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Find out how to protect yourself from mobile phone theft, and how to set your phone up to help you if it gets stolen.
Use your phone’s security features to stop someone using your phone if it’s stolen. Choose a strong PIN, passcode, password or pattern.
Get your phone’s IMEI number by typing *#06# on your phone keypad. Keep a note of it somewhere other than on your phone. The IMEI can help track the phone down if it’s lost or stolen.
Set up a tracking app on your phone so you can see where it is from another device like a laptop. Use it as soon as possible, before thieves have a chance to disable it.
Turn off message previews, so that thieves won’t see any messages about reset or login codes when your phone is locked.
See your device's help pages for help with device location tracking, account recovery and message preview settings.
Apple help pages for iPhones
Google help pages for Android phones