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How To Find A Stolen Phone?

Updated on August 22, 2013

Don't Panic

Do not panic when you don't find your mobile. It will arrest your thinking capacity. It might be misplaced somewhere. Make a call from another phone repeatedly and check if there is a ring.

If you do not find any other phone at your place, then call from internet.

Immediate Steps to Be Taken

It is often difficult to trace the mobile once it is lost, if you do not have its IMEI number or any other reference. However you can try these following steps for tracking the mobile

Step 1:

Using your computer, change the online passwords for your bank accounts, and for your social networking sites as well where you disclose any personal information (especially if you had enabled auto-log in your mobile)

Step 2:

Block the sim by calling your service provider and apply for its duplicate. Do this straight away when you are sure your mobile is lost and you need to take extra care if it is a postpaid sim. Contact from where you got the mobile and get the duplicate copy of the invoice if you do not have it.

What Is a Subpoena?

Subpoena is a writ by government which allows the disclose of information in case the evidence is produced against it.

Step 3:

File a FIR in the nearby police station immediately regarding the lost mobile. There is definitely a good chance that your mobile is tracked. You can use this FIR report, if you have insurance for your mobile. You can then inform the service provider, the IMEI number of the mobile (if you have got subpoena from the police). If the operator has EIR (Equipment Identity Register), then the IMEI number of your phone will be sent to CEIR (Central Equipment Identity Register) which contains a list of blacklisted mobiles,making it impossible for the mobile to be used again with any service provider.

Step 4:

Add the IMEI number of the mobile to http://imeidetective.com/ and any other popular databases. The customers, before they buy the second hand mobile may try looking up at the database and if they find it there, then they may take necessary steps, if they know the risk involved in it.

Step 5:

Install Plan B app in your mobile from computer. Immediately you will get a mail regarding the location of the phone. Text the word “locate” from any mobile to the stolen one after few min. The location will again be tracked and mailed to you. If you do not have lookout app already installed in your mobile, this will be very useful.

How to Get the Imei Number?

IMEI is a 15 digit unique identity number for a phone. The IMEI number has to be noted and kept safely. It can be seen by typing *#06# from your mobile. You can also view the number by removing the battery from the mobile.

Track Your Samsung Mobile

If the mobile is Samsung Wave or Galaxy S or Galaxy S II, then you can find your mobile by using Samsung mobile tracker. You just need to sign up and active the mobile tracker here http://www.samsungdive.com/ Then you will be able to access the tracker through the website.

Many other Samsung mobiles also have tracking facility where you can enter the phone numbers of two of your friends or even more. This is available in basic Samsung mobile devices as well. You must always keep the feature turned on and if the sim is changed in the stolen phone, then immediately there will be a text message to your friends furnishing the details of the new sim.

Apps to Track the Stolen Phone

It is always safe to install at least one of the following applications in your mobile as they will come handy if the mobile goes missing.

Find My Iphone

If you lose an iphone, you can mark the location of the mobile, if you had enabled Find My Iphone. Then you must log in to your icloud account using another IOS device where you will have options to lock phone or erase data from your phone or even sound alarm. When you click the location pointed by a blue dot in the phone, you will also have a facility to send message to the person viewing it to give back your mobile. You can type in the passcode twice and lock the phone or you can just wipe the entire data and restore it when you get back the phone.

LOOKOUT

This is one of the most preferred apps in android. If you install this app, the location of the stolen mobile can be traced and it can sound an alarm even in silent mode of the phone. The picture of the person will be mailed to you if the person enters the wrong pass code for three times. The front camera will be switched on and the photo will be taken without the notice of the person handling it.

F-SECURE

This app is supported in Android, Windows as well as Symbian S60 operating systems. You can take control of the lost phone and lock your phone or delete all personal data. There is also options available for turning alarm on and locating the phone using the GPS tracking facility.

McAfee

This app comes with many features but concerning with mobile theft, it can lock data in your mobile as well as in SD card. It can prevent others from uninstalling certain software from your device which will be very helpful for you to trace the lost mobile.

BULLGUARD

The mobile data can be kept secure and it can be accessed from any other device. The online backup gives you around 10 GB of storage place. The data can be transferred from your phone to the server of bullguard and it supports migration in all platforms. The web access is also a part of the app which enables to edit the mobile items from any device.

