Handheld devices have become an essential part of our lives. They help us connect with our friends and family, help us organize our personal information, gain quick access to all relevant data, browse and find additional information on the web and assist in innumerable other things. Their importance has significantly grown, making us heavily dependent on them. Thus, if you happen lose your phone or if it’s stolen, it can become extremely difficult for you maintain privacy of the personal information on the device.
You would need the IMEI number of the device to track its whereabouts with additional help from the authorities. So follow the below-mentioned steps to find your phone’s IMEI number even if it’s already stolen.
How to Find the IMEI Number of a Lost or Stolen Android Device
When an Android device is stolen, the owner has some significant control over the device to shut it down or block its SIM, also to track its whereabouts in some cases. Third party applications available in the Play Store provide enough information to track and monitor the device regardless of its location and accessibility.
To find the IMEI of your device, you won’t need any third party apps as Google itself stores all such relevant information for you. The Google dashboard has always been a universal control center for all things related to Google. It also stores your device information along with OS and App details. Follow the below-mentioned steps to access your Android device information.
- Go to Google Dashboard and login with your Gmail account that was connected to your Android device.
- You will find a tab called Android once you have logged in. Click on it to open an expanded window containing the list of all the devices that you had ever connected with your Google account.
The information listed on the dashboard contains the IMEI number, phone model, phone manufacturer, SIM network, Last active session, and the registration date.
All this information is enough to help you track down your lost device with some additional help from authorities, depending on the laws in your country.
Interestingly, the Android sub dashboard has the “manage my device” option just at its top right corner. You can pinpoint the location of your device up to possible accuracy, send a ring on the device or lock and erase all information in it. This feature can be of great help for you to gain access to or protect the private information on your device even if it’s lost or stolen.
How to Find IMEI Number of a Lost or Stolen iPhone
Like Android, iOS also stores important information about your devices. Moreover, you won’t need any web service to find your device information. It’s all there in your iTunes. Follow the below-mentioned steps to locate your iPhone when it’s lost or stolen.
- Open iTunes
- Go to Preference > Devices
- Select iPhone Backup, and you will get a popup that displays your iPhone information with IMEI number.
If you own a feature phone, there is hardly any way to find your device information except on the back of the phone cover.
To maintain security and privacy even when you lose your device, use some awesome apps that can be greatly helpful in locating and retrieving your phone when it’s lost or stolen. These apps often do not require any additional help from authorities and are independent of country laws. They use GPS tracking and other techniques to locate the exact position of your device.
Most of these apps are free to use, but some may charge you for additional services. Except for these, there is no way to track and get back your device once it has gone out of your hands. Although local authorities may be able to help, but that again is an extremely lengthy process that requires a lot of paperwork. It is always better to store important device specific information the moment you buy a new phone.
In times of need, this information can help you track the whereabouts of your phone, and possibly gain access to it.