Cellphones are among your personal belongings, so there’s a great chance that you’ll instantly panic in case you accidentally lost it. As a personal device, it’s where you store some of your personal data and files. Furthermore, it serves as your personal space as this is where you store your contacts, messages, and other personal details.
While panicking will most likely be your immediate reaction once you notice that your phone is no longer with you, keep in mind that it will not get you anywhere. The best way to handle a lost phone is to stay calm so you can think clearly and figure out what you should do. The following are some of the steps and tips that you can do to ensure that you’ll be able to handle this scenario well:
- Don’t panic – This is the most important step in your journey to dealing with lost phone and actually finding it. The first couple of paragraphs already mentioned how important it is to not panic and stay calm when you’re in this situation. You have to be calm, especially if you’re still unsure on what to do. By being calm, you can view the situation clearly. Aside from that, your calmness will enlighten you on what to do. Probably, one of the best solutions that you can instantly think of once you calmed down is to ask a friend to lend his phone to you so you can contact your number. For all you know, you might just have misplaced it. By calling your number, your phone will ring, allowing you to locate it right away based on where the ringing sound is coming from.
- Change your password – If the first tip did not work, don’t panic because there are still ways to protect yourself in case your phone got lost. Keep in mind that you still have your messages, videos, contact information, pictures, and other personal files and sensitive data stored in there. That is why it is crucial to protect yourself by changing your password using remote settings. Log in online so you can alter your password. It would be best if your cellphone already features an app, which gives you the ability to change its password even if it’s not with you. If you have such app, then use it to protect yourself and prevent anyone from accessing all your personal details and messages.
- Report it to your network provider – Another thing that you can do is contact your network provider and report your lost phone. Tell them about the lost or stolen phone immediately; especially if you don’t know how to change your password from a remote location. By contacting your network provider, they can block it, thereby preventing anyone from accessing and using it. Not informing your network provider about the lost or misplaced phone might cause them to charge you for unauthorized phone calls and data use, and these are usually expensive. If you suspect that someone stole it, you need get in touch with your network provider and ask for your phone’s IMEI code or identification number, which is what you’ll be giving to the police. There’s no need to worry about your phone being blocked as your network provider can instantly reactivate it in case you recovered it.
- Have your debit and credit cards blocked – You have to immediately block all the financial cards linked to your phone. Do you link your credit cards to your device so you can use them to make instant purchases? Then block them right away to prevent those who have your phone right now from accessing your credit card information, and worse using it. Block all your cards and financial accounts. The moment you realized that your cell phone is no longer with you, log in to your online bank account so you can have your password changed. Alternatively, you can contact your bank directly. Report what happened and ask for help. They will be the ones who will block your cards and prevent harmful people from accessing your info and using it to their advantage.
- Report your identification number – We have already mentioned IMEI or identification number earlier, but it’s necessary to reiterate the importance of reporting it. Report your IMEI to the authorities so they can advise you on what you can do to recover your phone or at least, just block your SIM card. By reporting your IMEI, you can also prevent others from using the numbers stored in your phone without your permission. The police can also use your phone’s IMEI to find your lost cellphone. This tip is a big help in alerting potential buyers regarding a stolen device, thereby preventing them from using your details to make some purchases.
- Find out if the phone has insurance or warranty – You can never guess what will happen so it’s best to figure out whether your device comes with a good warranty or insurance while it’s still in your hands. In case you lost it, find out if you can ask for a replacement. You can also ask whether the insurance covers theft. If your phone is covered by insurance, then contact the appropriate insurance provider as they will be the ones who will handle the replacement, provided you’re entitled for it.
- Get a replacement phone and SIM Card – In most cases, your network provider will send a replacement SIM card to you. However, this also comes with an administration fee. Another thing that you have to take note of is that your network will not replace your cellphone without any charges. This means you will still need to pay your monthly subscription until your contract ends. In case you can’t get a free replacement phone, then one of your options is to purchase a new one while also continuing with your present contract. Alternatively, you can choose to wait until your present contract ends. Once it ends, you can just obtain a new contract, which often comes with a phone for free. Figure out which one can provide you with the most benefit.
Some Safety Measures to Keep your Cellphone Protected
To keep yourself protected, make sure that you install apps on your phone that will help you find in case you lose it in the future. Some applications let you lock or block your phone remotely, thereby preventing unauthorized access. Also, store it in a secure place, so you can avoid losing it and panicking.