Tips to Keep Mobile Safe and Prevent Theft

  1. Have the invoice and the insurance copy of the mobile safe.
  2. Always install at least one of the anti-theft apps in your mobile.
  3. Setup a lock for your phone
  4. Keep a standard place for your mobile in your house or work.
  5. Do not place the mobile in a pocket of small size. There are chances for it to easily slip especially if you travel.
  6. Place the mobile in a location where you always have your sight.
  7. Texting and driving has to be avoided as the mobile can easily slip through your hands. Moreover, there is also a large risk factor involved in it.

With advancements in technology in the upcoming years, the GPS tracker will become more accurate and the mobile theft will be completely eradicated.

You can have your phone safe and secure.

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      Seshagopalan Murali 2 years ago from Chennai, Tamil Nadu

      Check your bill . It will be given

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      KARPAGAM 2 years ago

      I LOST MY MOBILE PHONE HOW TO FIND MY IMEI NUMBER

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      Seshagopalan Murali 3 years ago from Chennai, Tamil Nadu

      If you had not installed any of the safety applications, give a compaint asap

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      M BALAN 3 years ago

      Sir, My mobile has been stolen on 3rd Nov 2014 in MTC bus travelling from velacherry to Koembedu bus terminus

      I hereby request you to trace my mobile. Please help me.

      My mobile details are under,

      Phone Model: GT-S7392 (Samsung Galaxy Trend)

      Make: Samsung Electronics India PVT Ltd/ September 2013

      IMEI No: SIM 1 - 358870052696337

      SIM 2 - 358870052696335

      Last used No: 9840323383

      E-mail for communication: gwrbalan@gmail.com

      Missed Date: 03.11.2014

      Regards,

      M. Balan

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      Rahul Yadav 3 years ago

      Sir, My mobile has been stolen on 26th July 2014 around 7:30pm at platform of Kurla station Mumbai.

      I hereby request you to trace my mobile. Please help me.

      My mobile details are as under,

      Samsung GT-N7000

      Color-ceramic white

      IMEI No:359616/04/941868/4

      My contact details:

      Mr: Rahul Yadav

      9820469996

      Alternate contact no:

      Amol Yadav 9967798006

      Email Id: rahulyadavlic@gmail.com

      Thank You

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      Seshagopalan Murali 3 years ago from Chennai, Tamil Nadu

      It is difficult to track a phone in airplane mode. However not impossible. The phone will keep receiving 20% of radio signals even though it is in airplane mode.

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      Sam.. 3 years ago

      does it possible to track phn in flight mode....

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      Seshagopalan Murali 3 years ago from Chennai, Tamil Nadu

      lodge complaint asap and follow the above steps mahela

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      Mahela De Silva 3 years ago

      Hello, My lumia 720 was stolen yesterday , can anybody please help me find it.. after few minutes it was switched off ..

      imei- 357297050216598

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      Seshagopalan Murali 3 years ago from Chennai, Tamil Nadu

      To all: The police can definitely trace your mobile with IMEI. But since lots and lots of phone theft cases, it is becoming difficult for them to trace every mobile.

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      laser 3 years ago

      These folks can help you track your lost or stolen Iphone if you still have IMEI: https://www.facebook.com/Iphonetrace or http://www.iphonetrace.com/

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      Seshagopalan Murali 3 years ago from Chennai, Tamil Nadu

      @raju: I understand . If the mobile is new claim for insurance. @elvin: you can give complaint to the nearby police station

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      elvin 3 years ago

      my mobil phone was stolen imei number

      356633057378208

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      raju 3 years ago

      plz zz help me sir i have lost my phones in lost month on date dec 20..i don't have any apps for trce in my phone......Iam complaint to but no reaction..wt i do right now sir...plzzzz help me sir m begging

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      Seshagopalan Murali 3 years ago from Chennai, Tamil Nadu

      As I had said earlier follow the above instructions. You will get it don worry

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      Tklal nayak 3 years ago

      sir,i have lost my mobile on date 05/10/2013.so i request you to trace my mobile.please help me.my mobile details are given below

      Mobile company-nokia

      model number-1112 D.Blue

      IMEI number-351870018723941

      my contact details-9973811473

      Email id-kumarhimanshu736@gmail.com

    • Seshagopalan profile image
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      Seshagopalan Murali 3 years ago from Chennai, Tamil Nadu

      Read the above suggestions. It would be helpful for you

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      Riahi Kapoor 3 years ago

      My mobile was lost on date 20/12/2013 . My two sim card ( Vodafone Maharashtra- 8412059336 & Reliance Delhi- 8010207584) & one 16 GB memory card inside in my mobile on that time. So i request for you please help me for track my mobile. I will thank for you. My mobile detail is as below.

