Recommended Settings for mobile devices with Prey

First of all

You need to make sure that you enable all the permissions Prey asks for when you first install the agent. They will ensure that Prey actions work properly and that reports include all the information they should when you set your device to Missing.

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Android

Prey for Android will lift whenever necessary, so there is not much to tinker around. The only thing you need to have in mind is to keep Location Services On, or Prey won't be able to get the device’s location.

To turn Location Services on, grab your phone or tablet and go to Settings > Location > Mode and select High Accuracy (This may change depending on the Android version.) You will need to keep Wi-Fi and/or GPS on for a location to be obtained, preferably both to ensure accuracy. Don't worry about using extra battery! GPS doesn't consume it if it's not being used by the app.

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iOS

To properly use Prey for iOS, it's mandatory to have the app running in your iPhone or iPad's background. This can be done just tapping on the Prey icon and then using your phone or tablet normally, never killing Prey. While it is running on the device, you'll get location, reports, etc. This is required because apps can't be remotely run on iOS due to Apple's restrictions. The good news is that while on the background, and provided that devices aren't saved as Missing, the app won't consume any battery. It just sleeps.

Important

Reports and every Prey action will not be able to work if the app isn’t running in the background.

Since Prey can't be automatically brought up, we created a trap message to lure the thief into tapping it, allowing the agent to take a picture of him. The message will appear when the device is set to Missing and will refer to billing statements and banks. An offer they can't refuse!

Even though Prey for iOS is a little bit more complex than Prey for Android, if all the settings are properly enabled, the app will do all of its magic. Here are the tips in a nutshell.

Go to Settings > Prey and check the following options:

  • Location: Always enabled. This will help you locating your iOS devices whenever they get stolen or missing.
  • Camera: Enabled. This will allow Prey access to your device's camera and take photos to the thieves.
  • Notifications: Tap on them and enable everything. You'll get push notifications, popups and badges coming from Prey.
  • Background App Refresh: Enabled. Prey will check your device's information constantly, as long as it's connected to the internet. Even when locked.