Is it possible to trace an iPhone by IMEI?

Thinkofnew November 11, 2013
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Hello,

I lost my iPhone some time ago and I had no iCloud account, nor had I enabled “Find my iPhone” before. I only have the IMEI on the box. Has anyone tried to track Iphones by IMEI? Is it possible?

Thank you

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  1. Jan F
    November 11, 2013 at 1:22 am

    Technically it is possible to track a phone using the IMEI but is usually reserved to law enforcement as it requires access to various providers infrastructure to identify the cellular tower the IMEI is currently communicating with.

    As a private person the best you can do is report the IMEI lost or stolen to prevent further usage on your providers network.

    More comprehensive answers can be found here:
    http://www.makeuseof.com/answers/how-is-the-imei-number-used-to-track-the-location-of-a-device/