A new update will allow Samsung’s Find My Mobile app to work for lost phones even after they have been taken offline.
Called Offline finding, the app’s new feature basically uses a crowd-sourced approach, leveraging a community network to locate nearby Galaxy devices, explains a new report from 9to5Google.
When the app cannot track down the handset through an online connection, it’ll consult the network of Galaxy devices to see if one of them can track it down. It’s not clear how, but it’s likely to use the devices’ unique Bluetooth signatures.
Looks like Samsung just added offline finding to Samsung’s Find My Mobile.
Let’s you track your phone even if it doesn’t have WiFi or cellular by using other Galaxy users. pic.twitter.com/psLl1rcb4X
— Max Weinbach (@MaxWinebach) August 22, 2020
Those turning on the feature will also ensure Galaxy owners can participate and help other Galaxy users find their own lost phones.
The offline tracking feature is available in version 7.1.08.0 of the Find my Mobile app, which is rolling out now. You’ll need to turn it on manually, though Samsung is alerting users to the option through a push notification.
It appears that the feature is only available in the US and South Korea, according to one user who dug through the SmartThings app.