How To Track your lost Android or iOS device in 2020?
We all use mobile phones and for all of us, it is our most important asset right now. We store our important documents, bank details, Our memories, contact details, and many more in it. If we lost it, we also lose all the data that but in worst case someone finds your mobile and misuse that information, which can cost you huge financial and information loss.
So, How Do You Recover Your Mobile Phone?
You can use IMEI(International Mobile Equipment Identity) number it’s a 15 digit special number which is assigned by the manufacturer to all the devices which can connect to the internet like mobile, laptop, computer, etc. Each mobile has its unique IMEI number and with the help of this number, you can trace it.
What If I Don’t Know What Is My IMEI Number?
Don’t worry there are lots of ways to find the IMEI number. You can find your mobile’s IMEI number at the backside of it, or underneath your mobile’s battery or at you mobile box. Scroll down and read all the methods that you can use to find your IMEI number.
Important things to do:
If you lost your mobile phone then the first thing to do is, contact your service provider and ask them to block your IMEI number. Once they blocked your IMEI number, no one can make or receive calls, send or receive any text message with your mobile phone on any network in that country. This small effort keeps your data safe even when you lost your phone.
How do I find the IMEI number on Android mobile?
If you have an Android mobile then the first question that comes in your mind is how to find my IMEI number on Android?
There are several ways to check your mobile’s IMEI number.
1. Type *#06# on your Mobile Dialpad
When you type in the given code you will see IMEI1 and IMEI2 number on your screen. These are the number that you can use to track your mobile phone. You can save them for future use.
2. Check You Mobile Settings
You can find your IMEI number under Settings > About phone> IMEI
Settings can be different for some devices in that case they can google their model number to find IMEI or related settings.
3. Under the Battery
Mobile devices that come with a removable battery option allow you to find your IMEI number beneath the battery. Remove your mobile phone battery and you can read your Mobile IMEI number on the mobile panel.
4. If you are not able to use the first three methods then you can use the fourth method. For this, you need to login to your android dashboard by visiting Google dashboard and in the device area, you can find all the devices that were connected with your registered email id.
Here you can find the device’s model number, model name, their last activity, and IMEI number.
How Do I Find IMEI Number on iPhone/iPad ?
Finding the IMEI number of your iPhone is quite the same as android mobile. Let’s start with the first option.
1. Type *#06# in iPhone Dial Pad
*#06* is a universal key that is used to find your mobile IMEI number. It is very easy to use and fully compatible with all brand devices. Type it on the mobile dial pad and you will get your IMEI numbers.
2. Check Your iPhone Settings
Open your iPhone Settings and then click on General >About. Scroll down to find the IMEI number.
3. On your iPhone Device
you can find your 15-digit IMEI number at the backside of your iPhone. Also, you can check your device’s sim tray. IMEI number is printed by the manufacturer on it.
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How to use Find My app on the iPhone?
Find My app is Apple’s application which is preinstalled in all Apple devices. Using this app users can find their lost devices and locate them. Follow the given steps to learn how to use it.
1. Tap on Setting and then tap your Name.
3. You will see all the setting which you can enable to track your device turn them on.
Note: If Find My set up on your iPhone then your Apple Watch and AirPods will automatically be set up too.
Enable Offline Finding allows you to find your devices even if it’s not connected to the internet or cellular network.
Send Last Location allows you to send the last location of the device when your battery is critically low that way you can look up its last unknown location if your battery dies.
Locate Your Device: To locate a missing device click on the Find Me app and then click on Devices. You can see a list of connected devices with Find My enabled.
You can see your name at the top and some options like Play Sound, Directions, Notifications, Mark As Lost and Erase The Device.
If it looks like your device is nearby but you still can’t find it then you can use Play Sound and your misplace device will ring and you can hear that sound. With this, you can find it if it’s under the bed or in the next room.
Tap on Direction if your device is far or in an unfamiliar location. It will guide you to your device location.
If you think you lost your device you can click on Activate under Mark As Lost. This lets you remotely lock your missing device with its passcode, and will display a message with contact information on the screen.
Note: Missing device must be connected to the internet to activate the Mark As Lost mode.
If you are worried about your private information that is stored in your iPhone which you lost, then you can use Erase This Device feature to erase your device. However, once you erase the device you will not be able to track it.
Share Your Location: You can also use Find My app to share your location with your friends and family. To do this tap People and then click on Start Sharing Location. Then find and select the contacts and tap send. You can select the time frame from the given options.
How to track lost mobile phone with Find my Phone (Google)?
If you are using an Android mobile then you must have heard about Google Find My Phone application. Its an application designed by Google which users can use to track their devices.
It comes with some powerful features like tracking your device, lock it, or erase it, etc.
Google’s Find My Device
You can use Google Find My Device in two ways. The first one is to download it from the Google Android app store and install it and the second one is by visiting Google’s official Website and login with the same registered email id that you were using in mobile to track your device.
How does It work?
After downloading the app, sign in with your registered email id, if you’re already signed in then, you will see a map with your device location.
On the Home screen, you will see three options Play Sound, Lock, and Erase. Each of them has its importance and work with all device.
Play Sound on Android Device
If you forgot your device or misplace it in nearby, then you can tap Play Sound and your phone or tablet will start ringing. Tap on the Stop Sound button once you find it.
Secure Your Android Device
Using this feature, you can secure your mobile and lock it also you can add your contact details as a message on your mobile screen so that if anyone finds it can contact you. To use this feature, tap Lock then types a message and your mobile number tap lock to confirm the action.
Erase Your Android Device
If you have private information in your lost mobile then you can use the Erase Device feature. It will erase all the files and sign you out from all websites and apps that you were using on the mobile phone.
Remember this is one time shot which means once you click Erase Device, it will erase your data and you cannot recover it and cannot track it.
How to find a lost mobile using IMEI number in India?
If you are not able to find your mobile number then don’t worry, we will help you out and guide how you can find your mobile in India.
While Google provided us a really good tool that is Find My Device for android and Apple gives us Find My app for iPhone, yet both of these apps are useless if the phone that you lost is not connected to the internet.
The Government of India (GOI) has unveiled the (CEIR) Central Equipment Identity Register which allows users to track a lost phone. Or block it. This advanced technology will work even if the SIM card is removed or changed.
All this is managed by the (CDT) Centre of Development of Telematics. They work with all the telecom operators and other regulatory authorities to track lost smartphones in all over India.
Follow these steps and track your mobile
1. The first step is going to your nearest Police station and register a lost or stolen phone complaint and keep a copy of the report
2. Then contact your service provider about your mobile and ask them to issue a duplicate SIM card. It is very necessary to get a duplicate number as when you request the service provider to block the IMEI number then you will get an OTP on this number
3. In the next step visit the official website for blocking the IMEI and don’t forget to attach the required documents when asked. You will need some documents for this like a copy of the FIR, ID proof, Mobile Bill, etc.
4. You will get an OTP on your mobile number that you entered, make sure you enter the same number which was last active on the phone when it got lost.
5. After that, you will get a request ID with the help of which you can check the status of the request
Note: When you file an FIR against a lost or stolen mobile phone, the network operator will blacklist the device and share its IMEI number with the central database and other operators. This small step will ban the device and it doesn’t work on any network even if the SIM card is removed or replaced.
Indian Govt’s initiative will hopefully help a lot of users who lost their mobile phones.