Track Phone Number Location

With the development of sophisticated smartphones and also more enhance mobile operating system, the ability to track your smartphones are getting less and less complicated. Gone were the days where once you lost your phone, there is minimal hope that you can ever get it back. With the addition of GPS technology in your smartphones, it opens up various functions and also inventions of new application based on this old technology. With GPS, you can get to where you want to go without getting lost, finding favourite restaurants and stores nearby and also for health reasons such as tracking your movement or daily exercise. With GPS also there are some apps that can now even track or locate the number that is calling you and get it located. There are several companies that are offering this services to track the phone number location for a fee such as LocAid (USA) or Bharatiya Mobile (India). There are also some applications developed by programmer to locate a phone number and this applications can be found in Google Play as well as Apple store.



However, if there is no commercial providers that are providing this services in your country, you can always check with your network operator for this services. The network operator sometimes charge a fee for this services or they can also provide it for free sometimes. The network operator can also track the cell phones by just using the IMEI number. This is due to the fact that each cell phones have a unique IMEI number in which it can be trace back to the nearest cell tower and also their GPS signals. The accuracy of this services to track a phone number to a specific location depends as many factors are involved. For instance, if a smartphone has enabled its Location Sharing or GPS settings, it may be possible to track the smartphones to its exact location. However, if the GPS is turn off, another way of locating that number is by using the Triangulation Tower method. The method of tracking the phone number triangulation is by using the nearest tower to the signal of the phone and through triangulation of signal strength with the three nearest towers, you can measure the nearest distance of that mobile phone and its location. However, not many countries offers the ability for any users to track a particular phone number locations. This depends on the seriousness of the government of that country to protect the confidentiality and privacy of its citizens. But with the social media age right now, the openness and lack of privacy some of this services are keeping the customers data, you can now even track a phone number location by using popular social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and even Google Hangout. However, this highly depends on the setting of the social media users in which information that they want to be public and which is strictly on confidential and privacy basis.


How to Find Lost Phone

The usage of mobile phone is expanding rapidly nowadays. Based on emarketer.com, it is estimated that in 2014, the total smartphones users will reach around 4.55 billion users and in 2017 it will reach up to 5.13 billion users. So, with all the smartphones lying around, the rate of lost phone will also increase. Based on an industry report, the Americans lost their mobile phones to a $30 billion worth of value in 2011 alone. The industry report also mention the higher crime rate of the city, the higher the report of lost phone filed. Another interesting fact is that the places that people usually lost their phone is in public places such as the restaurants and also their workplaces with coffee shops registered the most highest of people losing their phone.
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The laidback and relax environment of the coffee shops probably makes people forgot their smartphones perhaps. With the advance of smartphones, the loss of your phone does not just equate with loss of money value but also in terms of information value. In your smartphone now, you will have all your personal details such as your contacts, email list, social media account and also other private confidential such as your credit card info and also bank account. These are sensitive information and can be used wrongfully if it gets to the wrong hands.



So, with all the risk of losing a phone is getting higher, the more the ability to find and track your lost phone becomes a necessity. As the developer of smartphones realizes this, they have already embedded certain applications in their operating software to track your phone once it got lost. For iOS for example, they already have the Find My iPhone that can help track your phone once it is stolen or lost by using the GPS coordination of your smartphone. It can track real time and in the same time you can remotely erase data in the iPhone for security reasons. Android also have what they called the Android Device Manager which functions as a tracking program for your mobile devices that runs on an Android. However, there is also third party apps that functions as an Android Phone Tracker that can find your phone as well as remotely wipe your data.

However, if you are not using a smartphone, you will not have the access to this sophisticated tracking app. Therefore, tracking your phone will be quite tough. However, your network operator can do the tracking for you by using the triangulation method. Every time your lost phone is connected to the network, the network can detect the nearest cell tower nearby and therefore can pinpoint the location of your phone. The network operator can do this by tracking your SIM card as well as using the IMEI number of your phone.

With the increase features of smartphones nowadays, smartphones has now become integrated to our lifestyle. Therefore it is an important devices that we must learn to protect and keep it close to our belongings. The know-how in retrieving your lost phone will also be an important knowledge as well as more applications will be developed in the future to track and find your lost phone.


Track Phone using Google Location History

A little known secret in the method of tracking phone and people is that we can use Google itself to do this. The feature is known as the Google Location History. Even though this feature has been a long time fearture in Google services not many people knew about it. It is enabled normally through the Android operating system based devices such as your phone or tablet. Normally when you setting up your new Android based phone or tablet, it will ask whether Google can transmit your location data. This data is help to determine the location of your device through locating your cell IDs and also Wi-Fi routers where your devices are connected. By knowing this info, Google can track your movement based on the signal it receives.

Google Location History

Apple also uses the same method in their ‘Find iPhone’ app installed in all of its mobile devices such as iPhone and iPad. So how do you able to track your phone using the Google location history? First thing you need to understand is the feature of the Google Location History itself. It originated from the Google Latitude. After the services was discontinued, some of the features of Google Latitude was being carried on by Google Location History. Google also introduced the Android Device Manager recently that also uses the information in the Google Location History.



The reason that your smartphones are reporting your location to Google or also known as Location Reporting. This vital information is transmitted from any mobile devices that you have opt for Location Reporting to be turned on. From the transmitted data, Google is able to store the location data as well as the location history of your mobile devices. Google uses the data to improvise its Google Now services and learns your daily routine in terms of commuting and also the daily routes that you normally take. This information gathered from a collective resources will help them to determine the best routes as well as the traffic condition of certain parts of the world.

Knowing that Google is tracking your mobile devices location is a bit of scary and creepy. But the truth is, many of the application in your smartphones are already doing the same thing. The transmit location data of where you are and one of the popularly used is Waze. So, before you are shouting to Google of privacy, take a closer look at other applications in your smartphone device that you are already giving consent to transmit your location. However, the good news is that the Location Reporting can be turned off. All you need to do is to find the label ‘Location’ in your Android setting device. Once there, try to find ‘Google Location Reporting’. There you will be able to delete your location history as well as to switch off the location tracking. This way it will block Google to track your Android based mobile device. Other devices probably have different settings, but normally it can be turned off in the same manner.