Lost your mobile phone? With advancements in technology, tracing stolen mobile phones has become easy. There are many options out that helps you in tracing stolen mobile phones. And, it gets easier if your phone is a smart phone. Smart phones have options such as phone disabling, erasing data, tracing the current location of the mobile etc.. which makes the process easier.
First thing to do if you find your mobile to be lost is to search as it may be misplaced. You can search by texting or calling from another phone. This helps if someone finds the phone and may want to return it to you. If you do not get any response to your calls or message, then it is best to register a complaint with police and block the number. Blocking the number prevents the person having your mobile to use it for illegal activities.
IMEI Number for Tracing Stolen Mobile Phones
IMEI number is the easiest way for tracing stolen mobile phones. It works across all network providers and on all mobile phones. IMEI is a unique number assigned to every mobile phone. You can find this number on the packing or purchase bills of the mobile phone. This number won’t change even if you change the SIM cards or the network service provider.
In order to receive service from the network, the mobile phones will send the IMEI number. Hence the service network will also have the IMEI number. But, the network service operator will share this info only on providing the copy of a registered complaint. They will also have the option of blocking the mobile phone using the IMEI number. It cannot be used on any network using any SIM card once it is blocked.
Smart Phone Apps for Tracing Stolen Mobile Phones
If your mobile phone is a smart phone, the you have lot of options. There are many apps available that will help you in tracing stolen mobile phones.
- Activate GPS to get the location details
- Get the call records of the mobile phone after you lost it
- Erase all the info pertaining to you from your mobile phone
- Recover data remotely
How to get IMEI number?
Press “*#06#” on a smartphone or a basic mobile phone. It the displays the IMEI number on the screen. If you had bought your mobile phone from a legal vendor, you will get a valid number. When buying from local vendors in the black market, be careful as they may be of cheap Chinese make and brand with a fake IMEI number.