What solutions to find a lost or stolen cell phone?

What solutions to find a lost or stolen cell phone?

When a cell phone is lost, most of us feel helpless! In most cases, the smartphone contains a lot of personal data and when it is a business phone, the stakes are even higher! To remedy this problem, there are solutions to find it.

Find a lost or stolen cell phone thanks to geolocation

With the evolution of technology and smartphones, it is now possible to locate a cell phone from a simple computer. This method can be applied via the functionalities provided by the phone manufacturer, or via external applications.

Concerning iPhones, Apple officially offers a geolocation application, “Locate”, which allows to easily find any Apple device, including iPhones.

On the Android side, Google also has its own service called “Locate my device”. Here too, it is necessary to visit the web page dedicated to this service in order to find the lost or stolen cell phone.

Whether Apple or Android, the methods and features related to geolocation are the same:

  • Make the phone ring if it is nearby
  • Display a message or a phone number on the lock screen
  • Lock the stolen or misplaced cell phone so that the data stored on it is no longer accessible in case of theft
  • Erase all data from the phone

Contacting an operator to recover a stolen or misplaced cell phone

The operator providing the SIM card for the cell phone may be able to block the SIM card to make the smartphone partially unusable. If the phone has been stolen, the thief will not be able to overuse the phone plan. If the phone is turned off, the thief will be asked to unlock the SIM card in order to use it.

This method has little risk, the phone can be unlocked if the user finds it.

It is therefore recommended to contact the operator if the geolocation methods do not work.

What to do if the smartphone is not found?

If the above methods do not provide a definitive solution, it is possible that the cell phone is still untraceable. The device may have been stolen, switched off or out of service. In this case, it is strongly recommended to turn to the authorities in order to report a theft, and to contact your insurance.

Some information about the phone can be useful to find it easily:

  • The brand of the phone
  • The model of the phone
  • Its IMEI number
  • Time and date of the theft

In summary, what are the solutions in case of loss or theft of cell phone?

  • Use the geolocation applications provided by Apple for its iPhone or Google for its Android phones
  • Use unofficial external applications to locate your phone
  • Display a message or a phone number on the lost device in case someone finds it
  • Ringing the phone to check if its location is nearby
  • Contact the SIM card operator to limit potential problems in case of theft
  • Report the theft to the authorities and to the insurance company.
iOS 15: How to disable Automatic Night Mode on iPhone

iOS 15: How to disable Automatic Night Mode on iPhone

Apple’s iPhones running on iOS are equipped with some of the most advanced photo features that can be found on smartphones. However, the Californian manufacturer leaves very little control over these features and this is especially the case for Night Mode, which is triggered automatically whether you want it or not.

The problem with this “feature” is that you have to manually disable Night Mode every time you open the Camera app and the smartphone detects a dark scene. At first, it was not possible to disable this Night Mode to use it only when needed.

Well, not anymore! In this article, we shows you how to disable the automatic Night Mode on iPhone.

How to disable Auto Night Mode on iPhone

It should be noted that at the time of writing this article, this feature is only available on devices running the beta version of iOS 15. However, with the launch of the new iPhones just days away, Apple should start rolling out the latest version of the OS very soon.

In any case, here are the steps to take to disable Night Mode on an iPhone running iOS 15 or higher:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Scroll down and tap on Camera.
  3. In the camera settings, go to the Keep settings option
  4. Look for the Night Mode option and make sure the toggle switch is on (green).

disable night mode on iphone

Now, when you open the Camera app, the smartphone will “remember” that you disabled Night Mode the last time you used the camera. This means that you will now be able to manually activate Night Mode only when you need it.

Why disable Night Mode on your iPhone?

There’s no doubt that enabling Night Mode is very useful for most iPhone users. It ensures that you will almost always have well-lit and usable images that you will share mainly via social networks.

So why would you want to disable Night Mode?

It turns out that a lot of iPhone users don’t particularly like the dominant nature of iOS’s Night mode and end up with what can be described as “artificial” and very bright images.

