How to track your Lost Android and Apple Phone
If your phone is lost or stolen, you should inform your network provider immediately. So they can block it and stop anyone else using it. If you don’t tell them straight away you might have to pay for any unauthorised phone calls, which can be very expensive.
Lets examine some of the ways you can use track your lost phone
i. International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) Number
Do you know that each Mobile phone carries a unique International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) Number, which can be used to track your Mobile phone anywhere in the world.
This is how it works!!
1. Dial *#06# from your Mobile phone.
2. Your Mobile phone will show a unique 15 digits number.
3. Note down this number at a secure place except in your mobile phone itself as this is the Number which will help trace your Mobile phone in Case of theft.
4. Once stolen, all you need do is to e-mail the 15 digits IMEI Number to email@example.com with details as stated below.
Last used No.:_________________
E-mail for communication:_____
IMEI No :_______________________
5. No need to go to the police.
6. Your Mobile will be traced within next 24 hours via a complex system of GPRS and internet, You will find where your hand set is being operated and the new user’s number will be sent to your email.
If your device is an Android Phone the options below applies to you
ii. Track your lost Android device with Google’s Android Device Manager
To use the above method, your phone must meet criteria below
Your device is connected with your Google account.
-Your device has access to the internet.
-Allowed Android Device Manager (ADM) to locate your device (turned on by default). This can changed in the Google Settings app.
-Allowed ADM to lock your device and erase its data (turned off by default).
Android Device Manager is a Google’s official and easy-to-use tool to track your Android phone or tablet. You don’t need an App to use it. The only requirement is that your device is connected to your Google account, turned on and connected to the internet.
All you need to do is visit the Android Device Manager while being logged into your Google Account. Once the site is loaded it will automatically try to track down your phone. If you have several Android devices registered, make sure the right one is chosen in the dropdown menu.
There is a map feature on the ADM page to help you locate the area. Enable ring option and also able to wipe the data.
iii. Remotely install Android Lost App on your phone. Once this is done you should be able to
-Read the latest SMS on your phone
-Force your phone to play a loud alarm with a flashing screen. Perfect if you misplaced your device.
-Get the location of your device
-Lock and unlock your phone
-Wipe your entire phone so no private data falls into the wrong hands
-Erase the SD card
-Use the camera to make pictures (front or rear camera) to get a nice shot of the person who took your device.
iv. Use Google Maps Location History – now called ‘Timeline’ – to track your lost Android phone (even if it’s turned off)
Location Reporting and Location History need to be activated on your device (can be done in the Google Settings app on your device).
Even if the Phone is switched off you can track the location History.
v. Use Samsung’s Find My Mobile to find your phone
For this to work, you need a Samsung account and registered your device before you lost it.
vi. Third party Investigation.
Now there are plenty of third party paid services, to locate your lost mobile phones. Their investigation business model zoom your phone location using any of the above techniques and locate it with all relevant info ! Be warn, some their fees are quite High.
vii. Apple devices
Apple also has their own solution for finding your iPhone or iPad. It is done through the iCloud service, though you must have the iCloud application and the “Find my phone” application installed on your iPad or iPhone in order for the service to work.
Important link below – http://www.apple.com/icloud/find-my-iphone.html
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