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Track Down Phone Using IMEI Number

How to Track Down Your Phone Using IMEI
Track Down Phone Using IMEI Number

How to Track Down Your Phone Using IMEI

Losing or misplacing your mobile phone is a real nightmare. Perhaps you left it in your office, gym locker, or at your friend’s place. It’s a shame you can’t just call your phone to come over as you’d do with your pet. Do not despair! Every mobile phone has a 15-digit serial code IMEI number (and a 14-digit serial code number called MEID). Our frequent readers probably remember our articles about the importance of the IMEI code, so we decided to give you some practical tips about using it, as well as other methods of tracking down your phone.

The first obvious thing to do is to track down your device using legal services: iCloud for iPhones and Google for Android phones.

iPhone users can use Check device IMEI/MEID/ESN,  iCloud Find Service on a Mac or PC, or use the Find My iPhone app on another iOS device, where you can locate, lock, or erase your phone by a single tap. Google also runs the Find My Device website. You can log in via your Gmail account and see where your phone is located on the map. Your options are: Play Sound (very handy when you’re late for work and can’t remember where you last saw your phone), Lock, and Erase.

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If you misplace your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac, the Find My iPhone app will let you use any iOS device to find it and protect your data.

If you’re an iPhone user, and you see your device in an unusual place or it’s turned off, it’s time to call the cavalry and use the IMEI code. Hopefully, you read our FAQ on IMEI, which suggested copying the code down on a sticker and saving the phone box/receipt. But even if you did neither, don’t panic! Follow the guide below:

  1. Open the web browser on your computer and go to your Apple ID account page, appleid.apple.com.
  2. Sign in with the Apple ID that you use on the device for which you need the IMEI/MEID number.
  3. Scroll down to the section titled Devices. To see a device’s IMEI/MEID number, select that device.

For an iOS device with iOS 10.3 or later, tap Settings > [Your name]. Scroll down to see any devices signed in to your Apple ID. To view the IMEI/MEID number, tap the device name.

If you’re an Android user, we have some bad news: an Android phone IMEI was normally visible in the Google Dashboard, but this option was considered insecure and switched off in 2017. So please, be VERY careful with the phone box and receipt–in your case, they are your lifeline.

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Tracking an Android phone using Google Find My Device.

Now that you have your IMEI, you can go to your local police station and report the phone stolen. While filling out the FIR, you must put down the IMEI as well. Once your report is registered, the carrier gets clearance to track the device. Tracking down the phone by IMEI without this clearance is illegal. So never track down phone without a clearance. For these reasons, we don’t recommend trying any third party apps: First, as a private citizen, you have absolutely no power to do it. Second, they can allow private data leaks. Third, most of these apps rely on Google service as well and aren’t precise. You need the kind of equipment that only carriers can possess to accurately track down the phone.

Next time we’ll tell you about using NFC tags for tracking your items.

Links

How to use Find My iPhone — Apple Support [Video]

Video uploaded by Apple Support on May 7, 2018

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10 Comments

  1. Andrew

    March 23, 2019 at 15:45

    A good way these guys can help you track/find a lost/stolen iphone using IMEI or Serial number.

  2. Andrew

    March 30, 2019 at 07:45

    May be this info will help someone.
    You can track/find a lost/stolen iphone using IMEI or Serial number at iPhonetracer. com

  3. Aformations.Com

    February 24, 2020 at 20:09

    If you lose your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch or think it might be stolen, these steps might help you find it and protect your information.

  4. Ladyjorns.Com

    April 4, 2020 at 22:16

    You have not registered your IMEI Number yet. So please first register yourself to find your device.

  5. John Walsh

    April 16, 2020 at 17:29

    If you are going to get your IMEI number, you might as well download a third party app like the free LostAndFound.com Mobile App. As long as you are being proactive, why not? It has many features the manufacturer’s don’t…

  6. Worries

    April 22, 2020 at 20:12

    Once you have entered this code, the MEID and any other IMEI numbers will appear on your device. This method is the easiest because it works regardless of what Android device you are using.

  7. Worries

    April 23, 2020 at 06:00

    Tip: If you’re accessing this page from your iPhone, you can copy the IMEI number in your settings and paste it below. Tip: On most Androids, remove the battery and you should see the IMEI number printed on the inside of the device.

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    April 23, 2020 at 10:41

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  9. Lady

    April 24, 2020 at 22:01

    Tip: If you’re accessing this page from your iPhone, you can copy the IMEI number in your settings and paste it below.

  10. Lady

    April 25, 2020 at 03:33

    Finding a lost mobile using IMEI number is not easy for everyone. You may have forgotten to note it down. Also, you can

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