These users prefer the “authentic” look of a low-light image where the idea is not to gather as much light as possible but to keep the light sources dimmed and thus, the image natural.

Although these users prefer to use the manual mode to take pictures, there is no denying the convenience that the “Auto” mode offers on most modern smartphones today. And that’s why we think these users will love the option to disable Auto Night Mode.

If you enjoyed this iOS 15-focused tutorial, I invite you to read our article showing how to take good night photos with your smartphone.

iOS 15 on iPhone : What you should know before installing it

iOS 15 on iPhone : What you should know before installing it

After several months of beta, iOS 15 is finally available in final version. Here are all the answers to the questions you might have before making this update on your iPhone.

Like every year, it was at WWDC 2021 that Apple presented the first new features of iOS 15. This version, which will natively equip the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro when they are released, will also be deployed on a number of existing iPhones on Monday 20 September. Here is everything you need to know about this update.

When is ios 15 coming out and at what time?

During the keynote on September 14, Apple confirmed the rollout date of iOS 15. The update date is therefore set for Monday, September 20, 2021.

Traditionally, Apple pushes its updates at 7 pm French time. However, it is usual for the servers to be difficult to access at launch. If you have trouble downloading the update, feel free to try again later.

Which iphones are compatible with ios 15 ?

Here is the list of iPhone and iPod compatible with iOS 15:

  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 mini
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11 mini
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone SE (1st generation)
  • iPhone SE (2ᵉ generation)
  • iPod touch (7ᵉ generation)

How to install ios 15?

Is your iPhone compatible? Great! To launch this update, you’ll only need to follow a few steps, but first, we can’t advise you enough to back up your iPhone’s data. Even if it usually goes smoothly, you never know what can happen during the process and you might need to restore a previous version to avoid losing all your data.

If you want to prepare the update in advance, make sure you already have the latest version (iOS 14.8), you will save time at the moment.

  1. Make sure your iPhone is connected to WiFi preferably. The update weighs several gigabytes and you don’t want it to be charged to your mobile plan. And moreover, it consumes less energy…
  2. Go to the settings of your iPhone, in the General tab.
  3. Click on Software Update and wait for your iPhone to search for the latest version available. A block will then invite you to download iOS 15.
  4. Click Download and Install and enter your code. Accept the terms and conditions and wait.
  5. Once the update is installed, your iPhone will restart to install it. All you have to do is wait.

How to install ios 15?

Let’s take a quick tour of the new features you will find on your iPhone after installing iOS 15.

Focus mode

The main addition of iOS 15 is the Focus mode. It allows you to better compartmentalize the moments of your day and the notifications you want to receive depending on the time and place where you are. During office hours, for example, you can cut off notifications that could distract you and only keep in the foreground those that contribute to your productivity, such as those from applications like Slack, Mail or Trello for example. Conversely, once you’re home, you’ll prefer to receive notifications from your favorite social networks instead.

Every morning, your iPhone will also show you a summary of pending notifications in order of priority and relevance. Useful to see what really matters to you to start your day.

Facetime for everyone

FaceTime is surely the application that has the biggest change with iOS 15. Already because it now allows you to invite people on Android by sharing a simple link, an important policy change at Apple.

You will also find a portrait mode in video to better focus attention on you, an isolation of your voice to reduce noise or a new presentation in mosaic when grouped discussions with a large number of participants.

Spotlight even more powerful

Spotlight, the internal search engine of iOS, becomes a little more powerful. It can now search your gallery for photos based on their location, the people in them, objects, text, etc.

The search engine also incorporates more information from the Web for searches about actors, musicians, TV shows or movies.

Live text : text recognition

Live Text uses artificial intelligence to recognize text in an image. Whether the image is taken and stored on your iPhone or from the Internet, just swipe your finger over it to analyze, copy or search it.

Safari, weather and maps improve

The applications are also updated. Safari has a brand new design that is easier to access with one hand and highlights the content of the open web page. A tab bar also makes it easy to switch between tabs, or create groups of tabs to perfectly segment your activities.

