Phone loss is everyone’s biggest fear after the acquisition of the device. And it’s one major cause of the ’21st century diseases’ called NOMOPHOBIA. The term is literarily a conjoint of the words NO Mobile Phone Phobia used to describe a psychological condition when people have a fear of being detached from mobile phone connectivity. This novel phenomenon is not all negative in its dimensions, the fear of being separated from one’s phone is largely as a result of its indispensable essence: phones are useful tools in staying up with information, so phone loss triggers FOMO (fear of missing out) which cannot be said to be abnormal. As a result of this, countless effort has been made to allay the fears and the accompanied panicking in phone users upon their acquisition of the device.
Mobile devices like every other easily movable object can get loss at any point; in anywhere. It could get stuck in some place without one’s notice, at home or outside. It could get stolen, which is most times the cause of phone loss. In any case, you can help the situation if you make hay while the sun shine.
Making hay involves taking the necessary steps as soon as one acquires the device. The steps or ways, in not too many words, are delineated below.
Contacting your service provider.
Every mobile phone has service providers GPS location services which are made available to customers. You can check up the service provider’s customer service number online, or look it up in a phone book local office on your device.
In the case when they don’t offer such service, they can at least cut off service to your phone in the case of phone loss.
Knowing your phone’s serial number.
There is hardly any mobile phone that is not equipped with an electronic serial number. One important thing to do first upon acquiring the device is finding this serial/identification number. It’s often found most times on a sticker under the battery, though its location varies device to device.
Depending on the type and model of the phone you use, your phone’s unique number may be called ESN (Electronic Serial Number), MEID (Mobile Equipment Identifier), or an IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity). It’s advisable to write it down upon your finding so as to provide it easily to the police and your wireless provider in the case of phone loss.
Maximizing the Independent Means Online.
Aside registering your phone for a GPS tracking service via your wireless provider, there are other independent services like Belon.gs, AccuTracking, Google Find my Device etc. These are certain good means to assist your efforts in the future, should you lose or misplace your phone again.
Android Device Manager (ADM)
ADM can tell the location of your device by default unless you have disabled this in settings. As long as your device is connected to your Google Account, you have internet access, you have location turned on and ADM is set to locate your device before it disappears, then there is still a chance that you can recover it.
To locate your lost phone with ADM simply visit android.com/find on your PC, sign into your Google account and select the particular device you are searching for if you have more than one.
There are many other ways which precautions can be taken, but these above are some of the best practices to ease the effort of relocating your phone upon loss.