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The International Mobile Station Equipment Identity is a number for GSM mobile phone, usually unique. It is usually found printed inside the battery compartment of the phone. It can also be displayed on the screen of the phone by entering *#06# into the keypad on most phones. IMEI no is 15/17 digit number.

The IMEI number is used by a GSM network to identify valid devices and therefore can be used for stopping a stolen phone from accessing that network. For example, if a mobile phone is stolen, the owner can call his or her network provider and instruct them to "blacklist" the phone using its IMEI number. This renders the phone useless on that network and sometimes other networks too, whether or not the phone's SIM is changed.

Another term which is known as MEID- Mobile Equipment Identifier is same as IMEI but used in case of CDMA phones. MEID numbers are 14 characters long made up of letters and numbers.

Knowing IMEI of your mobile cell phone is very important because it can help you track, trace or locate your mobile cell phone when lost or stolen. it is compulsory for filling a FIR too, So It is always advised to keep it safe at some place, you can also store it in database of lost stolen and found mobiles(like 3gadgets .com), where they keep your IMEI number safe and when you need it you can get it by just typing username and password, these sites also provide the service of tracking your phone when lost or stolen by just changing the status to Lost or Stolen free of cost.

Steps to track your lost phone through IMEI

Ensure your phone is lost, Call yourself. Call on your number and make sure it is not pocket or hidden behind your sofa set.

Track through Apps:

if not activated or installed any such app then find out whether anyone else on your phone plan uses a family tracking app.

If it was iPhone

Log into your iCloud account. Do this asap Click on Find My iPhone. In case enabled Find My iPhone before it was lost and your phone is powered on, it will show you the location of your phone. If its difficult for you to understand or recognize the location then Lock your phone! From there.

In case of Android

If you have not installed any tracking app than also Android Lost facility of installing remote app can be used to install tracking app, which can give you location of your phone also you can control the device.(all this is only possible if your phone is not wiped and powered on)

if none of the above works

1. Report the theft to the police.

2. Keep copies of any paperwork you get during this process

3. Your mobile telecom operator can track it whenever your phone connects to telecom network irrespective of SIM changed, in few countries telecom operators share the centralized list of black listed IMEIs, which help track phone from all the networks.

4. Check in database of lost, Stolen & found mobiles: put your imei no and you will get to know if somebody has found your lost phone and willing to return it back to real owner but if unfortunately nobody has registered your lost phone as found than you report your lost phone using IMEI and annunce reword as lost/stolen when thief will try to sell it and buyer will check that phone’s authenticity on 3gadgets.com, he will get to know that it is a lost or stolen device so he will not buy it and you will get location info so that you can act.

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