How to track your lost Mobile Phone via IMEI number
It would not be less than a nightmare if anybody has their phone stolen or missed. The device with fully loaded private stuffs can invite many problems for the device holder. You would definitely not want to this happen at any cost. But anyway if this situation comes true for you then you may be interested to know the backup plan by which you can track your phone and get it back. If you cannot get it back then at least you can block the number to prevent the misuse of your identification. So, what is this backup plan, by which you can track your lost mobile phone via IMEI number. Let’s discuss about that.
Each phone has got a unique registration number which is commonly known as IMEI number. For Dual sim Phone there must be twice IMEI number. IMEI number is only for the device and is different from the IMSI number which is stored on a SIM card and is transferrable to any handset.
How to know your Mobile IMEI number?
The IMEI number can be found on the silver sticker on the back of your phone, under the battery pack, or on the box your phone came in. Now these days sellers also provide the IMEI numbers printed on the bill otherwise you can simply check by pressing *#06# you will get a IMEI number. It works for all kinds of mobile.
How IMEI help to find a lost Mobile Phone?
Through IMEI mobile phones are universally identified and thief cannot change the SIM card on a phone and expect to keep the phone.When a carrier knows that a device has been stolen, it can blacklist the IMEI code and lock it out of the network. Later on, it tells other cellular networks to do the same.
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What if you have missed IMEI no. and phone both
In case you have missed the phone, you have the option to get the IMEI no. from somewhere you have written it. If you have missed that also, then you can look out for your device’s box which you have got while buying it. Somewhere it is written on that box, so grab it from there.
Now the extreme missing! In case you have missed out the box too, then what? Well then you have to take the support of the itunes.
IMEI no. by itunes
- Go to itunes with the help of an external computer.
- Click to select the “Preferences”
- Now select “Devices” from that list.
- Select iphone backup from the options available. When you will select this, your IMEI number with other details about the phone will be displayed.
IMEI No. by AT&T account
- If you have AT&T account then you may get the IMEI no. from there.
- Log in to the account
- Select “My Profile” and the “Update My Profile”
- Now select User Information from the list.
- Select Customer service and support
- A message will pop up having an option as “Wireless Customer Agreement”. Click on it and then a pdf will begin to download. And boom! Here you have all the details of your purchase of phone along with IMEI number.
How to track your lost Mobile Phone via IMEI number
What to do with IMEI number
Take out your IMEI number which you have noted down somewhere other than the device itself. File a complaint against the missing or theft scenario that has happened. The complaint is to be submitted at the nearest police station of your residential area and not somewhere online. The copy of this FIR and IMEI number now is to be submitted to your network service provider. After this authentication of your identity your device will be blocked by sending it to register of “Blacklisted”. Even if the SIM has been changed if someone has found your phone, then also this effort will make the phone not usable at any cost for them, It will not even start.
The backstage process
After doing effort from your side of filing complaint to blocking it, there are many processes that happen to track your lost mobile phone via IMEI number.
Network Operator It is definite that after FIR the device will be blocked and nobody can use it, but it is not possible in every case to actually get it back to you. Only after an authenticated and legitimate submission of documents including Identity proof, address proof, FIR copy, IMEI number of the phone and other important phone details, the network provider will work through their complex systems to track the device and thus finding its actual location and status. Police has an important role to play in this. The more the situation is suspicious of a crime happening, the more it will force the network providers to speed up the process through their systems.
Google No! This time it is not the inbuilt service nor any dedicated app. Simply type “How to track your lost Mobile Phone via IMEI number” on Google and you will be presented with hundreds and thousands of the websites which are claiming to track your lost phone through the same i.e., IMEI number.
Others Some sites are also there as a public portal or public notice board. Say it charity or business, but they have the database of “lost and found mobile phones” (https://www.3gadgets.com/lost_gadget.php). One who has lost the phone has to go to their webpage and fill a form which covers all the details about the device and also if you are interested in giving prize money to attract the maximum possibility then most welcome!
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