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I'm new to this forum, I have lost my Xperia SL yesterday in a bus. I have registered police complaint with my IMEI number. I was trying to locate the phone using android device manager when someone uses my phone's internet. so far nothing is going correct.

When i log in to the google play with my email-id, my mobile phone model has been showing.

I have a doubt that, when the thief does a factory reset, and sign in using a new account in google play, will i able to still detect my phone with its registered model number? will i able to track my mobile with any of the technology? (I have not installed any tracking apps in my mobile). or i have to wait for the police to track it with my imei number?

Can anyone help me to clear my doubts?

I have not changed my password of my gmail, so that i may have the more possibilites of tracking my device.

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  • As soon as the device gets factory-reset, you can forget about tracking it with Google's Device Manager: As your Google Account on the device is gone then, there's no way for Google's DM to communicate with it. – Izzy Oct 8 '13 at 6:47
  • So the only way i can track it once my phone is factory reset is with the help of the police with my imei number!!!! – Raju.allen Oct 8 '13 at 6:50
  • Yes. Unless you've installed some anti-theft solution which integrates with the ROM (and thus survices a factory-reset). But even that would be gone as soon as a new ROM is flashed. As long as it's still working, you could take a second device and follow the lost one. Once in range that you should be able to see it, you could trigger the 5-minutes-permanent-ringer. In the hope for an "honest finder", who should take this as a proof and hand your device back to you. Don't wait too long, or the battery might be dead. – Izzy Oct 8 '13 at 6:59
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    @Izzy Why is this a comment and not an answer? – Dan Hulme Oct 8 '13 at 8:16
  • Good point. Summed up everything and made it an answer. Thanks for the heads-up! – Izzy Oct 8 '13 at 10:52
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As soon as the device gets factory-reset, you can forget about tracking it with Google's Device Manager: As your Google Account on the device is gone then, there's no way for Google's DM to communicate with it.

Unless you've installed some anti-theft solution which integrates with the ROM (and thus survices a factory-reset – a feature offered e.g. by Cerberus, if your device is rooted), you will have lost all control then. But even a ROM-integrated solution would be gone as soon as a new ROM is flashed.

As long as it's still working, you could take a second device and follow the lost one. Once in range that you should be able to see it, you could trigger the 5-minutes-permanent-ringer. In the hope for an "honest finder", who should take this as a proof and hand your device back to you.

Don't wait too long, or the battery might be dead!

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