The term GPS have become a synonymous with our life and many people now are carrying one or two gadgets that have GPS enabled. GPS stands for Global Positioning System and it is one of the key component in tracking your phone’s position. This function have become a pre-requisite to any smartphones available in the market. However, manufacturers and developers will give the option to users to either turn on or turn of GPS on the phone. The GPS function have also become the key backbone for many apps that is being developed for the smartphones.
The GPS function is normally embedded as a default in many of the smartphones available in the market. GPS is basically a technology that uses space-based satellite navigation system that will allow information such as location to be distributed and accessible by a GPS receiver. Almost all smartphones are equipped with a GPS receiver and therefore allows it to receive information on location from the satellite. However, some user probably wants to protect some of its privacy and therefore it is best sometimes to disable the GPS. So, how you can disable a GPS in your smartphones.
Depends on the settings of your phones, normally the function to turn on or off the GPS is located in the settings of your smartphones. If you are using iPhone, the best way to disabled or enabled the GPS locator is by following this step:-
Step 1 Open the iPhone’s setting
Step 2 Look at privacy section
Tap the ‘Location Services’ and turn off the location services.
By turning the location services off, you will not be able to track your phone using the “Find My Iphone”. You can also turn off the GPS locator on each of the individual apps. If you are using Android, the similar function can be found by opening settings and then choose location and then uncheck the GPS satellite. This will turn off the function of GPS in your android phones. But by disabling your GPS settings, you will not be able to use apps that relies on GPS such as navigation apps.
The iPhone has become an important device to its user more so that the iPhone users will normally bring this mobile device everywhere there go. The iPhone have become a necessity for the users not just the use for connectivity but as well as entertainment, as navigation for guide to places, accessing the internet as well as doing some spread sheet office work as well. However, unfortunate event does happen when you least expected and this also involves losing your iPhone. This can happen either you misplaced it or it was stolen. Good thing for the users of iPhone is that iPhone can be considered as a small powerful computer that have GPS installed in it. With the wonders of modern technology, you can actually track your iPhone as long as it is not switch off and is connected to the internet. Here we will list down the top 3 ways you can track your iPhone if you did lost it.
1. Track using Find iPhone App
The best method to track your lost iPhone is by using the ‘Find iPhone’ app that already pre-installed in your iPhone. The app is available for any Apple devices that have iOS 5 and above. Any users of Apple devices will have a unique Apple ID in which they are recognized within any of their Apple devices. If you have an iPhone and an iPad, it is likely that you are using the same Apple ID.
The good thing about having the same Apple ID throughout your Apple devices is that all your Apple devices interconnected to one another in iCloud. The reason for this is for the seamless interaction you can have with your data or files that you can share or upload across multiple Apple devices. With the iCloud environment, you are able to track where are your Apple devices are located in a map. Below are the steps.
Login to your Apple account or iCloud account using other devices such as iPhone, iPad or MacBook.
Step 2 It will then show your iPhone location in a map. However, the iPhone must be connected to the internet via Wi-Fi or Cellular network for it to show in the map
Step 3 You have the option of play sound if you find that the iPhone is nearby, or erase the data if your iPhone is stolen and do not want any confidential information to fall in the wrong hand, or put it on lost mode.
2. Track your iPhone using the internet
Besides the Find iPhone app, you can actually use other different apps and also services out there to track your iPhone. Remember that your iPhone is a small powerful computer that has an embedded GPS in it. Therefore, you can use this function to track your iPhone using other options such as Google and also third party apps. If you want to track your iPhone using Google Timeline, below are the steps.
You can start by visiting Google Timeline. Just type Google timeline in the Google search engine.
Step 2 Login to your Google account. The Google timeline will then show the last location of your iPhone was connected via the internet or cellular network.
3. Track your iPhone using IMEI
IMEI stands for International Mobile Equipment Identity and which typically consists of 15 numbers. Your iPhone have a unique IMEI number. You can obtain your IMEI number by typing *#06# at your keypad and it will show you a 15 string of numbers. That number represents your iPhone IMEI and only unique to your iPhone. Another way to know your IMEI iPhone number once you lost your phone is by looking at the back of your iPhone at the bottom. However, if you already lost your iPhone and did not recorded your iPhone’s IMEI number, you can always look at the box packaging that comes with your iPhone when you first purchased it. Normally, it is included together with the Box. What you can do with that IMEI number is to bring the number to your cell phone network operator and request for it to be blocked once it is connected to the network. However, some disclaimer here – Not all network operator have a tracking services for lost phone. Read more on how to find your phone using IMEI here. Below are the steps.
Type *#06# at your keypad. Your iPhone screen will show a 15 digit string of number. That is your iPhone’s IMEI number. Record it and keep it somewhere safe.
Give the IMEI number to your Cellular Network Provider for them to track it. However, please check with your service provider as not all provide this services.
If you are an avid user or just starting to use mobile devices and smart gadgets, you would probably be stumbling upon the famous used acronym GPS. So, what does GPS stand for? GPS stands for Global Positioning System. GPS is basically a system that operates globally in which dedicated satellites are used to track the location of any GPS receivers and transmitters anywhere in the world. A signal is sent from the ground station or any GPS devices to the constellation of 24 satellites circumventing our earth. The smartphones nowadays are all embedded with a GPS receiver in which it can send signal as well as receive signal from the GPS satellite. Therefore, it can pinpoint the exact location of the devices equipped with the GPS wherever you are located in the world.
The accuracy of the position depends on many factors such as the weather and also if the signal are blocked by buildings, mountains and other tall structures. The technology originated from the Cold War era and at that time, MIT scientists noticed the Doppler Effect from the Sputnik satellite orbiting the earth. The Doppler Effect can be used to determine a location by analysing its signal strength as the signal move or faded away. By using this concept, a location can be accurately determined. The first ever fully operational GPS however was launched by the US back in 1989. Only in 1999, Benefon, a phone manufacturer first embedded the GPS into their phone. Since then, almost all smartphones now have GPS capability as mandatory in their phone as many applications used the GPS as input and output for their application and functionality. The GPS has enabled your phone to be track anywhere in the world as long as you enabled that feature in your smartphones. As of the current progress, the US have launched 24 GPS satellites up into the orbit. With the solid GPS infrastructure laid in place, software and applications that have been developed based on this infrastructure and platform have also making great strides. There are now many real-time applications that can help individuals and businesses to make processes much faster and improve as well as assisting people’s daily lives. The GPS has now become a necessity as people becoming more mobile, the need to keep track location of people as well as assets is becoming crucial. The GPS or Global Positioning System has now laid the foundation for creative programmers and developers to create more innovative applications that utilizes the GPS and enhance the quality of our life.