Regardless if you own an iPhone or an Android phone, it can be quite terrifying to lose your smartphone especially when you have important files stored in your phone’s memory.

Although people do their best to keep their phones safe, there are always opportunistic people who will steal them when they get the chance. In fact, the rate of stolen and lost mobile phones significantly increased in the past couple of years. This is because of the high demand for quick information and communication. Hence, it’s important that every mobile user knows how to find their phone to avoid getting victimized by these thieves.

So if you have lost your mobile phone read on for helpful tips on how to find it:

Step 1: Check your pocket, bag, or your entire room first to make sure you didn’t misplace it.

Step 2: Ask your family and friends, if they have seen your mobile phone anywhere

Step 3: Try calling your phone with another phone.If your battery aint dead, and your phone is buried somewhere under a pile of clothing in your home, then ringing it is the best way to locate it.

Step 4: Sit down and think back to the last time you had your phone, retrace your steps to where you might have misplaced it. Could you have left it in the grocery store? At the doctor’s? or maybe at the park on the bench?

If you have exhausted all options and your phone still didn’t show up, read on to learn how to find your missing phone in a few simple steps.

How to Track Your Lost/Stolen Mobile

If you’re phone is stolen, or lost and someone found it, chances are it will be immediately put up for sale online or pawned. However, if you have some tracking applications in place on your phone, your chances of getting it back are high. Lets see what are the options to find your lost phone

Option 1: Installing GPS App. This is effective if you have installed a GPS app in your phone before it was stolen. The GPS-based applications in your phone that will help you track it in case you lose it. Simply go to the website of the app you have installed,and follow their instructions to locate your phone. This is the most convenient method of finding lost mobile devices today.

Option 2: Contacting Your Own Number. Some people would try calling the lost/stolen phone, but this will only work if the phone is on, and most likely, if the phone did get stolen, the thief would turn it off immediately. In case your phone was lost, but found by some good Samaritan then this is the best way to get it back.

Option 3: Contact Police: If you have tried above two options and nothing works, go to your nearest police station and report your lost/stolen mobile phone. Some specialized cops are knowledgeable in investigating lost mobile phones and they can at least get your number blocked. This is crucial, since lost/stolen mobile phones can be used for nefarious purposes by criminal elements. And if you have not reported your phone as lost, then you too will come under police scrutiny if your phone is found linked to any illegal activity.

Reasons Why People Don’t Get Their Lost Phones Back

While there are effective ways to find a lost mobile phone, there are also factors that hinder people from recovering their phones.

  • Savvy thieves are aware of the GPS locators and the likes. So, what they do is they turn off the device and remove GPS trackers installed on the device.
  • Mobile phone owners do not know the IMEI number of their phone, which is one of the best ways to track your phone.
  • Phones  are truly lost, dead or crushed

Make sure that you keep them in a place where no prying eyes can see them. You can also ask some professionals who know how to find lost cell phones for some advice. You also need to ensure that the anti-theft feature is updated. Smart phones, nowadays, have safety features when it comes to theft and loss.

Things to Consider when Dealing with the Finder

If someone claims to have found your phone, keep the following things in mind, when interacting with the finder:

  • Never disclose any personal information except your email address and/or your personal phone number.
  • Contact the person who found your phone, and arrange to meet with him/her in a safe public place (preferably take someone with you for good measure)

Once you’ve got your phone back, do all the precautions you could do to secure your mobile phone so this kind of situation never happens again.