Millions of phones are stolen each year and there is a possibility that yours is one of them. In this article we will show you what to do if your phone is stolen.
Enable remote monitoring
Remote monitoring (called "Find My Device" on Android and "Find My iPhone" on iOS) lets you track the location of a phone and delete its data remotely. This means that you can find your missing phone or delete it if it is stolen.
On Android, go to "Settings", open the Google option, scroll down to the "Security" section and select the "Find my device" option. You can then track your phone or delete its data from the webpage Find your phone .
On iPhone, go to "Settings", tap your Apple ID (your name), open "iCloud Settings" and select the "Find My iPhone" option. You can now track or turn off your phone from the site iCloud .
Use a strong password
A complicated lock screen password can be quite difficult in your daily life if you operate your device frequently, but it is the best way to prevent thieves from "searching" your phone. Try to set a strong password on all your devices. Ideally, a password should contain uppercase letters, numbers, and symbols.
If you do not want to enter a complicated password every time you use your phone, enable biometric authentication. Face ID and iris or fingerprint scanning are fairly secure options.
Set private notifications
If you are worried about strangers reading text messages and notifications on your lock screen, you can hide the contents of these notifications from the lock screen.
On Android, go to "Settings", open "Sound & Notifications", find "When the device is locked" and then set it to "Hide sensitive notification content". If you press "Do not display any notifications", you will not see notifications even when your phone is unlocked.
On iPhone, go to "Settings", open the "Notifications" menu and tap "Show previews". From here, you can hide the notification previews on the lock screen or turn them off completely.
If you have an iPhone with Face ID, it hides notifications on the lock screen by default until you unlock your phone. This prevents a thief from seeing security code alerts without unlocking your phone.
Enable Cloud Sync
If the data on your phone is valuable, you need to enable cloud synchronization.
On Android, go to "Settings", "Accounts and backup" and select the "Back up my data" option.
This backs up your contacts, logins, and settings. Then download an app like Dropbox, Google Drive, or Google Photos to back up your documents, images, and videos.
On iPhone, go to "Settings", tap your Apple ID (your name), open "iCloud Settings", open "iCloud Backup" and enable "iCloud Backup". When you purchase a new iPhone, the setup process asks if you want to restore your settings, contacts, photos, and videos from iCloud.
What to do if your phone is lost or stolen
Now that your phone has a secure, synchronized, synchronous password accessible via remote monitoring, you do not need to worry if it is stolen.
Here are some additional steps you can take to prevent a thief from accessing your private files, contacts, photos, and accounts:
- Tracking your phone: Go to the website Find a phone ή iCloud to locate your phone.
- If it has been stolen, delete your data: It makes no sense to chase the thief. If you suspect it has been stolen, delete your data.
- Tell the cell phone company that you have been the victim of theft: After deleting your phone, contact your mobile carrier to report that your device has been stolen.
- Check your accounts: Even if you have enabled two-factor authentication, it might be a good idea to check your accounts. It is also a good idea to change your passwords (especially bank accounts and email accounts).
- Call the police: If you are 100% sure your phone is stolen, report it to the police.
If you are careful when you leave your phone they will not steal it from you. However, if the above steps happen, they may seem a bit time consuming, but they are worth it to protect your privacy.