IS YOUR PHONE STOLEN? WHAT IS THE ESSENCE OF IMEI NUMBER

recover stolen phone methodsThis is an interesting article written by a friend. Two months back, my friend’s mobile is stolen by someone.

He lost his Nokia N8.  He didn’t know the IMEI number, the mobile is untraceable.  So i am here to share the information about the IMEI.

What is IMEI Number?

IMEI stands for International Mobile Equipment Identity Number. It is 15 digit unique number of Cell Phone.

Usually the IMEI is number printed in the battery compartment.  You can display the IMEI number by pressing *#06# in your Mobile phone.

 

What is the use of IMEI Number?

IMEI number is identify the Mobile Device. It is used to deny the access of stolen mobile from accessing the Mobile services of a country. Using IMEI number we can trace the location of Mobile.

Equipment Identity Register(EIR)

When a phone is switched on, the IMEI number is transmitted and checked against a database in the network’s EIR.  The EIR has three categories namely the “white lists”, “grey lists” and “black lists”. if the IMEI number is in blacklist, the mobile can not use the mobile service.

Stolen Mobile

Block the Mobile
When mobile is stolen, you can block the mobile from being used by thief using IMEI number. You have to contact your local operator and request to block your mobile. They will add your stolen IMEI number to the blacklist of IMEI numbers. So thief can not use the mobile.

Trace the Location of Mobile

You can trace the location of your mobile by using Global Positioning System(GPS). Contact your local operator for tracing.

The steps to track is by following this  Online IMEI Number Tracking Website at http://www.trackimei.com. And report the Theft.

If your mobile is stolen, you can register with IMEI number in the above website. They will track your mobile phone and inform you.
Register IMEI
You can register your IMEI number for safety purpose. This will be useful to track, when your mobile is stolen.

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How to Track & Recover Your Stolen Phone without Using Track-IMEI Services

This part works for all popular smart phone from reputable brands. The only prerequisite is that – the smart phone must have been configured with your details prior to the theft.

For Android Devices

If you just lost/misplaced an Android phone that’s connected to one of your Google (gmail, YouTube, etc.) accounts, the best steps to attempt recovering it is as follows:-

  • Quickly visit the “find my phonepage on PC or Mobile browser.
  • Enter your gmail or Google account details.
  • Use the ring option to see if the phone was actually stolen or misplaced somewhere close-by.
  • Lock the phone with another password and a message telling the thief to call the number on the screen (you can even offer him a tangible reward).
  • Engage the tracking option and other tools to help you recover the device.

For Apple iOS Devices

If the device in question is an iPad, iPhone, iPod or any other Apple iOS device, you can recover it by following these steps:-

  • Login to your Apple iCloud account or install their “Find My iPhoneapp on another smartphone.
  • Select the find my lost phone page, and follow the prompts to complete other actions.
  • You can also use the Lost Mode to remotely lock your device with a passcode, while displaying a custom message with your phone number on your missing device’s Lock screen, and keep track of the device’s location.

For Microsoft Windows Mobile Devices

You can use this method to recover your stolen/misplaced windows phone OS powered smart phone or device.

You just have to follow after the outlined methods above, but via their dedicated find my lost phone page here.

Once logged in, the page would display all your registered devices, you can then make use of the free tools to recover your stolen phone from the criminal.

If everything else fails, you can wipe the device so he does not have access to your private documents.

Recovering Stolen Phones via other Third-party Services

All Xiaomi MI, Samsung Galaxy and HTC devices comes with a special cloud service that requires you to create an account with them to use it.

Once there’s a valid account prior to the theft, you can login to your Samsung, Xiaomi MI, HTC and/or other brand’s account and use the find my phone option to track your stolen phone, tablets and other smart devices.

Most MTK brands such as Tecno, Infinix, iTel, Lenovo, Gionee,  Meizu and etc. works seamlessly with third-party apps that lets you track and control your phone remotely.

As long as such apps (security, anti-theft, etc.) were active prior to the theft, you can actually get back your stolen phone with ease.

What More?

These are the trusted methods we are able to outline for today. We’ll update you from time to time as soon as better methods for recovering your stolen phone surfaces.

Feel free to share other surefire methods for recovering stolen phones by using the comment box. Remember to share this page with your friends that might find it useful.

Cheers.

