How To Find A Stolen Phone?
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
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
- Have the invoice and the insurance copy of the mobile safe.
- Always install at least one of the anti-theft apps in your mobile.
- Setup a lock for your phone
- Keep a standard place for your mobile in your house or work.
- Do not place the mobile in a pocket of small size. There are chances for it to easily slip especially if you travel.
- Place the mobile in a location where you always have your sight.
- 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.