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How to Get IMEI Number of Lost Phone in 2023

by Jayant

Every cellular phone may it a Smartphone or a basic phone has a unique number which is the identification of your phone, that number is IMEI. IMEI stands for International Mobile Equipment Identity. You can get your phone’s IMEI number by just dialing *#06#. Your phone’s IMEI number is also mentioned in the invoice. You can also get your IMEI number by going to Settings > About Phone > Status > IMEI number.

But what, if you lost your phone and invoice too? Can you get the IMEI number of the lost phone? The answer is Yes.

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Why Need IMEI of Lost Android Phone?

You must need an IMEI number before filing any police complaint against your lost phone or if you want to track your lost phone, the only method to do that is by tracking the IMEI number. IMEI is a unique identification of every phone that give its identity.

As per law enforcement, you need to file an FIR if you lost the phone. The lost phone can be used for illegal activities but if you have an FIR registered for that, you are not responsible for any further activity that happened using your lost smartphone. Without IMEI, how come police will even recognize your device among millions of similar devices?

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You can even blacklist your phone which would prevent anyone to use your phone for calling or for any other cellular service. To blacklist your phone, the telecom provider would also ask for a copy of the FIR before taking any further action & to blacklist the number. For any further inquiries about your lost phone, you must need an IMEI number. But How would you get that if you don’t have a phone in hand?

How to Get IMEI Number of Lost Phone using Google Dashboard

You can easily get the IMEI number of the lost Android phone using Google Dashboard. Google Dashboard basically is a Home of all the Google Products you are using. You will see Youtube, Google Contacts, Google Photos, Google Chrome, Google Pay, Google Play Store, Google Books, and more info here.

Along with all that, you will also see the Android Phone info & backup you are using with your Google account. If you are using your Google Account on your smartphone, you will see the IMEI number of your Android phone here. Here is how you can get the IMEI number of lost Android phone using Google Dashboard.

1. All you need to do is to Open Google Chrome, Sign in to your Google Account (Gmail account) and go to Google Dashboard.

2. Under it, you would see Android Backup Tab. Click on the tab and you would see all the devices connected to your google account. Along with the IMEI number, you would also get the last activity that happened on your phone.


3. Once you clicked on that, you will see your Android phone associated with your Google account. You will also be able to see the wifi network it is connected to, whether the phone is charging or not charging. Click on the little ‘i’ button to see the IMEI number of your phone.


Not just IMEI, you will also see the last seen of your phone and with that, you will be able to know if your phone is working right now or not. If your phone is active, will also be able to see the last location of your Android phone on Google Maps.


If your Android phone has been lost, you can secure your device right from this Google Dashboard. By clicking on Secure device, it will get locked and you can even erase all the data right from this one button.

Not just that, you can also use Track my phone on Google Dashboard to reveal the real-time location of the phone but the phone must be connected to the internet. It will not track the real-time location without the internet. You can still see the last location but no real-time location without the internet. If it is not connected to the internet, here is how to find location by phone number.

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So that is how you can get the IMEI number of the lost Android phone using Google Dashboard. It is the easiest way to get the IMEI number. The best part is that you can even secure your device remotely using Google Dashboard.

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Elridge October 20, 2017 - 5:33 pm

Hi Jayant,
Was really struggling with this . Couldn’t find anything solid on this.Thanks for the detailed explanation.


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