How to Track a Mobile Phone Using an IMEI Number

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Every mobile phone on a GSM network has an individual International Mobile Equipment Identification number that is unique to it, and can be conveniently located with the right software. With this IMEI number, police can work with your service provider to retrieve a stolen phone while your service provider can block your mobile phone from functioning to ensure that you are not charged for a thief’s phone calls.

Do not share your IMEI.

Do not share your IMEI. (imei)

Things You’ll Need

  • Mobile phone tracking software
Step 1:Turn on your GSM-compatible mobile phone, such as a phone from AT&T or T-Mobile, and dial “*#06#” on the keypad. This triggers a pop-up display on your mobile phone showing your International Mobile Equipment Identification number. You can also locate this number on the packaging for your mobile phone or on the compliance plate located under your battery. This number is unique to your phone and no two mobile phones will ever share this number. Store the number somewhere you will not lose it and in a safe place where no one else has access to it. Do not give this number to anyone else.

Find your phone's IMEI number.

Find your phone’s IMEI number. (imei)

Step 2:Call your service provider immediately if someone steals your mobile phone. Say that you wish to have your IMEI blocked. Have your IMEI number available. Once your IMEI number has been blocked, your mobile phone is rendered useless. This is important in the event of your phone theft as it protects you from additional charges. Some providers require that you contact your local police as a part of the process to block your IMEI number. If your provider requests this, contact the police immediately. In conjunction with your service provider, police can use your IMEI number to track your mobile phone.

Inform the police.

Inform the police. (PhotoObjects.net/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)


Step 3:Install a mobile phone tracker software onto your home personal computer or laptop (see Resources for links). The software asks for your IMEI number in preparation to track your mobile phone. This software is available for each brand of mobile phone and by using it you can access your mobile phone’s location. It relays the location of your phone to your computer or laptop. This software is accurate to within a few feet. Use this method if you lost your mobile phone. If you believe that your mobile phone has been stolen, do not attempt to retrieve your mobile phone yourself. Contact your local police and let them handle your phone’s retrieval.

Use GPS to find your phone.

Use GPS to find your phone. (Location)

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