      Mobile Name & Model- MicromaxCanvas2 A110

      Mobile Sr. No. -V00776130140061813

      IMEI No.- M_IMEI – 911239256649486

      S_IMEI – 911239256853484

      My contact detail:-

      Mob NO.-+919158270984

      Email- rishi.kapoorg@yahoo.com

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      Seshagopalan Murali 3 years ago from Chennai, Tamil Nadu

      That would definitely be useful Tracy. Thanks for sharing that

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      Tracy Huttkins 3 years ago from Boston, Massachusetts

      If you never enabled Find My Iphone and want to try to track your iphone using IMEI number this site can do that: http://www.iphonetrace.com/

      Only works with iphones though

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      Seshagopalan Murali 3 years ago from Chennai, Tamil Nadu

      Install the apps via computer so that there are chances for the mobile to get traced when it comes online. I can't assure but there are definite chances. Be careful to install these apps immediately when you get the next mobile.

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      Abhishek yadav 4 years ago

      sir i have lost my mobile....

      Samsung galaxy young duos.....

      model no.. GT-S6102

      i even filed a FIR but i don't think the police would help me out..

      can you please.......

      IMEI No..:-354961052509002 ,

      and 354962052509000.....

      i have a last hope with you... please help me...............

      my contact no.....9504087158

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      kavikumaran 4 years ago

      I lost my sony xperia miro android mobile. how could i find my mobile using IMEI number ? I gave complaint in police station but they didn't taken my complaint. So please provide a useful information as, how to find my mobile. My mail id is (kumaran4894@gmail.com)

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      Seshagopalan Murali 4 years ago from Chennai, Tamil Nadu

      File FIR immediately. Install the above mentioned apps through your computer to your device. Whenever your mobile gets internet access, it will get installed and give you notification in your mail. Keep trying. From now on install these apps once you buy mobile.

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      Yaswanth 4 years ago

      NAME:G.Surya Rao

      ADDRESS:ponduru,srikakulam(dist),Andhrapradesh

      Phone model:Samsung duos S5302

      make:09/01/2013

      last used no:8985922153

      Gmail Id:yaswanthrgukt123@gmail.com,chiranjevimadugula@gmail.com

      Missed Date:27/11/2013 afternoon 2 pm.

      IMEI NO:354338054487893

      gud evng sir could u please find out my mobile

      sir...please and tell me the ways to find out mobile number by using

      IMEI NUMBER Sir,send t my gmail yaswanthrgukt123@gmail.com sir,

      Thank u Sir

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      Seshagopalan Murali 4 years ago from Chennai, Tamil Nadu

      Thank you arinfo :) The idea to write this hub dawned upon me after my close friend lost his mobile while driving the vehicle.

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      Arun 4 years ago from India

      This hub is really informative.

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      Seshagopalan Murali 4 years ago from Chennai, Tamil Nadu

      Welcome chadwiki. Thank you for your kind feedback.

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      Chad Davis 4 years ago

      Very interesting article, thank you!

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      Seshagopalan Murali 4 years ago from Chennai, Tamil Nadu

      Coool :) :) Sweet of her

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      ptosis 4 years ago from Arizona

      I lost my phone somewhere on the road and a little girl found it. I kept calling my phone and I got it back toot sweet. :):):):) I was very grateful and gave a flashlight as a reward.

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      Seshagopalan Murali 4 years ago from Chennai, Tamil Nadu

      You are welcome Mel Carriere. Have a safe phone.

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      Mel Carriere 4 years ago from San Diego California

      Great information. Since I finally just got a halfway decent phone I am sensitive about this subject now. I think I will try that find my Iphone app right away. Thank you.

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      Seshagopalan Murali 4 years ago from Chennai, Tamil Nadu

      Thank you moviesreviews for your kind feedback. Instead of reverting back after losing phone, you could take a small step now and make your phone safe. That will make a change.

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      Billy Taylor 4 years ago from NY

      A great hub with some very useful information. I will keep this mind and revert back to it if I happen to lose my Android phone.