How to track my android phone which was stolen from me

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  1. Lakota

    Lakota New Member

    My phone did not have the app installed, so lets skip that. How do I find it and the person who stole it? Need to kill all the apps running and keep my personal info out of reach of the creep who stole it.

    Thanks for your help.

    Frustrated and angry.

  2. Bob Cat

    Bob Cat Careful, They're sharp!! Moderator

    Welcome to Android Forums! I've seen this before and if you didn't have a tracking app installed prior there's nothing you can do but call your provider and have them ban the esn so it cain't be activated.
  3. deja1515

    deja1515 New Member

    what if the phone was stolen and u another person has this app can it be found
  4. scary alien

    scary alien not really so scary Moderator

    Lakota, first-off, welcome to the AndroidForums.

    Sorry to hear about your stolen phone.

    Actually, there might be something you can do. You can install Plan B to your phone from the web. Go to this page:

    Here's the details from the above page:

    Code (Text):
    1. Description
    3. Plan B is the 'find my phone' app that you download AFTER you lose your phone.
    5. Plan B is your last resort to find your missing phone.
    7. This is the first and only 'find my phone' app that you download AFTER
    8. you've already lost your phone. Having Lookout on your phone is the
    9. best way to protect your phone and find it fast, but use Plan B if you
    10. have already lost your phone and didn't have Lookout installed.
    12. Follow these easy steps to use Plan B:
    14. 1. Install Plan B to the phone that you are trying to find from the
    15. Android Market website:
    17. [COLOR="Blue"][B][/B][/COLOR]
    19. 2. Plan B will start automatically and send your phone’s location to your
    20. Gmail address.
    22. 3. To locate again after 10 minutes, borrow a friend’s phone and text
    23. the word “locate” to your lost phone.
    25. Using Plan B is simple, but requires access to the Android Market
    26. website and your Google account. (If you have an Android phone,
    27. you already have a Google account.)
    29. After you install it, Plan B will start locating your phone using cell towers
    30. and GPS. On some phones, Plan B can switch GPS on automatically. Your
    31. location will keep updating for 10 minutes, and you will get an email each
    32. time it is located, whether the phone is moving or standing still. You can
    33. start the process again by texting “locate” to your number from any
    34. other phone. In order to locate your phone, we send you a text via SMS,
    35. so standard message rates apply.
    37. Once you have found your phone, download Lookout Mobile Security for
    38. full protection.
    I've tested this out on my phone and it works great.

    I don't know or think that you can do a remote wipe, but finding / tracking the device would be pretty useful, no? (and catching the bad guy ;)).

    Hope that helps.

  5. scary alien

    scary alien not really so scary Moderator

    Welcome to the AndroidForums, deja1515.

    Cheers and glad you signed-up with us here at AF.
  6. wichita6

    wichita6 Well-Known Member

    Plan B did not work correctly on my Bionic. It shows the phone 3 miles from actual location at a real address....wouldn't have been very nice if the phone was stolen and I went to that good!
  7. scary alien

    scary alien not really so scary Moderator

    Yeah, I'm no expert on it. When I tried it, I was at work and using my Droid X. We get very good VZW cell coverage there and there are also lots of wi-fi routers at work to triangulate on. I don't think the GPS would have registered inside our building (I was on the top floor, but not really very close to a window).

    I'm guessing that maybe the quality of your signal / cell service and/or multiple tries might enhance the location-finding accuracy.

    Can't hurt to try (although be judicious when actually trying to track it down).

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  8. Andima

    Andima Well-Known Member

    But plan B can only detect phone approximate location using Google maps.
  9. amitamit

    amitamit New Member

    plan b can be uninstalled by the thief i need an application that i can use from web and that person cant do uninstall
  10. amitamit

    amitamit New Member

    how can i operate my stolen android phone ?
  11. GPSJoe

    GPSJoe Active Member

    I did some testing of my own on Plan B with my Droid X and posted the results to my blog:

    Plan B {GPS Tracker App Review}

    In total I ran 7 tests in both indoor and outdoor locations and found that it was a pretty accurate app, finding a location for my phone to within 45 feet. The app failed to give a location when I buried the phone 1 ft under ground (which is understandable) and when it was "lost" in the middle of a grocery store.

    Over all I thought it worked really well for an app that you can download AFTER you already lost your phone or suspect that it was stolen. I would still recommend people download something other than Plan B if they have their phone in their possession because other apps also provide security features - like phone lock or data wipe.
  12. Andima

    Andima Well-Known Member

    You can't do it after the stolen. Because of there are some limitations. If your phone still not lost or stolen, then install any good tracking app, enable GPS, disable USB debugging, protect phone settings using app locker. Then you can expect higher recover rate. But always those apps may not work, because of thief know this one. So first he uninstall tracking apps and disable setting.
  13. Andima

    Andima Well-Known Member

    When i testing all the tracking apps display wrong place, no one give correct result.
  14. GPSJoe

    GPSJoe Active Member

    When I ran the tests with Plan B it would activate the GPS on the phone even if it was off. And Plan B can be installed remotely by going to the Android Market and installing it to your phone from that website.

    You are right though in that if a thief knows what they are doing you are going to have a tough time finding your phone again unless you have something installed much deeper than an app.
  15. Andima

    Andima Well-Known Member

    In our country there is a government body called "TRC". If anyone phone stolen we need to get a police report and submit it to the stolen phone carrier. Then my mobile phone carrier report that incident to the TRC and he order other mobile phone service providers to find that phone current location using its IMEI number. Using this method we can recover stolen phone. Mobile phone service provider can detect every connected phone IMEI number when it connecting to the cell tower. Without installing additional apps like carrier IQ :)
  16. Oliviliv

    Oliviliv New Member

    My SGS2 got stolen yesterday from school, and I have a feeling this Plan B app might help... I just want to know, would this work if my phone is blocked?
  17. lunatic59

    lunatic59 Moderati ergo sum Moderator

    If they connect to wifi it may work.
  18. tamivroma

    tamivroma Well-Known Member

    This would be a really good thread to put the name of a good app that should have been on the phone.....which is what I am looking for.
  19. varungnath

    varungnath Well-Known Member

    Plan B, i think is the best option as of now!

    Now, say you misplaced your phone somewhere, and that too in a silent mode+no vibration (I always do that ;) ). Heard that this app "Where is my Android" can actually convert a 'Silent Android' to its normal form (Maximum vol), using an online commander (using your PC); that way tracking the phone if its in the vicinity! :D
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  20. varungnath

    varungnath Well-Known Member

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