Update: Top 10 ways to track your stolen phone through its IMEI number and apps

Top 10s Natasha Garyali 21:15, 5 Aug 2013

Know Your Mobile India shows you top 10 ways in which you can track your stolen or lost mobile through apps and IMEI number

Update:

Dear Readers,

Google has recently introduced a app to locate and manage lost Android devices. The app named Android Device Manager will be rolled out by the end of August. However some of the users worldwide have spotted the app. You can check the availability of the app on your device by:

1.Going to Settings
2. Selecting Security section and then Device Administrators
3. If the service is available for your device, there will be a check box labeled Android Device Manager
4. If you can see the box, check the box and click the activate button
5. Once installed, the Android Device Manager function will show up as an option in the Settings menu under Security and Device Administrators

Make sure to install this app on your devices. If you don't see the app yet, don't worry that roll-out will be happening in phased manner and should reach you soon.

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The mobile theft in India has been on a rise and given the fact that more and more swanky phones are arriving in the market, these numbers are only bound to increase. Over the past few days we have had several of our readers ask us about ways in which they can track their stolen or lost phones.

First of the bat always remember to write your IMEI number ( more details below) and download apps that help you track your phone via either sending you pictures of the pick-pocketer or tracking your phone's GPS. It is also important to have a remote wiping facility so that your personal details don't fall into the wrong hands.

Know Your Mobile India bring you the best apps that increase your chances at finding your lost or stolen phone or tablet.

1. IMEI

Every smartphone has a unique IMEI number assigned to it and you can access it by dialing *#06#. Once your phone's 15-digit IMEI number is displayed, write it down and keep it safe for future reference. You can also retrieve the IMEI number by removing the battery. It is usually listed on a white sticker along with the phone's serial number.

When you lose your handset, you will need to launch a FIR with the police, attaching a copy of the IMEI number with it. Then give a copy of this to your service provider who can track the phone based on its unique ID number and meanwhile block the handset so that it cannot be used by anyone else. IMEI number helps to tracks the handset, even when the SIM is changed or the SIM card is not activated. Once the phone is traced, the police should be able to retrieve it.

2. Avast! mobile security

This free invisible security app brings twin security measures for your handset by providing - a mobile antivirus and mobile tracking/controls solution. What is great about the app is that its anti-theft component is invisible to thieves, and provides remote options (via web portal or SMS commands) for locating and recovering your phone. Time to say goodbye to 'lost' phones.

Download Avast! Free Mobile Security

3. Mobile chase-location tracker

This is another handy app to track your stolen or lost phone. This app checks when the pick-pocketer changes the SIM card and sends a a SMS in 5 minutes from the new SIM number to your number, which has been stored in the application. The SIM contains GPS location data or current location code to aid in trace.

Download Mobile Chase-Location Tracker

4. Thief tracker

This one is our favorite. With Thief tracker app, you get to catch the 'thief' red handed. Any unsuccessful attempt to unlock your mobile will trigger this app to snap a picture from front camera and send you an email without the user even knowing it. However the app has some limitations - like it does not wipe data and an unsuccessful attempt is considered only when 4 dots in the pattern are selected.

Download Thief Tracker

5. Smart look

This software also clicks the pictures of the 'thief' - in fact three of them and, immediately e-mails it to you. It also comes equipped with a GPS continuous tracking system which is linked to the google map and also assists in tracing your lost or stolen phone.

6. Anti- theft alaram

You will love this app. Simply activate the alarm and leave your phone on the table or wherever and if someone moves your phone an alarm will sound. The alarm will only stop after entering a PIN. Those with sticky fingers, beware!

Download Anti-theft Alarm

7. Kaspersky mobile security

Another popular app that provides anti-theft defense, allowing you to block, wipe or find your missing phone. You can also easily filter unwanted SMS texts and calls. Plus, Anti-Virus Lite with cloud-based security scanner alerts you to potentially malicious apps before they can harm your phone.

Download Kaspersky mobile security

8. Lookout security and antivirus

This free app houses a slew of features to protect and trace your phone. After downloading the app, you will be able to find your phone on a Google Map instantly from Lookout.com, sound a loud alarm or make your phone SCREAM to find it even if it’s on silent and automatically see your phone's last known location. That's not all, in addition this app provides remotely lock and date wipe out facility. It also offers a lookout premium coverage for a small monthly fee for more stringent security.

