By Mkarimu Media
A recent study shows that more than 70 million phones are lost each year.
Without a SIM card, GPS location or Internet access, it may seem like all is lost when your phone goes missing.
But did you know that you can use the IMEI number to track your lost Android phone?
IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) is a unique 15-digit code authorized by GSMA, just like an identity certificate for your phone.
According to gearbest.com every time a phone uses a particular network to make or receive a call, send or receive a message, its IMEI number is automatically emitted and tracked.
Because the police and service providers have databases in which these ID numbers fall into white and black lists, an owner can report his/her IMEI number and make it blacklisted after a theft.
In our daily lives, some people use a Bluetooth tracer GPS locator to locate smartphones nearby — however, this approach has distance limitations.
If, unfortunately, your phone has been taken out of the 10-meter range, use the IMEI number and an anti-theft tracker to know where it is and turn it into nothing more than a brick for the thief.
Get the IMEI number of your Android phone
Getting to know the number is easy. The fastest way is to dial *#06# , a command to make the unique ID appear.
Another easy way to find the IMEI number is to navigate through “Settings” and tap “About Phone” to check the IMEI code of your Android phone.
In most cases, the IMEI number exists on the reverse side of a phone, or underneath the removable battery. If your phone is lost, but its packaging is kept, you are still able to find the IMEI number on the label.
Please note that if your phone supports two SIM cards at the same time, there are two different IMEI numbers.
You can also go to the android website and trace your lost phone.
On a computer or another phone, type android.com/find on the web browser
It will prompt you to log in to your Google account.
If your phone was logged onto your Gmail, you can easily track it by typing ‘Find my phone” on Google search.
You will see the location of your lost device if it is still connected to the internet and if the Location feature was enabled when you lost it.
Always remember to enabling the location feature on your Android or iPhone as it pinpoints the exact location
There are many phone finder apps available for you on Google Play, such as AntiTheft App & IMEI Tracker All Phone Location, Find Lost Phone , Find My Device, SeekDroid: Find My Phone , and so on. Most can be activated by the SMS you send; some support using the IMEI number.