What To Do When Your [Android] Phone is Stolen
Your Android phone is a little of everything: a photo album, a diary, a wallet, a gaming machine, a bank account, and more all rolled together in one convenient, Web-connected device. Unfortunately, that same convenience means that any enterprising thief could not only get your phone, but access to everything on it as well.
The first is what you should do immediately after discovering that your device is missing or stolen. The steps will include ways to find your device, and to safeguard any vulnerable data that is contained in that device. Then, we will move on to preventive measures you can adopt (in the future, and now) to safeguard your device.
Help, I’ve Lost My Phone !
1 – Track your Android
2 – Secure your Accounts
3 – Block SIM Card
4 – Unlink your accounts on Android
1. Track Your Android
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 its last online time
2. Secure Your Accounts
By changing your main Google password, any unauthorized person handling your phone will not receive access to your personal accounts, contacts, apps and other info.
Know that changing your Google password will not affect your efforts to locate your device via Android Device Manager (in Step 1). You can still track your Android, lock or remotely erase your phone data after a password change.
3. Block Your SIM Card
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.
4. Unlink Your Accounts on 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.
How To keep Your Device Safe
If your device is now a lost cause, and you are looking for a replacement device, it’s time to arm yourself with cautionary measures that can help reduce the risk of losing your new phone.
1. Always Enable Tracking Location
2. Always Enable Your Mobile Internet Data
3. Use A Lock Screen
4. Disable the Physical Power Button
5. Use Android Phones with Non-Removable Batteries
6. Backup your Data