Download Lookout security and antivirus

9. Trend Micro mobile security & antivirus

Ranked as one of the top selling security app, Trend Micro mobile provides free antivirus with a premium version which includes privacy scanning, web and contact filtering, parental controls and anti-theft features. You can avail a 30 day free trial to test various features like:
--Privacy scanner warns you of apps that potentially steal your information
--Surf, Call, Text Security keeps you and your kids safe by avoiding unwanted contact and content
--Lost Device Protection includes anti-theft features that let you find, lock and wipe a missing device.

Download Trend Micro mobile security & antivirus

10. Plan B, Lookout mobile security

Well if plan A doesn't work, you don't need to fear, there is always Plan B. This 'find my phone' app is the only app that you can download even after you have lost your phone. Using 'Plan B' requires access to the Android Market website and your Google account. After you install it, Plan B will start locating your phone using cell towers and GPS. On some phones, Plan B can switch GPS on automatically. Your location will keep updating for 10 minutes, and you will get an email each time it is located, whether the phone is moving or standing still. Information is also sent via SMS.

Download Plan B, Lookout mobile security

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my laptop and my mobile was stolen recently..... i have go for FIR but i am not sured that can i got back. is any help can do u people the imei no of mobile is354457050803471 for any help u can give me call me at 9676241479

My mobile is Lost yesterday (20/5/2013). can you tell me whose people now used this Mobile. This mobile IMEI no is 359800040455865. If got any information please call me to this no 9933643164 or Email : biswas.sunam@yahoo.com

hey i have lost my micromax a60 can you tell me whose people now used this Mobile. This mobile IMEI no is 910556000550616 if got plz contact me on 9179312677

bravomayur@gmail.com

My previousy used sim has lost (9407309766) and some body has got
this sim and misusing it. Then I took the IMEI number of that phone
(the guy who is misusing the number). I am unable to locate the guy who
is misusing this. The IMEI number of this guy is 353662011265485. Is
there any possibilty to locate this guy or if there is any possibility
to locate any other sim or number that this guy is using. please help me
in regard this.

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Dear readers, we cannot help you find your mobile phones. Kindly report it to the police and contact your operators. We have provided a list of handy and useful apps above that can help you prevent future thefts and also protect your phone against loss.

My mobile was stolen recently, can you tell me who now used this Mobile. This mobile IMEI no is 359828040886914. If got any information please call me to this no +919614551103,+9199336668881 or Email : mr.biswajitdas2010@gmail.com

My mobile was stolen last week from my office. The IMEI no is 953743042183923
Can someone help me to know who used where ? For contacts vanglua@gmail.com

We can understand your concerns. You may visit www.ig2e.com and you can share your concerns/comments in the krishmusicrocks youtube channel. There is a forum we are creating for people affected by mobile phone thefts. Maybe we can find a solution for you and raise the issue at a higher level!

Nice tips... I am using AVG for this security purpose.

Thanks for sharing

One can also try this...http://justclickin.com/how-to-track-a...

Esther

please help me for track my mobile .because i've lost my mobile before yesterday. my mobile imei no. is following here 359800033207069. so please as soon as possible because its very urgent & important for me

all details about my mobile as soon as possible send me on my email id Neelam.04jain@gmail.com

someboby took my mobile....frndz contact me plz....help me........
my id shyam.ican@gmail.com....my p.no 9578858464

Lost my Apple Iphone IMEI no: 012428004006481 & serial no: 69041S6SA4S

my phone is missing the number was 9445797751

my phone is missing the number was 352941050467454 plz tell me ths email - theme.seo.india@gmail.com

My mobile is Lost yesterday (24/6/2013). can you tell me whose people now used this Mobile. This mobile IMEI no is 354905055057691 If got any information please call me to this no 8010082463 or Email : cmchandmuhammad@gmail.com

i have lost my cell today my IMEI NO.356150054971141, 35620154971142 .. PLZZ HELP ME .. my contact no .. 08103399784. the person who help me i will a rs 2000 -/- as a reward

police station mein jaake complaint bol aur jo puchenge woh bol imei no de aur tera ya tere maa baap ka no de agar phone mila toh contact karneke liye mera bhi phone htc 8s kal chori hoova

police complaint kar

agar aapka phone kho gaya hoga toh immediately police complaint karo details do imei aur koi working phone agar police ko aapka phone cyber crime unit se track hokar mila toh aapko contact karne ke liye.chor sabse pahile sim card fek deta hai aur switch off karta hai agar phone chor ne chalu kiya toh police imei no se phone ka location track kar sakte hai phone chori hote phone lock mat karu kyu ki woh phone chor ke kaam ka nhi hoga aur woh fek dega jab woh phone kisi ko bechaga tab kharidne wala phone jarur chalu karega aur bingo aako apka phone tracking se mil jayega

police complaint kar na khajur tera phone agar chalu hoga toh mil jayega mera mobile bhi chori ko gaya he saala chor phone chalu nhi kar rha he nahitoh 1 jhatke me mil jayega police walo ke madat se

police complaint karo

police complaint kar

abe tu kya rishwat de rha he kya agar mila toh paise mat de tu bhi kya yaad rakhega

