How To Track and Block Lost or Stolen Mobile Phone Using its IMEI Number

If you have lost your mobile phone or if its stolen, then you can recover it or at least block it if you know the IMEI number of the phone.

The procedure to get back the stolen mobile phone will take some time so you must be patient. First you need to go to the police station in your area and file a FIR that your mobile phone is stolen.

Then take the copy of this FIR and the IMEI number of your phone and contact the service provider of your phone. They will then help you track the mobile phone location.

They will also block the mobile phone, making it useless until it is found. Once you find it, you can request your service provider to white-list it again.

This procedure will work even if the SIM card of the phone is changed because all service providers use the same blacklist database.

How this works? You probably already know that each mobile phone has a unique IMEI number. Whenever a mobile phone is switched on, this IMEI number is sent to Equipment Identity Register database. This database categorizes each phone in one of three categories: while listed, grey listed and black listed.

Your mobile service provider can block any mobile phone by putting its IMEI number in the black list. Once blacklisted, a mobile phone is useless as it cannot be used at all.

Your operator can also track the exact location of the mobile phone using its IMEI number using the Global Positioning System, thus helping you find the lost or stolen mobile phone. However, since a lot of phones get stolen these days, mobile operators will track a phone from its IMEI number only in the case of some special situation.

Note that when you contact your mobile service provider to block the mobile phone with its IMEI number, don’t forget to ask them to block your SIM also.

Also note that there are some specific apps that help you track lost or stolen mobile phones. For example, check the anti theft alarm for Windows phone. There are similar apps available for iPhone and Android phone as well and I will post reviews of these apps soon. Please post your comments below if you have any questions regarding tracking of lost or stolen mobile phones.

Comments

  1. Neetu Gupta:

    I lost my phone and I make the FIR in police station and i also contact to the service provider to track my mobile but they told me that they don’t have any software to track. Tracking will only do by the police . And i asked to many person they are telling that there is the software which can delete the IMEI no so it true than how i will get my mobile back please let me inform the what is the good procedure to get my mobile back and it is true that IMEI can delete by the software.Please reply me as early as possible.

  2. Mayur Somani:

    @Neetu Gupta

    Such software are available but they must be installed ‘before’ your mobile phone is lost. Please see this: http://www.hacktrix.com/track-trace-recover-lost-stolen-iphone and this: http://www.hacktrix.com/trace-track-recover-lost-stolen-android-mobile-phone

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