Have you ever lost your phone through an honest mistake or maybe to theft? If you are reading this, it means you fall among one of the above categories and you are looking for a quick way to find your lost android phone.
It only takes a few seconds. You leave your phone on a counter in the store and walk away, or someone bumps into you on the street and takes your phone right out of your pocket or bag without you even noticing.
Luckily for us, there are two possible ways to find your lost android phone. The first is through Google’s android finder tools or with your phones IMEI.
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In this post, I’m going to show you how to find your lost android phone using any of the above-mentioned methods.
Using google’s method to find your lost android phone
Any option you choose uses the same method to track your phone. And It’s very simple.
Unfortunately, to use Find My Device, your lost device must:
- Be turned on.
- Signed in to a Google Account.
- Have connected to mobile data or Wi-Fi.
- Should be visible on Google Play.
- Have your location turned on.
- Have the “Find My Device” app turned on.
Now log in with your Google account. If you have more than one device, click the lost device at the top of the screen.
If your lost phone has more than one profile, sign in with a Google Account, that is the phones main profile.
It will then display a map showing the approximate location but if your phone can’t be found, you’ll see its last known location, if available.
There are 3 things you can do if your device was found:
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Rings your device at full volume for 5 minutes. Even if your phone is in silent or vibrate mode, as long as it has an active internet connection it will ring it.
This locks your phone with your PIN, pattern, or password. If you don’t have a lock, you can set one. You can also add a message or phone number to the lock screen to help someone track you to return the phone to you.
With this, you can permanently delete all the data on your device memory (but it might not delete data on the SD card).
After you erase, Find My Device won’t work on the device anymore.
If you luckily find your phone after erasing, you’ll likely need your Google Account password to use it again.
Using the IMEI method to find your lost android phone
So what is IMEI?
IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) is a unique number used by GSM networks to identify any mobile phone and can also stop a stolen phone from accessing the network.
Each time you make a call, browse the internet or even put a sim into your phone, your phone sends the IMEI to the network provider. The Network provider then checks if it was reported stolen. If not it continues its normal activity.
There are many services online you can use to trace your phone using the IMEI. You can also ask your network provider to help you locate the phone.
To block it, simply ask your network provider to block the phone for you, as long as you provide them with the IMEI number of the phone. If your network provider supports it, they will deactivate the phone, making it useless to the thief who can now only use it for parts.
You can find your IMEI number at the battery area of the phone or by dialing *#06#, or in the “about phone” section in your settings.
The Google method isn’t always the best, as it requires an active internet connection to work.
On the other hand, the IMEI method is more recommended as you can permanently render the phone useless and also trace the phone, as long as you know the IMEI number.
Mind you, this doesn’t mean it is perfect because there are people with the right tools to change your IMEI and if changed you lose control over the phone forever.
So act quickly to avoid unnecessary regrets.
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