How to find your lost phone using IMEI number
You can definitely find your lost phone even without a SIM card, internet access, and GPS location. Though it seems difficult, it is not impossible to find your lost mobile using the IMEI number.
You can find the IMEI number of your lost phone through the box in which the handset was packed. Check for the sticker pasted on the box that has product information on it such as the model number and serial number. Above the bar code, the 15 digit number is the IMEI number.
Once you get to know the IMEI number of your stolen phone, it is easy to track it for free using an IMEI phone tracker app that you can download from the Google Play store. Apart from this, you can contact the police and provide them with your phone’s IMEI number so that they can track your lost phone.
- What is the IMEI number?
IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) is a 15 digit unique number that is found in every phone. This number is an identity certificate for your phone and cannot be changed. Whenever you buy a new phone, you can check the IMEI on the box or inside the Settings functionality. It is very important and useful to note down and keep this number safe as it could be used in the future if your phone ever gets lost or misplaced.
- How do police track IMEI numbers?
Every phone has a specific 15-digit number known as the IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) number. This number can be used by the police to locate your lost or misplaced cell phone. Even with a different SIM, the moment a call is made, the IMEI number helps police to track your phone to the exact or nearby cell phone tower.
- Can thieves change the IMEI number?
Yes, thieves can change the IMEI number of the stolen mobiles using a device known as a ‘flasher’. It is a small technologically advanced device that helps connect the handset to a computer and allows the user to modify the IMEI number. Once the IMEI number is modified, it is pretty much impossible to locate the lost cell phone.
- Can IMEI be unblocked?
After blocking your IMEI number, it will be blacklisted thus forbidding you to use your mobile from that instant. Basically, the device is blocked for protective purposes such as due to theft incidents. Once the purpose is solved, one can legally unblock the blacklisted IMEI number.
- How do you locate a lost cell phone that is turned off?
You can locate a lost mobile phone that is turned off through Google Location History, which is now called ‘Timeline! Moreover, the phone needs to be connected with your Google account and should have been connected to internet before it turned off.
- Can I find my iPhone if its offline?
If your phone’s battery is dead or data is turned off, you can still find it. The Bluetooth location feature in your iPhone will help you locate it, as long as it is not switched off.
- How can I track my phone location history?
Follow the steps below:
On your smartphone, go to ‘Timeline’
Go to Settings > Location History
Now choose ‘Enable Location History’ or ‘Pause Location History
- How can I block my lost mobile phone?
Go to android.com/find and sign in to your Google Account
The lost phone will get a notification
On the Google map, you will get the location of your phone
Choose what you want to do. If needed, first click Enable lock & erase