Finally, Apple Maps switches to 3D in some cities for more detailed views. Roads are also better marked with the indication of crosswalks, bus lanes, tramways, etc. So you can see more clearly during navigation.

Conclusion

iOS 15 also brings an updated health app for sharing data with loved ones, more privacy and transparency for apps, visual search, more keys available in Wallet, new Memoji as well as a “Shared with you” section in the Messages app to easily find media that someone has sent you.

What are you waiting for to install it?

5 tips to secure your Android smartphone

5 tips to secure your Android smartphone

We have more and more personal information stored inside our cell phones. Here’s how to prevent it from being stolen.

It’s hard to miss the daily use of our smartphones these days. If at the beginning, we used them mainly to go on Facebook and play Candy Crush, we can now, with a few taps on our screens, check the state of our finances, do our tax returns and show our credentials to enter a restaurant. We therefore have our entire lives at our fingertips, but also at the fingertips of cybercriminals and thieves of all kinds. All the more reason to secure your terminals to avoid unpleasant surprises.

We therefore offer you some advice to avoid the worst.

1- Avoid wild APK files

Even if the omniscience of Apple and Google can sometimes annoy, it must be recognized that it is more secure to download your applications from the App Store and the Play Store than anywhere else. The official stores are supposed to attest to the maximum security of the files available. Each time a new application is offered, it is first analyzed by the platforms that guarantee its quality before it arrives on the virtual shelves. Moreover, thanks to the description of each one, you know which personal data will be recovered by the designers. As much as you can, avoid downloading APKs from unsecured sites because the risk of ending up with a virus is high. However, you should know that if we redirect you, on Android-MT, to an external source, it is because we have verified its quality.

2- Update your apps and system

It’s a habit to get into, even if it annoys you to have to make room on your internal storage and restart your phone afterwards, but you absolutely must always update the operating system of your phone. This will always secure your device and close the existing loopholes that hackers could use to get to your data. Hackers are always evolving their methods, so you should always be up to date on your phone. The same goes for your application updates.

3- Be careful with the permissions you give

Even if we tend to click faster than our shadow to install an application on our smartphones, it is important to be careful with the permissions you give it. Sometimes information is retrieved that makes no sense at all. That WhatsApp asks you for access to your microphone is pretty logical. That a flashlight accesses your geolocation does not. Knowing the plethora of offers available on the stores, don’t just jump on the first app at the top of the results and be a little careful. From Settings>Applications, it is possible to have a detailed account of the authorizations granted to such or such app in case of doubt.

4- Use a password manager

It’s tempting to use the password saving feature of browsers, but it’s still best to use password managers. These programs work like safes that keep your logins and codes safe and secure and offer end-to-end encryption of your data. You will find for example free solutions like BitWarden and Keepass2Android. If you also use these managers on your PCs, you can even synchronize them with your smartphones.

5- Use a VPN

When you’re in public spaces and don’t want to dip too much into our data plan, it’s quite tempting to connect to open WiFi hotspots. However, these public networks are not always very secure and your personal data can be retrieved by other people connected at the same time as you. In these cases, we recommend using VPNs that will allow you to mask your activity.

Apple unveils iPhone 13: Improved cameras, more performance, better battery life and 120 Hz

Apple unveils iPhone 13: Improved cameras, more performance, better battery life and 120 Hz

As expected, the American giant officially lifted the veil on the new iPhone 13 smartphone series, but not only that, as it also presented the new iPad and iPad Mini as well as the new connected Apple Watch. Here is a small review of the announcements.

The presentation began with the announcement of the new iPad and iPad mini, Apple’s tablets, and then came the time to unveil the new design of the Apple Watch, which now benefits from a screen that is intended to be unbreakable and which is a little more on the edges than the previous generation. But what interests us more here is the new series of smartphones, the iPhone 13. It is well named iPhone 13 and not iPhone 12s as some people thought, given the small improvements made. There is an iPhone 13 mini, an iPhone 13, an iPhone 13 Pro and an iPhone 13 Pro Max.

