device, then tap Activate to grant more permissions.

Enable McAfee Mobile Security's location feature Photo: Reproduction / Paulo AlvesEnable McAfee Mobile Security's location feature Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves

Enable McAfee Mobile Security's location feature Photo: Reproduction / Paulo Alves

Step 4. On the next screen, you should create a McAfee account. Enter your email address and proceed to create a password.

Create a McAfee account in the application Photo: Reproduo / Paulo AlvesCreate a McAfee account in the application Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves

Create a McAfee account in the application Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves

Step 5. To finish creating the account, define a second security code consisting of six numbers. Then, grant one more set of permissions by tapping Activate.

Create a security PIN and finish the configuration Photo: Reproduo / Paulo AlvesCreate a security PIN and finish the configuration Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves

Create a security PIN and finish the configuration Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves

Step 6. On cell phones running Android 6 or later, I still need to disable battery optimization so that the application can run in the background. Touch the notification and then Allow in the pop-up window.

Disable battery optimization for the app if you use Android 6 or higher Photo: Reproduo / Paulo AlvesDisable battery optimization for the app if you use Android 6 or higher Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves

Disable battery optimization for the app if you use Android 6 or higher Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves

Step 1. Download and install McAfee Mobile Security for iOS and tap Find device. You will be taken to a McAfee account setup screen. To get started, enter your email address.

Create a McAfee account on the iPhone Photo: Reproduo / Paulo AlvesCreate a McAfee account on the iPhone Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves

Create a McAfee account on the iPhone Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves

Step 2. Create a password and tap Next to return to the previous screen. This time, note that there is a new option Find device: disabled. Touch the Activate button below.

Create a password and activate the McAfee Mobile Security location feature Photo: Reproduo / Paulo AlvesCreate a password and activate the McAfee Mobile Security location feature Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves

Create a password and activate the McAfee Mobile Security location feature Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves

Step 3. The app will display an instruction page. Swipe sideways to proceed and tap Go to settings.

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Access McAfee Mobile Security settings on iOS Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves

Step 4. On the McAfee Mobile Security settings screen, tap Location and select the Always option to keep the app?s locator enabled.

Enable McAfee Mobile Security nonstop location on iPhone Photo: Reproduo / Paulo AlvesEnable McAfee Mobile Security nonstop location on iPhone Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves

Enable McAfee Mobile Security nonstop location on iPhone Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves

Step 5. Back in the app, tap Find device and go to Get started to start activating the feature.

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Activate the McAfee Mobile Security locator Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves

Step 6. Finally, activate the key in the Continuous Tracking option.

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Turn on McAfee Mobile Security 24-hour tracking on iPhone Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves

The method of locating a lost or stolen smartphone is the same for Android or iOS. To use just access a computer browser or borrowed phone.

Step 1. Open the McAfee Mobile Security web page and enter your email and password to sign in. After login, the tool will display your device on the screen. Touch Find on the footer.

Access your McAfee account and locate your device online Photo: Reproduo / Paulo AlvesAccess your McAfee account and locate your device online Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves

Access your McAfee account and locate your device online Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves

Step 2. After a few seconds, the map will display the cell phone's location address. Touch I lost my device to perform a remote lock. The phone can be unlocked using fingerprints, standard PIN or, on Android phones, using the six digit code defined in the initial configuration.

Lock your phone with a remote password Photo: Reproduo / Paulo AlvesLock your phone with a remote password Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves

Lock your phone with a remote password Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves

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