Any way to Remotely Deactivate Lost Mobile Phone?
By Srinivasan S
November 9, 2015 8:35am CST
Is there any way to completely destroy, factory reset, or entirely deactivate a lost mobile phone remotely. I was using an Android mobile which was recently stolen with dual sim cards. While I managed to block both sim cards through service providers, I had also changed my Gmail password immediately. The mobile was stringently locked with a much complicated alphanumeric security code, which is demanded even if we switch off and on the phone. So, I presume there need not be any worries for other non-secured apps installed in it. However, as I hear there are some masterminds are exclusively trained to jailbreak stolen phones, could someone enlighten as to whether those criminals can only open the phone after erasing the entire data? Or, will they be able to sneak in and steal my precious information?
• Manchester, England
9 Nov 15
The mobile should be able to be locked remotely by the supplier of the phone. This would require the IMEI number, which is different for every mobile phone produced. If you do not have the number, it should be on the box that the mobile came in, or alternatively you could check if the company has a record of the number. It is good practice to always know the IMEI of your mobile. For future reference if you get a new mobile you can simply enter *#06# as though you were dialling the number, which will display the IMEI.
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