My smartphone was stolen, but Google’s Find My Device helped me get it back

Google's Find My Device on a Black Shark 2 Pro

When I was walking down the bustling metropolitan battlefield of London’s Oxford Street after work one day, texting away on the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 I was meant to be testing, I watched as a passing cyclist grabbed the phone from my hand and sped off into the night.

By the time my brain twigged I’d been robbed, the bike bandit was much further down the road, and any hope of pursuit was gone. My handset had been pinched in broad daylight – or, at least, the never-ending light of London’s busiest street – and there was nothing I could do about it.