Have you reached into your pocket and felt shocked because your cell phone isn’t there? At best it could be that you lost it among your belongings. However, cell phone theft is also a day-to-day issue. Whatever the reason, with the advancement of technology, there are tools that allow you to find out.
Remember that when locating your stolen cell phone, you should not, under any circumstances, confront the suspected thieves. For your safety, experts recommend contacting the authorities.
Finding the location of your cell phone depends on the GPS in the device. For this reason, experts recommend always keeping the location function activated, which will make things easier for you in case your device is lost or stolen.
But the alleged perpetrator can’t simply disable it? One positive advancement in mobiles with the most up-to-date operating systems has to do with configuration that prevents the cell phone from turning off or deactivating other functions such as Wi-Fi or mobile data and GPS.
Although it usually comes on by default in Settings, you can also activate it in the following way: you have to go to ‘Settings’ or ‘Configuration’, go to ‘Lock screen’ and then to ‘Secure lock setting’ have to go. Then, enter the PIN or pattern you use to unlock your device and turn on the ‘Lock with side key’ and ‘Lock network & security’ options. From now on, the device will ask for a PIN to turn off the cell phone and other functions.
Another related recommendation is to use a blocking system; Be it a pattern, PIN, password, facial recognition or fingerprint reader. This would make it difficult to remove sensitive data from the device and in turn disable the location.
How to track device?
For Android devices, it is possible to track the device using Google. Your account must be active and open, your cell phone must be connected to a mobile network such as data or WiFi, and have an active location.
In case of loss or theft, you will need to log in from the computer to the website that Google has arranged for this process. So, you need to sign in to your Google account and select the device you lost.
The location on the map and options to ‘Play a sound’, ‘Clear device data’ or ‘Protect device’ will appear.
Sign in to iCloud.com/find. Or, use the Find My app on any other Apple device you have.
By selecting your device, you can view the location on the map. When tracking your device, press the ‘play sound’ option and then you can identify where your cell phone is.
In these same devices, there will also be options to lock the device and protect the information contained in it, if it is not possible to recover it.