All the iPhone 13 benefit from the new Apple A15 Bionic chip that replaces the A14 Bionic processor found on the iPhone 12. This chipset promises more power to the device and in particular the possibility to go further in the field of photo and video. But before seeing the components, note that the iPhone 13 are all thicker offering a thinness of 7.65 mm against 7.4 mm for the previous generation. This is mainly due to a larger battery, but Apple has not yet communicated on their respective capacity according to models. The manufacturer was content to indicate a better autonomy for all its smartphones without more details either on the possibility of a fast charge or not. All are capable of being recharged wirelessly and for the Pro versions to offer reverse charging. If the iPads are now moving to USB-C connectivity, this is not the case for the iPhone 13 which remain with Lightning connectors.

Same design and same connectivity

The design is identical to the iPhone 12 series with the only difference being the rear photo sensors which are now installed diagonally and the front notch which is slightly smaller. The iPhone 13s offer exactly the same connectivity as the iPhone 12s with Wi-Fi 6, 5G, NFC and an mmWave module to pick up nearby connected objects. The screen is also the same as the previous generation’s at the pixel level. The only difference is that the Pro and Pro Max models benefit from a 120 Hz refresh rate thanks to the Pro Motion technology inherited from the iPad Pro. This allows them to offer an adaptive frequency that adjusts automatically depending on the application in use. The iPhone 13 are always waterproof, certified IP68.

Reorganization of the photo modules and new video functions

The iPhone 13 series offers a different organization of the photo sensors at the back with, for the mini and standard versions, a diagonal positioning because of the main sensor now equipped with an optical image stabilizer requiring a little more space to fit. This allows the mobile to offer longer exposure times and more limited movement. It is still a 12-megapixel sensor that is also used for wide-angle photos. The Pro and Pro Max versions also have a third 12-megapixel sensor, also stabilized, which allows for a 3x optical zoom. There is always the Lidar sensor. A macro mode is also provided with the ability to shoot at 2 cm from the subject. The front photo lenses are the same as on the iPhone 12. Note that Apple offers a new mode for filming: the Cinematic Mode. This is to offer directors and content creators the ability to make a “double focus” to focus on a subject and, in the same shot sequence, to produce it also on another subject, more in the background, for example. This function will be manual or automatic.

The other big news in terms of video is the possibility for the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max to film with a Pro Res quality, which could be compared to RAW in the field of photography. This format is mainly dedicated to post-production, which will be able to extract a maximum of metadata in order to make the most of the sequences thus produced. Note that this feature will arrive later this year, with an update. For the photo, a new option called Photographic Style allows you to keep the settings of a shot in memory to reuse them in another context. The iPhone 13 offers at least 128 GB of storage space (the Pro versions will not be able to support the Pro Res video format in this version), but also 256 GB, 512 GB and, only for the Pro and Pro Max, up to 1 TB of internal memory without the possibility of additional expansion.

It remains for Apple to specify the amount of RAM embedded in each model as well as the capacity of the batteries, because during its presentation, the manufacturer remained evasive on these two points as well as on the possibility of a fast charge.

Prices and availability dates

The new iPhone 13 will be available for pre-order from September 17 at 2pm from the manufacturer’s website for availability in stores from September 24.

Count on prices of $699 for the iPhone 13 mini of 128 GB, $799 to have 256 GB and $999 for the 512 GB version.

For the iPhone 13, it will be offered at $799 for 128 GB, $999 for 256 GB and $999 for 512 GB.

The iPhone 13 Pro will be available at $999 for 128 GB, $1,099 for 256 GB, $1,299 for 512 GB and $1,499 for 1 TB.

Finally, for the iPhone 13 Pro Max count on respective prices of $1,099, $1,199, $1,399 and $1,599 for the versions of 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB and 1 TB.

