How to find your lost phone IMEI number and track your phone
How to find IMEI number of Android Phones. Even if your Phone is lost or stolen.
Usually, very few of us jot down our Phone’s IMEI number. Many people don’t even know what an IMEI number denotes. IMEI stands for “International Mobile Equipment Identity”, and it’s a 15- or 17-digit code that uniquely identifies any given mobile phone.
You start frantically searching for your IEMI # only when your phone is lost or stolen.
You can find your Android Phone IMEI Number by using your Google Playstore account ID. This is your google account which you use to login to Google Playstore, to down load apps.
When you lose your phone, having your IMEI can be a blessing. You can potentially use it to track down your device, or simply identify a stolen one. If you lose an Android phone, you can find your IMEI online in your Google Dashboard.
Here are the 2 steps to find your IMEI Number:
Step 1: Go to your Google Dashboard and sign-in with your Google Playstore account ID. This is your account id you used to login to Google Playstore on your lost Phone .
Step 2: After you sign in to the Google Dashboard you will see a list of settings in your browser. Click on > Android. And you will get a list of your devices / Phones connected to Google along with IMEI number. Now you can jot down your IMEI number of your lost Phone and take further action.
That’s it !!! Now on to the second part.
Track your lost Android phone with Google’s Android Device Manager
- Your device is connected with your Google account.
- Your device has access to the internet.
- Allowed Android Device Manager (ADM) to locate your device (turned on by default). This can changed in the Google Settings app.
- Allowed ADM to lock your device and erase its data (turned off by default).
Android Device Manager is a Google’s official and easy-to-use tool to track your Android phone or tablet. The best thing about it is that you don’t need to install an app to be able to track your devices. The only requirement is that your device is connected to your Google account, turned on and connected to the internet. All you need to do is visit the Android Device Manager while being logged into your Google Account. Once the site is loaded it will automatically try to track down your phone. If you have several Android devices registered, make sure the right one is chosen in the dropdown menu.
In a recent update, Google implemented some of ADM’s features into their search results page. This means that you’re able to quickly locate any registered Android device right from the search results. By using the search phrase “where is my phone”, Google displays a little map above the search results in which it will try to find your phone. Once found, you can let it ring by clicking on “Ring” at the bottom left.
Although this makes it more convenient to find your phone quickly, it won’t offer you all the options you get with the full version of Android Device Manager.
Using ADM, you are able to track your registered Android devices, let your phone ring and wipe your phone’s data (which has to be enabled manually). Besides that, ADM doesn’t offer more options to remote control your phone. I hope that Google keeps improving it and introduces more helpful features, such as taking pictures in case it got stolen and you want to take a snapshot of the person who took it.
In case there’s no laptop around when you lose your device, you can also use someone else’s Android phone to track it. Instead of using the mobile browser, you can also use the Android Device Manager app. If you the other phone doesn’t have it, simply download it here. You can sign in using the guest mode and your Google account credentials. Now you should be able to track your lost device, let it ring or wipe its data.