Losing a phone is a common thing these days. According to a report, over 70 million phones are lost each year. Theft of mobile phones has become a trending crime in the last one decade. Losing a phone means losing all our data, and our sim card. People think that there is no way that they can find their phone back and therefore, they go on to buy a new one. However, many are not aware that the lost phone can be tracked even when there is any Sim card in the phone, and even if it doesn’t has Internet or GPS signal. Wondering how?
Track phone using IMEI for free
Well, the lost phones can be tracked with the help of IMEI number. IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) is a 15-digit number that is authorized by GSMA. This code acts as an identity code for any phone. Every phone has a different IMEI number. The moment your lost phone uses any network to make calls, or send or receive messages, the IMEI number gets tracked. It doesn’t matter if the thief has thrown way your sim and using the phone with a new sim. The service providers, as well as the police, have a database of the IMEI numbers. Owner of the phone can report the IMEI number and can get it blacklisted after the theft.
Another method to locate the lost smartphones is by using the Bluetooth tracer GPS locator. However, it has distance limitations as Bluetooth works only in the 10-meter range. This is when IMEI number can be useful.
How to know the IMEI number of your phone?
Here’s how you can know the IMEI number of your mobile phone.
- Dial *#06# from your phone. The IMEI number will appear on your screen instantly. You can note it down somewhere for future. This is the easiest and fastest way to know your IMEI number.
- You can also check the unique identification number from the settings of your phone as well. Go to ‘Setting’, then select ‘About Phone’. You will find an option of IMEI.
- IMEI number is also written on the reverse side of a phone or below the removable battery.
With the IMEI number, you can also check the manufacturer, model etc of your phone. To know these details, send SMS “KYM <15 DIGIT IMEI number> to 14422. KYM (Know your mobile) is an app which helps in knowing the details of your phone. It is available for download on the Google Play store and Apple store as well.
Google Play also provides many phone finder apps like AntiTheft App, Find Lost Phone, SeekDroid: Find my phone etc.
We hope this information was helpful to you. Let us know in the comment section if you have any queries.