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3 ways to track and recover a stolen smartphone

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Losing sight of ones smartphone (or any important gadget) can easily be tagged as one of the most frustrating and annoying thing that can happen to an individual in this age. In that time and moment, different thoughts and possibilities are quick to run through one’s mind: was it stolen? or you laid it somewhere you can’t remember? Or wait, could somewhere have taken it? Or is it your friends playing pranks on you? etc.

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These thoughts (now accompanied by an increased level of worry and…yes, frustration) sure won’t cease till you find that goddamn smartphone. Well, recovering a missing smartphone is now quite easy depending on if you’ve prepared for the possibility of your smartphone getting missing beforehand, or you can act swiftly enough.

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The methods below are ways you can easily recover your missing smartphone.

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1. Tracking and Monitoring Apps

There are handful of apps that can help you recover your device. But this is only possible if you have them installed on your phone before such mishap occurs.

These apps have a lot of features that eases up the process of recovering your missing device. With these tracking and monitoring apps, you can get exact map and satellite image location of where your smartphone is/has been, remotely ring out your device even if it is on silent (this comes in handy when, for example, you suddenly cannot find your smartphone in your house), remotely lock your phone with a new password or security code and display a recovery message (or contact information) on the display.

You can even remotely wipe all the data on the missing device at the click of a button if all recovery efforts proves futile.

Again, there are a handful of them, but we’ve helped select the best of them for Android and iOS. Most of them are available for free and can be downloaded on each OS’ App store while some require periodic payments. Check them out below:

Top 5 Anti-theft Apps for iOS (iPhone and iPad)

5 Android Apps to help track your phone in the case of theft

2. Using Google

“Find My Device” is service by Google which is also effective for phone recovery. Formerly reognised and Android Device Manager (ADM), Find My Device can be used to locate, track, and recover Android devices (smartphone, tablet, smartwatch) — as long as the device is connected to a Google Account, connected to the internet, and is switched on.

You can use Google’s Find My Device service for free through the official website or through a direct “Find My Device” search on Google. With Find My Device, you can locate places where your device has been, erase device data, lock and secure device and also ring your device.

There is also a Find My Device app available on the Google Play Store.

3. Using IMEI number

Another way of recovering a missing smartphone is through the device’s IMEI number. IMEI is an acronym that stands for International Mobile Equipment Identity. IMEI is a 15-digit number used for several proposed – one of which is for tracking and recovering stolen smartphones by GSM network providers and authorities to tracking missing and stolen smartphones.

IMEI number of smartphones are usually attached to a new phone box, on the phone (in  the battery compartment), and “in the phone” (by dialling *#06#).

Successfully tracking a device using IMEI number usually involves the use of sophisticated hardware which is mostly used by law enforcement agencies, higher authorities, or anyone with access to such equipments. It is advised, however, that if all the above method in 1 and 2 fail to help track and recover your missing or stolen device (perhaps the phone has , you contact higher authorities for help.

Paschal Okafor is NaijaTechGuide Team Lead. The article 3 ways to track and recover a stolen smartphone was written by Olanrewaju Sodiq. The article was last modified: June 24th, 2018

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