3 Ways to Track a Cell Phone Location Without Them Knowing

Jenson Walker Last updated May 31, 2019 06:39 pm Location Tracking

There may be many scenarios during which you may need to track a cell phone location without them knowing. Sometimes your child or any other family member may not answer your messages and calls, or your partner may be cheating on you, and when in such situations, you would generally panic and start trying out all methods to know the location of the cell phone.

You can do this in any of the three simple ways described below. You can either make use of some of the best cell phone tracker apps, try using Google Maps or you can even make use of the inbuilt app in your phones such as Find My Device or Find My iPhone. While all the methods described below are easy, only some of them prove to be useful. Find out more about this by reading on.

Way 1: Use Location Tracking Apps

These days, there are several location tracking apps which can be used to track a cell phone location without them knowing. Some advantages of using apps to locate a cell phone over the other methods are listed below:

Advantages of Using Location Tracking Apps

  • This is a very effective way to find out a cell phone's location.

  • The location information given out by these apps are mostly accurate.

  • You can track and locate a cell phone without letting the cell phone owner to know that their device is being tracked.

  • These apps always come with other great phone monitoring features as well.

Disadvantages of Using Location Tracking Apps

  • Sadly, most of these location tracking apps are not available for free.

  • You would need to access the target phone at least once to install any of these apps to start tracking the location of the target phone.

Top 5 Apps That can Track a Cell Phone Without Them Knowing

Want to know which are the best location tracking apps available online and how to track a cell phone without them knowing? The details are given below.

1. FamiGuard Parental Control App

This app works great to track a cell phone without them knowing. The inbuilt GPS tracker of this app instantly synchronizes the location of the target cell phone and gives you the most accurate information about the real time location of the target cell phone. Apart from the real-time location, the entire location history of the target phone would also be displayed. This dashboard can be accessed from any other device remotely. There are several other exciting features inbuilt in this app including geofence, location history, alerts, app activity and so much more. The only drawback of this app is that it does not go incognito on the target phone because the icon will stay on the target phone. However, a password would be required every time to access this app on the target phone.

famiguard location tracking

2. KidsGuard Pro App

This is known to be one of the most reliable location tracking apps of all times to track someone by cell phone number without them knowing. Almost every activity on the target phone can be closely watched. This app comes with an extensive list of inbuilt features which includes access to viewing call logs, browser history, videos, photos and other data stored on the target phone. The real time location tracking feature of this app is pretty accurate. The location history is also displayed on the dashboard of this app. Unlike the previous app, this app goes incognito as soon as it gets installed on the target phone, so the cell phone owner would not get to know that their cell phone is being monitored.

kidsguard pro location tracking

3. Hoverwatch App

This is one of the best phone tracker apps available online which has an excellent feature of location tracking as well. This app uses the inbuilt GPS in order to track a cell phone. This comes with an amazing geo-fencing feature which can be used to set location boundaries on the target phone. Whenever the cell phone crosses this boundary you would be notified immediately. Apart from this, Hoverwatch app can also be used to view incoming and outgoing text messages and calls, check the activity on popular social media platforms, view the browser history etc.

hoverwatch app

4. FoneMonitor App

With the help of this app, any important information or data on the target cell phone including its location can be tracked easily in a hassle free way. You would have to sign up and install this app on the target phone and once that is done, the last known location of the target phone will be displayed on the dashboard. And you can access the engaging dashboard of this app remotely from any other device at any time according to your convenience. This app can also be used to read the text messages and track more than 39 types of data on the target cell phone.

fonemonitor app

5. mSpy App

This is one of the leading phone tracker apps which come inbuilt with several features which can prove very beneficial when you are trying to track cell phone location free without them knowing. The location tracking feature of this app works extremely well and gives out accurate location of the cell phone on which it is installed. This app comes with other features as well including call and message monitoring, social media activity monitoring and so much more.

mspy app

Way 2: Take Advantage of Google Maps

If you do not wish to pay for a location tracking app, you can try out Google Maps to get to know the location of a cell phone. Here are a few advantages and disadvantages of this method.

Advantages of Using Google Maps

  • This way is completely free of cost.

  • Google Maps gives out the most accurate information about the location of the target phone.

  • Locating a cell phone using Google Maps is very simple.

Disadvantages of Using Google Maps

  • A notification generally pops up when you try locating a cell phone using Google Maps, through this the owner might get to know that you are trying to access their location.

  • You need to have the direct access to the target phone and also know its passcode to make the changes on Google Maps in order to get the real time location of the target cell phone.

Google Maps is an app but it can double as a feature which is inbuilt in almost all the cell phones. You can make use of this feature to share the location and also view the location history of the target cell phone. In order to do this, you would first need to physically access the target cell phone and make the necessary settings to enable location sharing. You can do this by following the steps below.

Step 1: Open Google Maps on the target cell phone and from Menu tap on "Share Location".

Step 2: Set the time period for which you would need access to the location of the target cell phone.

Step 3: Tap on "Select People" and choose your contact to share the location. You can even share the location through the message app.

location sharing

This way, you would get the real time location of the target cell phone for the set amount of period as specified by you.

Google Maps also provides the location history of a cell phone. You can view the location history of any phone by following the steps below.

Step 1: Launch Google Maps on the target cell phone.

Step 2: From the "Menu", tap on "Your Timeline".

Step 3: Tap the Calendar icon on the right side of the screen.

Step 4: Swipe right and left to select a date on which you need to check the location history.

Step 5: Tap on the required date.

google maps  timeline location history

The location history of the target cell phone on that particular date will be displayed on the cell phone screen.

Way 3: Track Via Find My Device or Find My iPhone

All the cell phones these days, including the iPhones as well as Android phones, come with an inbuilt feature like Find My Device or Find My iPhone through which the location of the cell phone can be tracked.

Advantages of Using This Method

  • You can use this method for free.

  • Just by knowing the account and the password, you can easily track a cell phone.

  • You can remotely trace the location of a cell phone online.

Disadvantages of Using This Method

  • Without knowing the Google account/Apple account details you cannot use these features.

  • This method works only when the target cell phone is switched on and has a decent network coverage.

  • This method works only if you have enabled Find My Device/Find My iPhone in your cell phone Settings.

You can follow the simple steps given below which are almost the same for both Find My Device as well as Find My iPhone feature.

Step 1: Open Find My Device for Android phone users and Find My iPhone for iOS device users.

Step 2: Sign in and select the device whose location you want to find out.

Step 3: The location of the target cell phone will be displayed on the screen.

google find my  device

This way you can easily use these inbuilt features to locate the exact location of the target cell phone.

Conclusion

All the three ways mentioned above to locate a cell phone by their number without them knowing are effective. They each have their own pros and cons. According to your requirement you can choose whichever method suits you the best. However, the best way to track a cell phone location secretly would be by downloading the third party apps. Out of all the apps mentioned above, FamiGuard is highly recommended due to the efficiency and accuracy of its monitoring features.

famiguard

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  • Set time limits and prevent screen addiction

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  • Get the real-time location every few minutes

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