I am sure you know someone who has had their phone stolen or lost at least once in their life. Maybe this happened to you too. The first thing you ask yourself is what to do in case your phone is lost or stolen? So today we will share with you a few tips on how to try to find a lost or stolen phone, or at least make it useless for the finder.
The moment a person realizes that he does not have a phone, he panics. Then he starts thinking about his contacts, messages, photos and whether there are any saved somewhere on the cloud.
The first thing everyone does when their phone is gone is to call their number from another phone in hopes of finding an honest finder who will return the phone. But such lucky people are rare. Mostly we hear that familiar sentence “Invited user is currently unavailable”. Let’s find out what you need to do to find your phone and prevent situations like this.
Find a lost or stolen phone using Google
The first thing everyone does when they buy or receive a phone is configure and create or sign in to a Google account. With this, you have taken the first step to help you find a lost or stolen phone, even though you are not even aware of it at the time.
When you realize your phone is lost or stolen, sit down for any other device, sign in to your Google Account, and access Google’s free Find-my-Device tool. If you’re signed in to a Google Account across multiple devices, Google will show you a list of all those devices, and you’ll be able to choose the one you’re looking for.
When you select the device you are looking for, Google will show you different options. With the first option, you will be able to locate your phone by playing a sound on your phone for five minutes. This works even when the sound is muted on the phone!
Another option is to protect your device, that is, to lock it and log out of your Google account. Once you have protected your device, you will still be able to locate it using the first option. You can also select the phone number of one of your family members or friends and a message will appear on the screen for the finder to call that number and return the phone.
When you are aware that you will not be able to find your phone, access the third option, delete all content from the phone and you will no longer be able to find it. This prevents the finder from using the phone in any way.
All this requires that the phone is still logged in to a Google account, ie that it has access to the Internet. If you want to further protect your account, Google has a solution for that as well.
With Google, you can protect your passwords from hackers, enable multi-step verification, but also protect yourself from suspicious messages and content. More detailed information and frequently asked questions can be found at this link.
Find a lost or stolen phone by IMEI number
IMEI is an abbreviation for International Mobile station Equipment Identity number which contains 15 digits and is assigned to each mobile phone. This number is unique and you can view it as a JMBG phone. It is used for satellite tracking and theft prevention.
You can find the IMEI number in the box of your phone or in the settings. If your phone does not have this number, it means that it is a forgery.
At the following link, you can check the status of your phone or report it lost or stolen. This service is not free at the moment, but I believe it is worth the money if you manage to find your phone.
Find a lost or stolen phone with the help of the manufacturer’s account
Some mobile phone manufacturers have their own accounts that you need to log in to over the phone.
If you have a Samsung phone, access your Samsung account and log in to it. Through the account, all your devices through which you are logged in will be displayed on the phone screen, and you will select the one you are looking for. Then the options will appear on the screen.
As in the previous case, there are options to locate your device, have the device ring even though its sound is muted, and delete the account. However, there are additional options via the Samsung account. You can set the phone to “emergency mood”, to turn on the “battery saver” as well as to unlock or lock the screen.
You can also find your Xiaomi phone on the Mi cloud using the manufacturer’s account. When you log in, you need to select the required device and select the desired options that are similar to those of other manufacturers.
Find a lost or stolen phone using the app
If you want to find your phone using the app we have to mention is “Find my Device” made by Google and has the same options as when searching for a phone using a Google account.
If you are an iPhone user, there is an application “Find my iPhone” that you need to install on your device and log in using your Apple ID account. Then, as in the previous cases, there is a list of options.
The first is to locate your device, and next to this application shows how far you are from it. Then follow the options for the device to ring, as well as to delete data from it. All additional information about the application and how to install it on your iPhone can be found at the following link.
In addition to these, there are numerous applications with which you can find your phone. You can find these apps in the Google Store. Some apps work in a similar way to the Google app. In others, the phone can be found by voice or clapping hands.
The following is a list of top-ranked apps from the Google Store that help you find your device:
- Whistle Phone Finder
- Find my phone: whistle PRO smart finder
- Find my phone: clap PRO
- Find my phone by whistle & by clap
- Find my Lost Phone
- Mobile tracker free locate
For the end
Whichever option you choose, we hope you can find your phone. It would be best to combine some of the offered solutions as this increases the likelihood of finding your phone.
Mostly those who once run out of a phone, and can’t find it, make an effort to get extra protection on their new phone and install some of the apps. But don’t be one of them, but follow the old “Prevention is better than cure” and protect your phone in time.
We want you to never find yourself in a situation where you have to look for your phone, but if that unfortunately happens we hope our tips will help you.