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Comments

  1. Am so much greateful for such wonderful information.

  2. Alex says:

    Tracking this IMEI no. can help you recover your lost or stolen cell phone or mobile.You can register this IMEI no. with the sites such as http://www.imeitrack.org

  3. demi says:

    Pls my infinix hot3 was stole how can i track it?

  4. isaac okeyo says:

    how can i get back my stolen tecno n6s .
    it had an active google acount of mine.

  5. Ayo fadeyibi says:

    Name: bello temilade
    add:ilesa, osun
    state
    gmail add ayofadd[at]
    gmail.com
    last used no 070664****
    phone model: infinix x557
    make infinix
    missing date:20/10/16
    imel
    no:359839073908459,359839073908442

  6. aave john says:

    itel 1503
    02/11/2016
    imel
    352376078160908, 352376078160916

  7. Lucky Gold says:

    Pls my tecno L8 plus got stolen can u guys help me find it

  8. Macaulay says:

    Please kindly help me track my lost phone.
    Name: Macaulay Olawale Akintayo
    Address: NAF Base Abuja
    Model: Andy A6M
    Make: Yezz
    Last Nos: 08168413881 , 08027240351
    Lost Date: 22 November 2016
    IMEI No: 355634060026934, 355634060088736
    Email. Macaulayolawale94atyahoo.com

  9. Kevin says:

    I have lost my Infinix x554 Imei 352256083896201 and 352256083896219 please kindly assist me recover it back,thank you in advance

  10. mercy Anthony says:

    my phone was stolen on friday 9 dec 2016 and i don’t have my imei number its infinix hot note one please how can i destroy it

  11. omotayo says:

    please my wife phone was stolen yesterday December 21 assist to track and recover
    name: faith ogha
    phone: infinix X554
    last used no: 080343263xx
    contact email: tolaeo@gmail.com
    imei no: 352256081625065/352256081625073

  12. Oriowo Miracle says:

    name: Oriowo Miracle
    add: canaanland, sango ota
    email: tapatmiracle@yahoo.com
    phone model: infinix x557
    make infinix
    missing date:22/12/2016(today)
    Imei:359839077870549.
    pls, I await fast response. pls, its a new phone and I need your help. PLEASE! thanks a lot.

  13. Oriowo Miracle says:

    sorry, in addition IMEI:359839077870549,359839077870556. thanks

  14. Micheal says:

    How can i get my infinix hot 3 x554 back? I just lost it yesterday evening around 8pm date 24/12/2016 Imel:352256080889308/352256080889316
    S/N:F7N7

  15. penina says:

    How can I get my techno p5+ which was stolen at likoni near the ferry entrance on 17th DEC 2016 .The time no is 356787061644854 serial no is vc 612270

    • Ruky Toje says:

      Hi Just wanted to know if you eventually got back or found your phone?

  16. Franklyn says:

    goodnoon sir. i am sad stole my phone pls help me find phone infinix hot3 imei 356602078013185/ imei 356602013193
    dma
    s/n: f6n7
    i am deaf
    THANK YOU SIR

  17. Oyebode Boladale says:

    name: Oriowo Miracle
    add: canaanland, sango ota
    email: tapatmiracle@yahoo.com
    phone model: infinix x601 note 3
    make infinix
    missing date:7/2/2017(today)
    Imei:3599773072136729
    pls, I await fast response. pls, its a new phone and I need your help. PLEASE! thanks a lot.

  18. martin Kyeremeh says:

    Please robber took my tecno j7 phone from me last year.would you please help me retrieve my phone back.

    I will be happy if you do it for me.

    It’s emei number is 358656061520505 and 358656061520513

  19. MARGARET says:

    I mlost anew phone today.
    infinix hot 4 lite75762443 (x557)
    IMEI: 3598380

  20. OBIOHA MBAHAOTU says:

    pls sir my infinix was stolen . i will be very greatful if you can help me recover the phone. i really need to track the location of the phone IMEI: 355954072083081/ IMEI : 355954072083099
    my e-mail adress is mbahaotuobioha@gmail.com

    Reply

  21. Oluwapelumi says:

    How can I track a Samsung s7 that I cannot get it’s imei

  22. James says:

    my samsung s4 active with Imei number 356549872432527/08 was stolen i want to destroy it.

  23. Natasha says:

    I lost my infinix note 3 on 15th june

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