How to find your lost phone with IMEI number

Now finding your lost phone without the GPS location, SIM card, and internet access is not an impossible task. You can surely trace your lost mobile using the IMEI number through the CEIR (Central Equipment Identity Register) website – The CEIR website is developed by the Government of India in association with the Delhi Police, the Department of Telecom (DoT), and the Center for Development Telematics (CDOT).

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How to find your lost phone with IMEI number

The CEIR portal only requires the lost phone’s IMEI number, without any need for an internet connection or an ID to be logged in. Moreover, you can find the IMEI number of your lost phone through the box in which the handset was packed. Check for the sticker pasted on the box that has product information on it such as the model number and serial number. Above the bar code, the 15 digit number is the IMEI number.

1. What is the IMEI number?

IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) is a 15 digit unique number that is found in every phone. This number is an identity certificate for your phone and cannot be changed. Whenever you buy a new phone, you can check the IMEI on the box or inside the Settings functionality. It is very important and useful to note down and keep this number safe as it could be used in the future if your phone ever gets lost or misplaced.

2. How do police track IMEI numbers?

Every phone has a specific 15-digit number known as the IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) number. This number can be used by the police to locate your lost or misplaced cell phone. Even with a different SIM, the moment a call is made, the IMEI number helps police to track your phone to the exact or nearby cell phone tower.

3. Can thieves change the IMEI number?

Yes, thieves can change the IMEI number of the stolen mobiles using a device known as a ‘flasher’. It is a small technologically advanced device that helps connect the handset to a computer and allows the user to modify the IMEI number. Once the IMEI number is modified, it is pretty much impossible to locate the lost cell phone.

4. Can IMEI be unblocked?
After blocking your IMEI number, it will be blacklisted thus forbidding you to use your mobile from that instant. Basically, the device is blocked for protective purposes such as due to theft incidents. Once the purpose is solved, one can legally unblock the blacklisted IMEI number.

5. How do you locate a lost cell phone that is turned off?
You can locate a lost mobile phone that is turned off through Google Location History, which is now called ‘Timeline’. Moreover, the phone needs to be connected with your Google account and should have been connected to the internet before it turned off.

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6. Can I find my iPhone if it’s offline?
If your phone’s battery is dead or data is turned off, you can still find it. The Bluetooth location feature in your iPhone will help you locate it, as long as it is not switched off.

7. How can I track my phone location history?

Follow the steps below:

  • On your smartphone, go to ‘Timeline’
  • Go to Settings > Location History
  • Now choose ‘Enable Location History’ or ‘Pause Location History’

8. How can I block my lost mobile phone?

  • Go to and sign in to your Google Account
  • The lost phone will get a notification
  • On the Google map, you will get the location of your phone
  • Choose what you want to do. If needed, first click Enable lock & erase

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