How to locate a lost cell phone

If you have lost your phone, you will find in this guide some tips to locate it.

We’ve all experienced the existential panic of losing our smartphone. First, you check your purse or work bag. You look under your bed and between the couch cushions. You even check to see if it’s still plugged into the charger! But no, your smartphone is nowhere to be found.

Not knowing what to do, you start to retrace your steps. Your smartphone is neither in the bathroom nor in the kitchen. Then you even look inside your refrigerator in case you accidentally put it there when you started to prepare dinner. If this scenario sounds familiar, you’re not alone.

In fact, the feeling of dread goes far beyond the loss of a wallet or your house keys. In addition to the monetary value of your phone, it collects a lot of personal information.

With thousands of queries per month, “how do I find my smartphone” is one of the most common problems people face in everyday life. Fortunately, there are many ways to locate your lost or misplaced phone. Read this guide to learn more.

Locate your lost phone with your Google Account

The easiest way to locate a lost phone is to use a Google account. However, it should be noted that this method is only for those who have an Android device. In addition, the smartphone must be turned on and is connected to your Google account. This will automatically activate the “Locate my device” setting.

In fact, you should know that Google is the owner of Android. Therefore, smartphones that use this operating system come with certain Google applications pre-installed, including Google Maps, Gmail and the Google Play Store.

How do I do it?

To locate your smartphone, access your Google account via your computer’s web browser. Then, type “Locate my device”. This displays a map with the last known location of your device.

If you’ve misplaced your phone in your house

If your smartphone is somewhere in your house but you can’t remember where you put it, you can turn on your device’s ringer, even if it’s set to silent. This way, your smartphone will ring for five minutes while you look for it.

If you have lost your phone somewhere else

If your smartphone isn’t at home and you need to go somewhere to retrieve it, you can secure it to ensure that no one can access your personal data. First, set a password that only you can unlock. Then, send a message to anyone who finds your smartphone. This could be a phone number or a public place to retrieve it.

If your smartphone has been stolen

If you have no chance of recovering your smartphone or it has been stolen, you can erase all the data inside. However, use this option only as a last resort. In fact, once the phone is deleted, you will never be able to locate it again. Also, keep in mind that if you have an SD card, deleting the data from your smartphone will not delete the card’s contents.

Locate your smartphone via the features offered by the manufacturer

If you don’t have a Google account, there are still other options for locating your phone. In fact, most devices come with a tracking app.

Case of Samsung

Let’s take Samsung devices as an example, they have a setting called Mobile Tracking, which works in the same way as Google’s Locate My Device. Therefore, if the setting is enabled, you can track your smartphone through the app or online via the website.

Make sure that this setting is always enabled. This way, you can find the last known location of your smartphone. In fact, it has the same capabilities as Google, with the addition of some handy features. With Mobile Tracking, you can retrieve messages and phone calls, and even extend the battery life.

In the case of an iPhone

Apple has a proprietary application called Locate. In fact, it is pre-installed on every iOS device. To locate an iPhone, the only requirement is that you need to use another iOS smartphone, tablet or computer with the Locate app. Here’s how to do it:

Tap Settings > Your Apple ID (name) > Locate .

Then tap the “Enable Offline Search” and “Send Last Location” switches. This helps you determine where you last left your smartphone in case Internet services are currently disabled.

Once you’ve set all these controls, go back to Settings > Apple ID and scroll down to see all your devices. Then tap on the iPhone you lost. This will show you a map that shows you its exact location and directions to it.

As with Android devices, the service also gives you the option of playing a sound on your smartphone, marking it as lost. You can also send a message to your smartphone in lost mode. In addition, you have the option to delete the data in your device, in case it falls into the wrong hands.

Locate your lost phone with a third-party application

Although using Google’s built-in device tracker is the easiest way to locate your phone, you can also use a third-party application to find it.

With these apps, you can not only track your smartphone using GPS, but you can also read text messages, forward your calls, lock the smartphone, etc. In addition, you can erase the data in your device and SD card in case of theft.

