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Loss, theft: locate my phone using its IMEI and delete the data

Your smartphone is missing? Act quickly! Here are some basic rules to avoid having your data reused by others. Mainly your bank details if you have paired your phone with paid services.

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True pocket computers, smartphones today contain our whole life, our photos, our contacts and more. So much data that we do not want to fall into the hands of strangers when their device is lost or stolen. Fortunately, there are several solutions that will allow you to locate your phone remotely, block it and in some cases delete your data.

The first rule if your phone is lost or stolen is to act quickly. In most cases, thieves will try to gain access to the phone to possibly recover their data. But especially to be able to use it themselves or sell it later. There are at least two methods to locate and lock your phone remotely. Please note: these will depend on the prior precautions you have taken.

First method: using the IMEI number

This somewhat radical method has the advantage of being able to be carried out in an instant by your operator. It consists in communicating the IMEI number (International Mobile Equipment Identity) to him. Thanks to this, it will be able to locate its approximate position (depending on the last antenna used) and carry out its blocking remotely. There are several ways to retrieve your IMEI number. The most common is to type the code * # 06 # on the telephone keypad. If you no longer have access to your phone, be aware that some manufacturers print this unique identifier on the box of their device. If you have kept it, this is the opportunity to bring it out.

Second method: use a remote management service

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Operator lockout prevents certain uses of your phone. However, it does not block all functions and does not delete data from the device. To do this, you will need to use a remote management service, such as the “Find my iPhone” function at Apple or “Android Device Manager” on Google’s side. Note that there again, these will be functions to set up on your smartphone before its loss so that they are effective. In particular by activating the remote location functions. Finally, this method will only work if your device is turned on and connected to the Internet. It is therefore necessary to act quickly.

For iOS: You must first activate the “Find my iPhone” function, available in Settings. By clicking on your Apple ID at the top of the page and going to the iCloud settings. You can then use the “Find my iPhone” application from another iOS device. This will allow you to ring it, lock it or erase it remotely. The same operation is possible from a computer, by connecting to, where you will find the same functions.

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For Android: The principle is basically the same on Android. Again, you will need to have previously configured geolocation in Google Settings> Security. Where you will activate two options: “Locate this device remotely” and “Allow remote locking and deletion of data”. From then on, you can use the Android Device Manager application from another Android device, or connect to the Android Device Manager site. From there, you will be able to locate your smartphone, ring it, lock it or erase it.

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