How to track your Lost Android and Apple Phone
Track your Lost Android and Apple Phone
View our other article –Apps to Track your Lost Android 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Some Apps to help you find your lost phone
Some of these apps have features that can help you track down your missing phone by triggering it to ring off the hook, send its GPS location to your email or when worse comes to worst, allow you to wipe your data from the missing smartphone remotely.
Not enough? Snap a photo of the perpetrator or record their audio with your phone’s microphone. Yes, these apps can do that and more.
But remember that only some of them can be installed after the phone is lost. The rest of them are preventive measures, meaning you should already have them before something bad happens to your device. With that out of the way, let’s go get your phone back.
App 1 – Where’s My Droid – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.alienmanfc6.wheresmyandroid
It has FREE and PAID version – Where’s My Droid is a pure Find my Phone app to help you locate your phone. When your smartphone goes missing, sending a code via text will make the phone ring (even when set in silent mode) while another text code sends you the GPS coordinates of the phone.
This is a very good App, very easy to setup and use. More details on thier site – https://wheresmydroid.com/support-content.html?t=gps
Plan B – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.planbnew&hl=en_GB
It is Paid and can be a saver when you lost your Android phone. If you had not install any tracking app before your Android device was stolen or misplaced, Plan B will be a lifesaver. Plan B is an Android app from Lookout Labs which locates your smartphone using cell towers and GPS, then sends the location of your smartphone to your Gmail Inbox.
In some smartphones, Plan B can enable the GPS on the phone then update you with its location every 10 minutes. For phones with no such support, you can text ‘location’ from another phone, and details of the missing phone’s location will be sent to your email. In the absence of a data connection, the software will send its location via SMS instead.
Does not have a GOOD Review
Android Lost Free – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.androidlost
[Free] This app is not only perfect for finding your lost phone, it will also torment the thief (something which we’re sure they fully deserve). You can activate (via SMS or the Web) the alarm to ring with a flashing screen, enable and disable the GPS, data and Wi-Fi connection, remote wipe the SD card, and get their latest call list.
The App is loaded with features and actually works
Although it’s a free app, the app lets you take pictures from the smartphone camera (front and rear) and make your phone speak using text-to-speech. Once the SIM card is changed, you will be informed via email. This app can be used even after you have lost your smartphone due to its remote install feature and is hidden from the launcher to prevent uninstallation.
Manual step by step – http://www.androidlost.com
App has a very good Review
SeekDroid Lite – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.gtmedia.seekdroid.lite&feature
Both Free and Pro version. This has all the regulars, remote lock and wipe, SMS activation, ring alert even in silent mode, hide from view mode, and GPS-enabling feature. You can also retrieve the most recent call logs – and it works even without a SIM card plugged in.
Pro account comes with more perks. Lets you track the movements of the stolen smartphone with a history map so you know where your device is heading. You can also get protection for multiple devices.
more details – hwww.seekdroid.com/
AntiDroidTheft – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.android.antidroidtheft&feature
Here’s a simple anti-theft device which lets you locate your phone via GPS, track changes made to the SIM card and view the pictures that have been taken by the smartphone all through the Web.
More details here – antidroidtheft.com/
Cerberus – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lsdroid.cerberus&feature
Free version last for a week but it is loaded. Cerberus has all the works, remote alarm trigger, tracking via GPS, remote wipe of the SD card as well as the internal storage, remote lock of the phone, plus alerts of a SIM change. You can also record audio from the microphone.
Pro version covers 5 devices.
More details here – cerberusapp.com/home/en
Prey Anti-Theft- https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.prey
Prey Anti-Theft you have to get it installed before the phone goes missing. To find your lost phone, you can activate Prey via SMS with the words “GO PREY” in all caps then log into the Control Panel via the Web to mark the device as ‘Missing’. You can then receive notices of where your phone is. The app is hidden and can only be uninstalled with a password.
more details – preyproject.com/