What if the phone was formatted to factory reset.

first block the sim and get the sim from your provider with same mobile number.

Hi, I lost my phone last night. Called customer care and blocked the sim. Is there anyway to find my mobile with IMEI number # 353020050745703

Abey Jhandu Modern technology ka zamana hai jo aaj kal chor bhi use karte hai. Ek Flash mare ga sab IMEI aur data gayab ho jayega

kaise re mujhe koi evidence bata naa bolne ke liye koi bhi kuch bhi bol sakta haii.........

Voh sahi bol rha hai.
Log kehte hain ki yeh upar diye gaye jhandu softwares use karo aur agar phone chori hua to ap use track kar sakte ho. But it is false and can be bypassed EASILY. Koi bhi agar phone ko churayega to pehle sim nikal kar phone ko recovery me boot karke Hard Reset kar dega. Bas, kayeka Avast or kayeka Anti-theft?
Although IMEI can not be resetted or changed. But kewal IMEI number ka kya achar daloge?

Wondering the same thing.

neela have u got any detail of ur stolen phone

Bhai IMEI no se hi chori ka phone track hota h jaise he naya sim dala na imei aur sim card ka company k hlp se phone trach hota h par aaj ka technology k wajah se imei no bhi nikal sakte h mere htc 8s ka yehi hoova h

my samsung galaxy duos was stolen day befor yesterday (10/10/2013) the imei num is 354961051973928 and the sim in that has number 8686166561 if u could help me find that mail me to anu29292@gmail.com or call me to 9494825941 plz..

This....

Once the phone gets reset to factory state then none of the apps are going to work.

There is a minor grammatical error.

Notice in the 5th entry you have written "Smart Look" when it should be "Smart Lock"

My mobile is Lost yesterday (20/5/2013)can you tell me whose people now used this Mobile. This mobile IMEI no is 358631045551736 If got any information please call me to this no 9819512773

somebody had stolen my samsung galaxy grand imei no is 355886050411670 can you guys plz track it down.. for any contact +917308641346.. manipur. imphal

My mobile is Lost yesterday (29/11/2013). can you tell me whose people now used this Mobile. This mobile IMEI no is 911239258896762. If got any information please call me to this no 09810313833 or Email : mysudhirthakur@gmail.com

My Nexus 5 was stolen last night with a lot of my personal details on it imei number 358240053239562...any help very gratefully recieved i will pay money to find it's location brian.morgan.01@hotmail.co.uk

mera mobile chori hua hai

sumsung glaxi s2

mujhe imei no band karwana hai *354016/05/733206/4*

Hi, please track my mobile which having IEMI No is :- 862704021121409. And contact me on the 9741962013, 9972364486. I am ready to pay whatever your expenses. kindly help me please.

Hi, I lost my phone ON 27 OCT 2013, on the same day, when I purchased it, and then Called customer care and blocked the sim. Is there anyway to find my
mobile with IMEI number 860916024079077 & 8609160240790 (IDEA DEVICE-> MODEL -> AURUS III Android )...Contact me at "palashgupta27@yahoo.com"

If it is Android 2.3 or below, then there is a way.. you can use an App called "Plan B".. If it is 4.0 or above, then no.

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hi i lose my Samsung ace phone Sunday evening i have no imei number plsssssssssssssss help me

i have lost my cell on 21/04/2014 my IMEI NO.358662052449266. PLZZ HELP ME .. my contact no .. 08890902351 and email adress csvinay.saxena@gmail.com

100 number pa miss call do

agr wo phon chalu krta h to kya krna padega
mera b mobile cori ho gaya h

hi i have lost my mobile htc one v 353115056894719 ilast week please let me know how to track my cell and if i need all my contect no how will i get it plz help me
thx

lost my phone put on block list found it tried to get off blacklist by carrier they said someone else did it-not true how do i find out what carrier put my phone on blacklist

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