While most people use Google as a search engine, the website actually has more tools than you might realise. In fact, typing certain phrases into your search bar will load a number of different features. These embedded tools aren’t hidden, but they don’t appear on the main search page either. As a result, many people don’t know they’re there.
From finding your Android devices to getting weather forecasts, here are four of the coolest and most useful tools you can load using Google Search.
1. Track or find your phone
If you have an Android phone and you’ve misplaced it, you can use Google Search to find its location. Simply type 'find my phone' into the search bar and Google will load a map, the devices you’ve signed into with your Google account, and options for tracking these devices.
If your phone is just somewhere around the house and you can’t find it, select 'ring' and your phone will play a tune. This is incredibly handy since it works even if your phone is on silent.
If you’ve lost your phone, you can use 'recover' to track its location and where it was last used. If your phone has been stolen, you can remotely lock or erase your device, as long as it is still online.