What to Do Before (and After) Your Phone Is Stolen ANDREW HEINZMAN @andrew_andrew__ AUGUST 12, 2019, 8:00AM EDT

I made my living in the IT world and I like fully-functional and expensive phones as I often do not travel with my laptop. And just like everyone else I have lost double-digit quantities of phones in my time so I learned the hard way “what do do BEFORE and AFTER you lose your phone! Recovery (yes I have actually recovered telephones before) and Replacement can be a nightmare – ESPECIALLY in S.A. So here are some tips and tricks the actually work and can help a lot after losing your phone.. 

Millions of phones are stolen every year, and there’s a chance yours could be one of them. But it doesn’t have to be—you can make your phone theftproof! We’ll show you how, and what you should do if your phone is stolen.

Enable Remote Tracking

Remote tracking (called “Find My Device” on Android and “Find My iPhone” on iOS) gives you the ability to track a phone’s location and remotely wipe its data. This means you can find your phone if it’s missing or wipe its data if it’s stolen.

If you’re using an Android phone, go to “Settings,” open the Google option, scroll down to “Security,” and enable “Find My Device.” You can then track your phone or wipe its data from the Find Your Phone webpage.

If you’re using an iPhone, go to “Settings,” tap your Apple ID (your name), open the “iCloud settings,” and enable “Find My iPhone.” Now, you can track or wipe your phone from the iCloud website.

Use a Strong Password

A complicated lock screen password can be a pain in the neck, but it’s the best way to prevent thieves from digging around your phone. Try to set a strong password on all your devices. Ideally, a password should contain capital letters, numbers, and symbols. (You can use the How Secure Is My Password tool to ensure you’re using an uncrackable password.)


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