Some apps like Where’s My Droid even allow you to use your smartphone’s camera remotely. In fact, this feature is incredibly handy if someone steals your smartphone, as you can take a picture of the thief and hand it over to the authorities.

Locate your phone using the IMEI number

If you want to locate your smartphone with the IMEI number, you need to download a third-party IMEI tracking app, like IMEI Tracker-Find My Device for example. However, it is best to use this method as a last resort.

Basically, the IMEI number is a 15-digit combination that is unique to your smartphone. You can find it in the “About” section of your smartphone’s settings. It is also located behind the battery of your device. Whenever you buy a new smartphone, always write down the IMEI and keep it in a safe place.

In fact, if your smartphone has been stolen, you can report the IMEI number to the authorities. In addition, you can also block the number so that no one else can register the smartphone in the future.

The iPhone 13 would support LEO communication, but what is it?

The iPhone 13 would support LEO communication, but what is it?

Apple would secretly work on the integration of a new technology: satellite telecommunication. Instead of using terrestrial antennas, the new iPhone could communicate directly with the sky via a constellation of satellites in low earth orbit.

The iPhone 13 should be announced in September and marketed in the wake, the information and indiscretions about it do not stop to break for a few weeks. It’s hard to see more clearly, but we should know soon enough. In the meantime, a new information has just arrived. According to Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst specialized in Apple issues, the iPhone 13 would offer a LEO satellite connection.

What is a Leo Connection ?

LEO stands for low earth orbit, which is translated into French as l’orbite terrestre basse or OTB. This is an area of the Earth’s orbit that extends up to 2,000 kilometers above the Earth’s atmosphere.

It is in this zone that the vast majority of artificial satellites are located, for telecommunications and imaging (weather, surveillance, intelligence, etc.). One can theoretically connect to a satellite anywhere on the surface of the Earth, this is what Elon Musk is setting up with Starlink.

The advantage of this low orbit is that it does not require the power that is used by geostationary satellite systems (35,000 kilometers above the Earth’s surface). Lightweight communication systems have been available since the late 1980s, but they require adapted and compatible equipment. According to Ming-Chi Kuo, the iPhone 13 would be compatible with these systems. The proposed speeds are low, equivalent to 3G, they allow mainly to make calls and send messages, but also to browse the web.

More concretely, the iPhone could support the frequency bands emitted by these satellites to exchange data. The new iPhone range would have a Qualcomm X60 chip customized to support communication via LEO satellites.

Today, the speculations around the new means of communication on the iPhone are not clear. Apple could offer this service for free but limit it to its services (FaceTime and iMessage). We also do not know if this service will be available in all countries, it is necessary that the territory is covered and it depends on operators (Iridium, Inmarsat, etc.)

How to use the IMEI number to track your lost android phone

How to use the IMEI number to track your lost android phone

Many fans have raised the question: how to use the IMEI number to track your lost device?

Here is the solution. A recent study shows that 75 million phones are lost every year. Without a SIM card, GPS location or Internet access, it can seem like everything is lost when your phone goes missing. But did you know that you can use the IMEI number to track your lost Android phone?

IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) is a unique 15-digit code authorized by the GSMA, just like an identity certificate for your

As an identity certificate for your phone. Whenever a phone uses a particular network to make or receive a call, send or receive a message, its IMEI number is automatically issued and tracked.

Since the police and service providers have databases in which these numbers are blacklisted and whitelisted, an owner can provide his or her IMEI number and blacklist it after a theft.

In our daily life, some people use a Bluetooth GPS tracker to locate nearby smartphones

However, this approach has distance limitations. If, unfortunately, your phone has been taken out of the 10 meter range, use the IMEI number and a theft tracking device to find out where it is and turn it into a simple brick for the thief.

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How to get the IMEI of your phone

To get the IMEI number of your Android phone, it is easy to know the number. The quickest way is to dial * # 06 #, a command to display the unique identifier. Another easy way to find the IMEI number is to navigate to “Settings” and press “About Phone” to check the IMEI code of your Android phone. In most cases, the IMEI number can be found on the back of a phone or under the removable battery.

