Mobile phones has become like a life companion in this modern era of technology. The purpose of using mobile phone has went far beyond the initial call making and now almost in all our day to day activities, the use of mobile phones get involved especially the smartphones to be precise.
What happened when you lost your precious smartphone device? Is that all? Does that mean you have lost everything, all those, videos, photos, credentials, documentsand the phone itself are gone?
The answer is a big NO.
They are several ways for you to get you phone back at very good chance depending to the extend of method you used to track it.
In this post we are going to discuss on three methods you can use to track your smartphone depending on its operating system.
1. Google, Apple and Microsoft utilities.
For Android phones (and tablets, for that matter), Google created a Find My Device utility (google.com/android/find). If your phone is connected to the Internet and the thief has not logged out of your account yet, this tool can help you track the phone. Additionally, you can remotely wipe all the data from your phone or trigger a sound alarm. You have to act fast though, before the perpetrator get the opportunity to log out of your account.
While for iOS devices
Apple has also thought of those people who misplaced their phones. Their utility is called ‘Find My IPhone’. With it, you can lock your phone and track its location, as well as erase all the data remotely. Even if your phone has been switched off, any of these actions will work as soon as it is turned back on.
You can also tick the box that says Notify Me When Found to receive a notification for when you phone has been switched back on again. As with the Android devices, it will only work if your iCloud account is still active on your phone.
In the case of Microsoft Windows phones
Microsoft has a similar system in place to find your lost phone. It has the same requirements and functions as the Android and iOS ones do. Follow this link (account.microsoft.com/devices) to track, lock and/or erase your Windows phone.
2. IMEI phone number tracker
IMEI, or International Mobile Equipment Identity, is a unique number, which is assigned to every phone. With its help, it is possible to differentiate between two visually identical phones. If your phone was stolen, you need to know this number in order to give it to the police.
IMEI number of smartphones are usually attached to a new phone box, on the phone (in the battery compartment), and “on the phone” (by dialing *#06#). Make sure you properly note the IMEI number of your phone beforehand or this method will be useless to you. Even though this method is unarguebly the best.
tracking a device using IMEI number usually involves the use of sophisticated hardware which is mostly used by the police or any other law enforcement agencies.
3. Tracking and Monitoring Apps
They are alot of handy apps that can actually helps in recovering missing or stolen phones. but they can only be helpful if pre-installed before the phone get missing.
These monitoring and tracking apps have many features, with it you can get exact map and satellite image location of where your smartphone is/has been, remotely ring out your device even if it is on silent, the ring out feature is mostly very useful if you miss your phone suddenly in a house or amongst the midst of people where one is sure of the phone is definitely within the place. With Monitoring Apps, you can remotely lock your phone with a new password or security code and display a recovery message (or contact information) on the display.
Some smartphones like Samsung devices have pre-installed this feature in it. You can download the any of the Apps below if you phone don’t have such features.
- Prey Anti Theft
- Android Lost App
- Lockout mobile security