How To GPS Track a Cell Phone
If you have got your phone stolen, or you are worried about your kid’s use of phone, you can benefit from GPS technology in order to monitor a mobile phone and position its location whenever you want to. Based on whose phone you are going to track, the right method will be chosen. Below we have discussed some methods to help you keep tabs on your kid or get your stolen or lost phone back with ease.
Methods to monitor someone else’s cell phone.
Contact your service provider. Should you have a family plan, probably that plan will let you activate tracking on the same plan. Particularly, this is a good idea if your kids have smartphones on your cell phone plan. This way you can keep close tabs on them with ease. Some of the most common providers include AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon. All of these providers offer family locator plans for cheap.
Buy a third party app and install it on the target phone. You can find a plethora of third party phone tracking apps allowing you to monitor devices with ease. All you have to do is to install the software on the phone you want to keep tabs on.
Keep in mind you cannot track any phone unless you have installed the app on the phone, and for this you should obtain permission from that person.
In most countries, tracking someone’s phone without their permission is considered a punishable crime.
Ask your family or mates to sign into the network you are using. Some tracking apps let you share information about your whereabouts with other users specified by you. This is a great idea for families with many phones, and the family members want to keep a check on one another. You can try out applications, such as Google+, Cozi, Live360, Find My Friends, and Glympse.
Methods to track your own cell phone
Monitor your lost or stolen iPhone: Should you own an iPhone with an Apple ID, using your iPad or any PC, you can monitor the location of your phone. All Apple devices with the feature allow you to track their location. Follow the steps below.
Launch the “Find My iPhone” application. There are two ways to install this app on your iPad or PC: You can go to the iCloud website to download it, or you can download it from the App Store on your device.
Once you have launched the app on your device, your next move is to log in to the app using your log in details. For using this service, click the Devices button. After the app shows up, a map will appear. Now, click on the Device button for opening a list of devices attached to your Apple ID.
Now, choose your missing phone from the list. As soon as you will choose your device, the map will try to track its location. Give it a couple of minutes to do the job.
If your phone is off or its battery is dead, you will the most recent know location of your phone on the map. However, you won’t be able to track its current location if the phone is switched off.
Track the location of your missing Android phone. Should you have an Android smartphone, you may have a Google account as well. If your Google account is attached to your phone, you can easily track its exact location. All you have to do is to sign into your account on your PC, and go to Android Device Manager. From there you can easily see the location and its name on the map.
If you think you have lost your phone in your house somewhere, all you have to do is to hit the “Ring” button on the Android Device Manager, and your phone will start ringing at full volume for up to 5 minutes.
Position Windows Phone: You can track your Windows Phone if you have a Microsoft account attached to it. All you have to do is to go the Windows Phone web site.
Go to the website and hover your mouse on the My Phone button located in the upper-right corner and click on it. Now, you need log in using your user name and password.
Choose Find Phone. As soon as you choose it, a map will show up and pinpoint the most recent location of the phone.
So, this was a detailed article on how you can track different types of cell phone with ease. Whenever you leave your handset somewhere accidentally, you can always track it using the methods mentioned above. As you can see, tracking a phone is quite easy if you know the right method. Good luck.