How to track a phone

Find out how to keep tabs on your phone with these helpful tracking tips

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Tracking someone else’s phone without their permission

It’s always best to be upfront about tracking somebody and respect their right to privacy, but if you absolutely must track a phone without the owner’s consent or knowledge (i.e. if you’re a parent), here are a few tips on how to do it.

Tracking a smartphone user is relatively simple using the methods above. If they’re below a certain age, then they’ll be using your Google or Apple account, so you can log into the Find My Device or Find My iPhone services and see the phone’s location on a map. You might also consider using Find My Friends. If those options don’t work for you, then you’ll have to install a tracking app on the person’s phone. Apart from what we listed above, there are dozens of other apps out there that will get the job done. If you do install an app and don’t want them to notice, then you may want to remove the app icon from the home screen and hide it in a folder.

Tracking a non-smartphone user is a bit more difficult since there aren’t as many options. If the phone is GPS-enabled, install AccuTracking on it. Go through all the necessary steps to set up the account and make sure that it works. Once again, you need to hide the app icon in a folder if you don’t want them to notice it.

Since you’re already looking for protection for your mobile device, why not check out our lists of the best Android security apps and the best iPhone security apps?

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