Samsung debuts SmartThings Find to help you locate lost Galaxy devices
- Samsung is now rolling out its new SmartThings Find service worldwide.
- The service helps find lost Galaxy devices using Bluetooth Low Energy and UWB technology.
- It will be available to all Galaxy users through an update of the SmartThings app.
Samsung today announced the launch of SmartThings Find. It’s a new service that uses ultra-broadband (UWB) technology and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to quickly find your misplaced Galaxy phones, smartwatches, earbuds or tablets.
SmartThings Find was so far in beta testing. According to Samsung, nearly six million people have tried it in the US, UK, and Korea. Samsung says it is now ready for a global launch.
Starting today, Samsung will be releasing a new software update for the SmartThings app with the SmartThings Find service. Once you get the feature it can be accessed by tapping the banner at the bottom of the home screen in the SmartThings app.
Users have to go through a quick registration process after which they can locate their Galaxy devices down to each individual earbud.
“Whether you drop your Galaxy Note 20 Ultra behind the sofa, can’t remember where you’ve stowed your Galaxy Buds Live, or left your Galaxy Watch 3 somewhere,” says SmartThings Find, providing you with built-in map directions and to your lost device carries the ability to ping it.
The service also has an AR-based Nearby Search feature that displays color graphics that increase in intensity as you get closer to your lost device. It can even find offline devices. Once a device has been offline for 30 minutes, it generates a BLE signal that can be received by other Galaxy devices. If you report your device as lost through SmartThings Find, any nearby Galaxy phone or tablet that has chosen to find misplaced devices can inform the Samsung server of its location.
You can see how SmartThings Find works by watching the embedded video above.
The service is available on Galaxy phones and tablets with Android 8 or higher and on Galaxy Watch devices with Tizen 5.5 or higher. It also works with the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus and Buds Live, but not the original Galaxy Buds. The UWB-supported tracking function is only available for the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra and the Galaxy Z Fold 2. Other Samsung devices use bluetooth based tracking because they don’t have UWB technology.