How to Track Your Cell Phone
Need to keep tabs on the location of your Android phone? Here are a few easy tricks you can follow to find the exact location of your phone.
Tracking down a phone is quite easy, whether you’re going to use it to find your stolen or lost phone back or to spy on some. Thanks to Android phones, we don’t have to plant GPS tracking chips and such into someone’s phone to track it and installing software can easily be done by downloading an app. There are ways to track older non-smartphones but this will be harder.
Tracking your smartphone before you lose it
Make sure you are prepared for the day the unthinkable happens. This will make finding your phone back much easier. If you’ve got an Android phone, consider installing the app below.
Prey is a free and open-source anti-theft application that can be used both for Android mobile phones and mobile computers. After signing up for the service, simply sync your devices with it and your ready. The day you lose your phone, all you’ll have to do is go to a computer, log in to your account and start tracking. Prey runs discretely in the background of your phone and won’t start tracking until you tell it to, so you don’t have to worry about your privacy. Prey offers GPS and Wi-Fi geo-location services, SIM card change detection, a lock function, uninstall protection and more.
Tracking your smartphone after you lose it.
If you didn’t have the chance to install a tracking app before your phone got lost, there is still hope.
Try downloading the application Plan B. Even though your phone is gone, you can still install Plan B remotely by logging in to the Google Play store on your PC. When you click install, the app will be sent to your missing phone and will start installing. When the download is complete, it will send your phone’s location info to your email account and if you wish to receive extra updates, away from your PC, use a friend’s phone to text “Locate” to your lost phone. Your lost phone will then send a text with location info back.
Tracking someone else’s phone with their permission.
If you want to track somebody’s phone with their permission, try to call them first and ask them where they are, this might prove the easiest way. Then again, if you can’t always trust the person you are trying to locate, try Google Latitude. After you’ve installed the app on your phone, add the person you wish to track to send them an invitation. If that person approves the request, you’ll have complete access to their whereabouts on Google Maps. This option is especially useful for parents who need to keep an eye on their kids.
Tracking someone else’s phone without their permission.
Always respects someone’s right to privacy, but if you really have to track someone without their consent or knowledge, here are a few tips how to do it.
Tracking a smartphone is relatively simple as you’ve been able to read above. The easiest method to track someone else is to discretely install tracking app on that person’s phone. Do it when they’re sleeping or when their phone is unattended and don’t forget to hide the icon of whatever tracking app you install. You can try to hide it in an obscure folder and hope the person doesn’t notice it too soon or you could install an app hider program like AppHider to make the icon disappear entirely.
There are tons of apps out there which offer phone tracking. Are you using different apps? Got anything to share with us? Leave a comment below!