If your phone is lost but the packaging is still intact, you can still find the IMEI number on the label.

Please note that if your phone supports two SIM cards at the same time, there are two different IMEI numbers.

Locate your lost phone with an IMEI tracking application.

There are many phone tracking apps available for you on Google Play, such as AntiTheft App and IMEI Tracker.

Most can be activated by the text messages you send. Other supports use the IMEI number. Let’s take the first one for example.

  1. Search for “IMEI Tracker” in Google Play, look for “AntiTheft App ou IMEI Tracke Location of all phones” on your phone. Make sure your phone is running Android 4.4 or higher. Then, start installing the app. Locate your lost phone with an IMEI tracking app.
  2. Once the installation is complete, launch the app. Give all permissions requested by the app, including contacts, calls, storage, SMS and location. If you need to track your phone, all these permissions will be required to enable all features.
  3. Press “Continue” to continue after watching a short commercial. This free app is great, but the only problem is that it contains ads that you have to watch.Unfortunately, you can’t ignore the ads. If the video hasn’t loaded yet, you won’t be able to move on to the next step.
  4. Enter the IMEI number of your lost Android phone, check your input and tap on “iste”. A small window with a list of locations will appear, indicating the location and immediate proximity of your phone.

Conclusion

Using the IMEI number to track the lost phone is not the only function of an IMEI tracker. There are also some important anti-theft features you should be aware of.

To further protect your device, and before the theft, you should set the PIN code and remember it. Thus, you can control the stolen phone by sending the corresponding codes to give it alarms, send SMS about its real time location, synchronize the data with the device you are using, etc.

Samsung would bring a high-end feature to all its Galaxy A in 2022

Samsung would bring a high-end feature to all its Galaxy A in 2022

According to information from The Elec, Samsung plans to offer optical stabilization for all its mid-range smartphones next year.

When we look at the photo features of a smartphone, several criteria are to be taken into account. This is the case for the size of the photo sensor, the definition, the focal length of the lens or its focal aperture. However, one feature is often overlooked and yet can significantly improve the shooting: the optical stabilization.

For photos or videos captured at wide angle or with the telephoto lens, optical stabilization can greatly improve the shot. It must be said that the optical stabilization allows to reduce considerably the shakes and thus to avoid the problems in video, but also the problems of blur in photo. Often offered on the most high-end smartphones, optical stabilization of cameras is however generally forgotten on mid-range models. These are often satisfied with a simple electronic stabilization that will cut into the image and create a “jello” effect.

Nevertheless, it seems that Samsung is well aware of the limitations of simple electronic stabilization and is looking to significantly improve the photo quality of its mid-range smartphones for next year. According to the Korean website The Elec, which is generally well informed about the manufacturer’s plans, Samsung is planning to integrate optical image stabilization (OIS) on its entire Galaxy A range in 2022:

According to industry sources this Friday, Samsung Electronics is reportedly planning to expand optical stabilization integration to its entire Galaxy A mid-range next year.

This generalization of optical stabilization on Samsung’s mid-range would in fact be the logical continuation after the integration of OIS on some models this year. The manufacturer has already integrated optical stabilization on some of its smartphones: the Galaxy A72, the Galaxy A52 4G, the Galaxy A52 5G and the Galaxy A22 4G. Nevertheless, several models were content with a simple electronic stabilization, such as the Galaxy A22 5G, the Galaxy A42, the Galaxy A32 4G and the Galaxy A32 5G.

Optical stabilization as an answer to chinese manufacturers

However, we don’t know which cameras will benefit from this optical stabilization. We imagine that it will be mainly the main sensors, that is to say the wide-angle modules, or even, in some cases, the cameras with telephoto lens. Nevertheless, The Elec does not give more information on this subject.

