Sometimes this can happen. You can lose your mobile device. Maybe you forgot to pick up where you left it at some place; it can be stolen as picked up by a thief or you dropped it somewhere in your pocket. In case you have lost your Android phone here are the four immediate things to do.
Here are the 8 Immediate Things To Do when losing your phone
1. Call your Phone or Use your Carrier’s Mobile App to Send an Alert
Start simple: use another device to call your mobile phone. This step is trickier if you had your phone on silent, but sometimes it’s on a hard surface and you can hear it vibrate, so it’s worth a try. You can also use your carrier’s mobile app to override your ringer settings and sound an alert.
2. Text Your Cell Phone
If you have text messages set to display on the lock or home screen, this easy trick can help a good Samaritan get your phone back to you quickly. Text your mobile phone to provide instructions on how to reach you, just in case someone finds it.
3. Track your Android Phone
There is a free and easy way to locate your Android device, and that is by using the Android Device Manager. You don’t need to have this installed on your phone first for it to work. Just go to the page and sign in with the Google account that you used to sign in to your Android device.
The last location of your device will be shown to you down to an accuracy of about 20 meters. You will also get how far the device is from you, and when it was last seen online
From this page on you can also lock the device, make it ring in case it is at your home only and nearby to you or lastly erase the data you have on the device to prevent identity theft or loss of any important info.
4. Make your Accounts Secure
You probably have your emails, social networks, and messaging groups all on your lost mobile device. It is therefore important that you secure all your accounts by logging in via another device and changing your passwords. This includes your main Google account.
By changing your main Google password, any unauthorized person handling your phone will not receive access to your personal accounts, contacts, apps and other important information.
Know that changing your Google password will not affect your efforts to locate your device via Android Device Manager. You can still track your Android, lock or remotely erase your phone data after the password change.
5. Better to Block Your SIM Card
It is always better to you block your SIM card not only to prevent the misuse of your call privileges but also because messaging apps like Whatsapp and Line use your phone number to verify your account.
If you signed up for two-step verification for access to accounts like your email, you will need to regain ownership of your phone number. Your telco provider will assist you in getting your number back, on a new SIM card, after blocking the card that is in your lost phone.
6. Unlink your Accounts on Android
You can also unlink your accounts from your lost device in order to stop the sync process on your Android.
For example, if you use Dropbox on your Android, unlink this device from your account via the website by going to the account’s security page, then finding your device on the list and clicking the ‘x‘ button. You will have to do this for all the services that you have linked to your device, one by one.
Though these four immediate steps might or might not help you recover your lost phone it is always advisable to keep your mobile safe and secure.
7. Lock your phone & Change Passwords
If your cell phone can’t be located quickly, use your phone’s find my phone feature to remotely lock your phone from any location. Also, be sure to take this opportunity to change the passwords on any accounts you regularly accessed or had an app for on your—especially financial accounts, email, and social media, just in case.
7. Alet the Police
You may or may not get your phone back, but you could potentially need a police report if you have to protest fraudulent charges made with your device.