How to track your lost Mobile Phone via IMEI number
It’s a nightmare to lose or miss once mobile phone as it contains a lot of personal information; nothing can be scarier than the misuse of once identification.
What if this happens? You should have a backup plan to tack your cell phone right? If you can’t get your phone back, you can at least prevent the misuse by blocking the number. Read on to know how you can track your lost mobile phone via IMEI number.
- IMEI number is the unique 15 digit registration number.
- Each phone has a different IMEI number.
- This number is associated with the mobile phone and not with the SIM.
- Dual SIM phone has two IMEI numbers. (One each for both the SIM slot).
- This number is different from the IMSI number. (IMSI number is saved on SIM card and can be transferred to any handset).
How to know your Mobile IMEI number?
Below mentioned steps work for all the types of mobile phones.
- IMEI number can be found on the silver sticker. (On the backside of your phone or under the battery pack, or on the box your phone came in).
- You can also find the IMEI number printed on the bill.
- You can also know the number by pressing “*#06#” on phone’s call screen.
- Another method to find the IMEI number is by opening “settings” option; click on “about phone”. IMEI code will be displayed there.
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How IMEI helps in finding a lost mobile phone?
- Stealer cannot expect to keep the phone by changing the SIM card of the phone.
- When a carrier knows that the phone 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.
What if you have missed both IMEI number and phone?
- In case of your phone being stolen, you can have the option to get IMEI number from somewhere you have written it.
- If not, then you can find the number on the bill or the device box.
- If you have misplaced the bill and the device box, then take the support of the iTunes.
Steps to get IMEI number by iTunes:
- With the help of an external PC, go to iTunes.
- Select the “Preferences” option by clicking on it.
- Select “Devices”.
- From the option available, select “iPhone backup”.
- IMEI number along with other details will be displayed.
IMEI number by AT&T account:
You can get IMEI number from AT&T account. Read on to know the steps.
- Sign in to the account.
- Select “My profile” and then click on “Update my profile”.
- From the list, select “User information”
- Select “Customer service and support”.
- A pop-up message having an option “Wireless customer agreement” appears.
- Click on “Wireless customer agreement” option. A PDF will begin to download.
- PDF contains all the details of the purchase of phone along with IMEI number.
How to track your lost mobile phone via IMEI number?
You must be thinking how can I find the lost handset using IMEI number, right? To get the answer read the below-mentioned points.
- Note down the IMEI number.
- File a complaint against the missing scene in the nearest police station in your residential area. (You cannot do it online).
- Copy of the FIR lodged and the IMEI number has to be submitted to your network service provider.
- After authenticating your identity, your device will be blocked by sending it to register of “Blacklisted”.
- Once this process is done, the phone stops working; even if the SIM card is been changed.
After the complaint is lodged, there are many processes that happen to track the lost mobile phone via IMEI number.
- After FIR being lodged, the device gets blocked and no one can use it.
- After submitting documents like identity proof, address proof, the copy of FIR, IMEI number of the lost phone and other details of the phone; the network service provider will work on the complex process of tracking the device.
- Police play an important role too.
- But it is not possible to get the device back in every case.
Hope the above-mentioned information helps you in finding your missing phone or at least helps in preventing the misuse of once personal information or identity.