The integration of such a mechanism on Samsung’s mid-range smartphones is mainly aimed at responding to a fiercer competition on the mid-range. If the Korean manufacturer has long been able to rely on its interface or the quality of its screens on this price segment, Chinese manufacturers are beginning to catch up, sometimes with other assets. On the Vivo side, optical stabilization is one of the main arguments for premium smartphones, especially with the Vivo X60 Pro, which is equipped with a gimbal to stabilize its main camera.

How to unlock an iCloud locked iPhone

How to unlock an iCloud locked iPhone

Your new iPhone is locked? Its former owner is no longer available or reachable? Then it seems like a real problem!

You should know that there is always a solution in every case. We will see below the method that will allow you to unlock an iPhone on iCloud.

Blocking the iPhone for security reasons

The iPhone is one of those smart phones that protect the data of its users as well as possible. However, in some situations, it could go wrong. By playing the security card, your mobile could even prevent you from using it, even though you are the owner. Why does it do this?

Simply because the iPhone doesn’t necessarily know that it is dealing with a new user (for example). It thinks that it has been stolen, so it will block itself and everything will become unusable at first sight. It may ask you for confirmation of your identity for any functionality. If this happens, you will have to fill in the Apple ID, because the real problem here is related to the purchase of a second-hand device.

How to unlock an iPhone locked to iCloud

Contact the previous owner

Contacting the former owner of the phone is a solution that seems simple. Nevertheless, you have to manage to contact him and he must be able to give you the necessary information to unlock the iPhone. If you can already contact him, you will have already done half the work.

Next, he will have to give you the details related to his Apple ID, so that the old account can be closed. Close it and fill in yours directly. Everything will remain functional, so no worries.

If the former owner, for some reason, should refuse to submit his ID to you, you will have to adopt the following solution.

Remote unlocking via iCloud

If the former owner doesn’t want to communicate anything, he may be able to help you in a different way knowing that, after all, he sold his iPhone in order to make it functional for a new user. Many people do not know that it is possible to unlock the iPhone remotely from iCloud.

This is thanks to the “Locate my iPhone” feature. To access it, you must first log in to your iCloud account. The owner can do this with his personal Apple ID. Then, he must delete the mobile concerned, within the list of his devices. This operation is very fast and relatively simple, and it is enough to unlock the iPhone. The iPhone will no longer contain any trace of the old Apple ID.

So this is also an opportunity for you to create your own ID. The ball is in the owner’s court. With this method, he doesn’t have to mention anything to you. He can follow the following steps without needing the iPhone.

  • Open icloud.com > Enter your account information.
  • Click on Locate
  • Click on Delete iPhone – Erase and unlock iPhone

AnyUnlock – The iCloud unlocking method

If there is no solution left and the former owner is unreachable or unavailable for some reason, you can use the AnyUnlock – iCloud Unlock solution. The software will be able to unlock an iPhone locked on iCloud easily. The only thing you will need to unlock the iPhone is the USB/Lightning cable to connect it to your computer.

Unlocking iCloud is a fully automatic process. No action is required on your part after the operation is launched. On the computer, a message will indicate the end of the unlocking process (if it was successful). At that moment, your iPhone will be usable again.

Tips when selling or buying a used iPhone

You can avoid these small problems by taking some precautions from the beginning. Before buying a used iPhone, remember to check if an Apple account is still active and have the owner unlock it from his iCloud account. The best solution is still to buy it directly, so you don’t have to go back to the owner.

The same applies if you sell an iPhone yourself. Your Apple ID will prevent the future buyer from enjoying the iPhone’s features. Simply disconnect it from the list of devices that are connected to your iCloud account.

At the same time, don’t forget to back up your personal data and/or move them. Then return the iPhone to its original state by ensuring an update or reinstalling iOS, which is safer.

Conclusion

With AnyUnlock – iCloud Unlock, you don’t need anything to unlock an iPhone. Permanently remove the old owner’s Apple ID with just a few clicks, then immediately start using your new device.

This is a very easy to use software and highly recommended for iOS device lockout.