Smartphones are of luxury apart from the wide range of usefulness but of value (cost) they possess. This is why thieves love stealing smartphones (especially expensive models).
What will you do if you suddenly notice your phone has been stolen or lost? The good thing is you can find your phone or you can render it useless for both parties. When your phone is stolen, you may do the following to block your stolen or lost phone.
How to block a stolen phone in Nigeria? Is it hard to do or a herculean task to do? Find all the answers in this post below.
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People lose phones either to theft or misplacement all over the world and of which Nigeria is not an exclusion. For those that are tech savvy, they know how to track their phones and others simply forget about it and move on to the next one.
However, if your phone is of value and has important data (memories, images, contact list and so on), then you can simply block the device (distantly) and protect yourself.
Here are ways to block your phone in case it is stolen or lost. Choose the one easiest for you.
1. Block a stolen or lost phone using IMEI number
To use this method, firstly, you need to understand what IMEI is.
What is IMEI?
As defined by the IMEI: The IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) is a unique number to identify GSM, WCDMA, and iDEN mobile phones, as well as some satellite phones. Phones are designed to have one IMEI number, but in dual SIM phones, they are two.
What is IMEI used for: The IMEI is only used for identifying the device and has no permanent or semi-permanent relation to the subscriber. The number is used by the GSM network to identify valid devices and therefore can be used for stopping a stolen phone from accessing the network in that country.
IMEI are the four letters that stay for the unique identifier of the mobile device. Every phone has its IMEI code. It is independent of the SIM card you use. Most phones IMEI can be seen or gotten by simply dialing a short code *#06# . This is an exception for some SAMSUNG phones.
Perhaps you wondering how will i find my phone using IMEI when it has been stolen? It is written on the Phone pack – so keep the phone pack for all phones you buy. If it is fairly used purchase, get it from the back of the phone as shown below and write it somewhere you can locate it.
Once again, do not worry if you have no phone and no box because below we will tell you how to block a phone without IMEI. By the way, it is usually completely free for the device owner to request its remote blocking.
Here in details how to block your phone with IMEI:
Firstly, visit your closest police station and file a report about your missing or lost mobile device. Let the police know your IMEI number so that they can try to track and locate it for you.
Secondly, When tracking and location tracing fails with the use of police. Then you need involve your mobile operator customer service and tell them your phone has been lost or stolen and you want it to be blocked by IMEI code.
Your carrier will request for a copy of a police report and your information. After providing them with all information, the network providers will block the IMEI number from network. The network providers use shared service to block IMEI number. If you blocked IMEI number in one network, it will be blocked across all other mobile networks.
Interestingly, whoever finds or has your lost device won’t be able use the phone or access your personal information.
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2. Block a stolen or lost phone without IMEI number
This part of the post is for those who may not have their IMEI details.
Asking yourself how is it possible to block my stolen phone in Nigeria without IMEI number?
Method 1 to block phone
You may request your mobile network carrier to block the SIM card as they can not be able to block such mobile device. This way no one impersonates you with your SIM card,
Method 2 to block phone
This method is when you bought your phone from any mobile network carrier, you can easily ask the mobile operator to block your device even without telling them your IMEI number. How is it possible? Mobile networks can access their clients ‘call list’.
All that is required is a confirmation of your identity (make sure that you are the original device owner) and then it can block your mobile device. All you have to do is make a request through customer support and identify yourself.
This method of Phone block usually takes up to 48 hours. When it is blocked, won’t be useful for anyone again as they won’t be able to make calls and use the mobile network.
By the way, authorized phone users who have a legit insurance on their device can request a device replacement. It would cost you some money, but you will end up with a new replacement of the phone.
3. Block stolen phone using Find My iPhone for an iPhone
With a pc or Mac, visit https://www.icloud.com/ in your web browser.
- This will only work if Find My iPhone is enabled on your iPhone
Sign in to iCloud. Enter the email address and password associated with your Apple ID. If you’re already logged into iCloud, skip this step.
Click Find iPhone. It resembles a radar screen on the iCloud dashboard. Click All Devices. This displays a list of all your Apple devices.
Click the device you want to lock. It is listed below “All Devices” at the top of the screen.
- If your iPhone is the only Apple item listed on your Apple ID account, you may not have to do this step.
Click Lost Mode. It’s at the bottom of the window on the right side of the webpage. Doing so will open a new page in the window. then enter your phone number if you want it to display on your missing device.
Select Next. If you want, you can choose to enter a custom message asking the finder of your missing device to contact you or leave the default message which is “This iPhone has been lost. Please contact me.” You can use this message or type your own . This number will display on your iPhone’s locked screen. Then select Activate.
This will place your iPhone in Lost Mode, meaning that it won’t be unlockable or usable until you remove it from Lost Mode.
You can deactivate Lost Mode by clicking Lost Mode and then clicking Stop Lost Mode at the bottom of the drop-down menu.
Remotely erase your iphone device
This is cool to safeguard your personal information on your iphone. To prevent anyone from accessing the data on your missing device, you can erase it remotely. This ensures that all of your information (including credit, debit, or prepaid cards for Apple Pay) is deleted from the device, and you won’t be able to find it. To delete remotely using Find My iPhone :
- Open the Find My app and tab the Devices tab.
- Select the device you want to remotely erase.
- Scroll down and choose Erase This Device.
- Select Erase This [device].
4 Block stolen phone using find my device for an Android
1 From a PC or Mac, use your web browser and visit https://www.google.com/android/find
2 Log into your Google account. Enter the email address and password for the Google account on the Android device you want to find or lock.
3 Click the icon for the phone that you want to lock down. The phone icons are in the upper-left corner of the webpage.
4 Click Secure Device. It’s the second tab in the left sidebar menu on the webpage. This opens two text boxes below the “Secure Device” header.
5 Type a message. This message will display on the lock screen while your phone is locked. This is optional but recommended.
6 Type a recovery phone number in the “Phone number” text box. This phone number will be displayed on your Android’s lock screen while your phone is locked. Be sure to type a phone number you can be reached at.
- As with the recovery message, this step is optional but recommended.
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7 Click Secure Device. This is a green button at the bottom of the “Secure Device” header in the menu on the left. This place your Android under a lock, making it nearly impossible for someone to break into it or access your data.Click Security Checkup to review recent activity on your phone. This can help you determine if the phone was stolen.
If you find your phone, you can unlock it using the passcode you use to unlock your phone.
8 You can also decide to erase your Android if necessary. sometimes you can decide to delete your phone’s data entirely rather than allowing unwanted access to your data. To erase your Android phone, use the following steps:
- Click Erase Device in the sidebar menu to the left.
- Click the green button that says Erase Device.
- Enter your Google password, if prompted.
- Click Erase in the pop-up.
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I trust you can see a method that best fits you when trying to block your stolen phone. Trust this post has been helpful in helping you block your stolen or lost phone. Kindly chat me up or leave a comment and you will get a reply. Please share with family and friends so they may use this post in time of need.