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Can a mobile phone be tracked when switched off? Is it possible?

Is it possible to actively track your mobile phone even when it's switched off? Read more to find out.

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Tracking your smartphone when it’s switched on is an easy and straightforward task. If your phone is connected to the internet, it just takes a few steps to find out its exact location. This process can get a bit tricky if your phone is switched off or not connected to the internet. While it may be tough to locate your phone in this scenario, it is not impossible. Most services still let you know the last tracked location of your device when it was still switched on. In this article, we show you how to track your mobile phone when it’s switched off.

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Find My Device

Find My Device

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If you’re logged in to your phone using a Google Account, you can track your phone’s last known location even when it’s switched off. Your phone needs to be connected to the internet in order to use this service. Simply log on to the Find My Device webpage and log in using your Google account. Your device will be tracked and if it is connected to the internet, its exact location will be revealed. If your phone is switched off, Find My Device will show you the last known location of your device before it lost connection to the internet.

Find My iPhone

Find My iPhone

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If you’re an iPhone user, you can log in to iCloud using a web browser and track the location of your iPhone using Find My iPhone. If your phone is switched off, select ‘Lost Mode’ and Find My iPhone will let you know the last known location of your device. You can also remotely lock your iPhone using this feature.

Find your smartphone using the IMEI number

Every smartphone comes with its own unique IMEI number. This number can be used to track your device in case it gets lost or stolen. Your device does not need to be connected to the internet in order to be tracked using IMEI. All you need to do is file a complaint with the police, and they will monitor your phone using IMEI. As soon as your phone establishes a network connection with the carrier, its location will be triangulated using the nearest cell tower. Even if the SIM card on your phone gets changed, it can still be tracked using its IMEI number.

Can my phone be tracked even when it is switched off?

It is very unlikely for your phone to be actively tracked when it’s switched off, but it is possible. Certain authorities are known to use trojans and other malicious malware to track the phones of certain suspects. These trojans can enable a device to emit a signal even when it’s switched off. The signal can be used to track the location of the phone. This process is extremely unethical and is only used in very rare conditions. So while it is technically possible for your phone to be tracked when it’s switched off, it is highly unlikely that it actually is.

Read Also: How can I find my lost mobile using IMEI number?

This is how you can track your mobile phone when it’s switched off. You can use Find my Device and Find my iPhone to remotely erase all data from your device in case it gets lost or stolen. Regular feature phones can only be tracked using their IMEI. In any case, it is advised to file a complaint with the police if your phone gets lost.

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