It should be noted that although the methods to locate and block a mobile phone that has been stolen from us are 100% effective, you will understand that the “recovering” part is not so perfect and will depend on some external factors, although we can put all the means so that this may be possible. Let’s go with this guide in three steps.
How to locate a stolen mobile
The best and most handy thing we have is the “Find my device” function, of which you have a complete guide at this link. In short, you have it available on any Android phone in the Settings menu> Google> Security and that’s where the option to activate it appears. Then, we recommend you take a look at the guide that you have linked above, but we have already commented that you have all the functions from the app of the same name that we put you to download or through the web app offered by Google.
That is where a map will be displayed and will allow us to know what the last position of the mobile is while it has been activated and we can act to block it, erase it or recover it.
How to block a stolen mobile
Again, we have the option within «Find my device», since it allows us both the option to block it, incidentally closing our Google account to secure our passwords, put a message on screen – which can be to warn, but which can also serve us for the next step but we leave that for later -, or even erase all phone data as a desperate measure.
How to recover a stolen mobile
Finally, what we all want is to recover the mobile phone that has been stolen from us. We have several methods that can help us but, as we said at the beginning, they are not 100% effective either, luck is a factor that enters this aspect.
We will start with the one we have more at hand, which also works if we have simply lost the mobile. Continuing with the «Find my device» functions, if we block it remotely it gives us the option to put a screen message and a contact phone so, if the person who found it is honest, they can call us and return it.
But since not everyone is so honest, maybe we should have prepared to “hunt down” the thief and for this, some measure such as the one offered by anti-thief security applications should be prepared. One of them is Cerberus and you can download it at the following link:
This application, which we already warned you that although it is downloaded and tested for free, if we want to have it activated we must pay a license (5 dollars a year). It allows locating the mobile wherever it is, remote control of its functions via SMS and automatic alerts.
Some things we can do is that this app is capable of take photos and videos of the thief and send them to the owner, along with all the position data so that we can go to the police to report it. These photos are taken automatically when there is some event like they change the SIM, connect it to charge it, unlock the screen, etc.