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7 tips on what to do when your mobile is stolen or lost

Losing a cell phone is not funny to anyone, and even less they steal it. It is not a pleasant experience not only because of the high price you have surely paid for it, but also because we store all our personal information in it.

In the smartphones, we keep all our contacts and the photos and videos of our last vacation. We also use them to access our email accounts, banking on-line and social networks.

That is why it is essential to take certain preventive measures prior to theft or loss, but also other protective measures once such an unfortunate incident has occurred.

Although many of the tips we present below can be applied whether you have an iPhone or an Android phone, we recommend Apple users to also check our guide to locate a lost or stolen iPhone.

Tip 1. Prevent theft or loss of your mobile with prevention measures

Luckily, thieves will always find a way to steal and the ability to get rid of some knows no limits, but even so it is always better to be safe than sorry. It is therefore convenient to follow the advice that we present below.

Don't leave the phone in sight. When you go down the street or are in a public space, avoid having your cell phone in your hand or store it in the back pocket of your pants. We recommend hiding it in a safe place that is difficult to access.

In addition, avoid at all costs consulting important information in public, as this could encourage thieves to steal your device and not someone else's. As a general rule, use your smartphone as little as possible in places with many people.

Activate the Find my device feature. There are several applications to know where your mobile phone is at all times, but the best option is still to use the built-in Android function, similar to Find my Apple iPhone.

To do this, you should address the Settings of your mobile and touch on Google, followed by the options of Security Y Find my device. Activate the switch at the top to be able to locate it remotely and protect your data if you lose it.

Protect your mobile with a password. Although there are ways to access the data of a phone without knowing the lock code, you will always make it more difficult to the thief if you set one. We suggest using fingerprint or facial recognition technology.

Take advantage of the anti-theft functions of antivirus. The best antivirus for Android, as Bitdefender or Kaspersky, usually include an anti-theft system, such as the activation of the front chamber to know what the thief is.

Keep your mobile IMEI code on hand. The serial number of your phone will be very useful both to report the theft and for your operator to cancel the SIM card. You will find it in the original packaging or by calling * # 06 #.

Make backup copies of your data. To not regret the loss of data, we strongly suggest that you regularly create backup copies of all your contacts, photos and videos. With Android phones, you can use your Google account.

Encrypt content saved on your mobile. Another way to protect your data is to activate the option to Encryption on your device that you will find in the section of Security of yours Settings. It also has the risk that you cannot access your own information.

Take out mobile insurance. You should consider securing your device with one of the plans that mobile sales companies have as Fnac, Media Markt or Phone House. The main operators also usually offer this service.

Tip 2. Search for the lost or stolen phone using the Find my device feature

If before having lost your mobile you had followed the advice indicated in the previous section, you can easily know where your smartphone With the function Find my device, or any other location app you use.

To be able to use it, you must open the Google search engine on your computer, log in to your Google account and search where my phone is with the search bar. You can make it sound or write a message on the screen for whoever finds it.

You can also see the current location of your mobile. We do not recommend, however, to be brave and visit the site that marks the map, since there are known cases of people who have ended up even losing their lives by following the trail of their phone.