Some users never anticipated that they will lose their phone. So they might not take any early preventive measures or install some apps that will help them track the phone once it is gone. They also do not even know what is their phones IMEI numbers are. So, what are the steps that they can take to recover their phones once it goes missing?
If you are an android user, you can actually download an app to your lost phones even though it is not with you anymore. As long as you have an account in Google Play, you can download the apps from the Google Play.
Once installed, Plan B will automatically detect the location of your phone and send an email to your Gmail telling the location. If you want to track it again, just borrow your friend’s phone and try locating your phone from there. It is a very simple step and would make sure you can trace your phone again.
Another alternative is to detect the IP address of your phone through your Gmail or Dropbox and check their last logged IP address. This is with the assumption that your lost phone is logged into the internet once it was stolen. You can report the IP adress to the police and let the police do the necessary action. Do not attempt to recover the phone by yourselves. You do not want to be putting yourself or anyone in danger.