What to do if your Android Phone gets lost

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Sometimes because of bad luck or you can call it whatever, we lose our smartphone because of misplacement or when someone steals it. The very first thought that strikes our mind thereafter is what to do next?

  • The first thing to do is to dial it and see if someone picks it up. And if someone does, request them to hand it over to you. This usually happens while taking a cab, in a restaurant, at a theatre, or shopping.

  • Get your sim blocked thereafter by calling your mobile service provider. And ensure to get an acknowledgment.

  • One can use the Android ‘Find my Device’ option to locate a phone. However, you need to enable the option first on the device to use the service. One has to note that all Android 8 and above phones have this feature enabled by default and it works only if the location service is turned on.

  • Find my device tool also offers the option to lock a smartphone and leave a message on the home screen. But only smartphones above Android 9 are having this feature.

  • The data wiping feature is another good option to keep your valuable info safe and secure. However, after opting for this feature, the user does not have the chance to locate it and the offline phone data gets erased only if it comes online, as if it connects to Wi-Fi.

  • Users can also use the Google Timeline feature to know all the places to which their device was taken to.

  • Some government services offer the procedure to block IMEI

  • Lodging an FIR makes sense, especially when the lost device is used in illegal activities like trafficking humans or drugs. Because lodging a complaint with law enforcement keeps you out of trouble.

 

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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