First off, it’s not legal to track other people’s phones unless you’re police or has authority to do it. However, tracking your own cell phone is always legal so feel free to do it if you need to. This article will guide you on how to track your cell phone for free. You can surely find this guide helpful if you misplaced or lost your phone.
There are several tracking services out there but they’re not free and if you use a Samsung phone, you can always use the company’s Find My Mobile service to get its current location. But since we’re dealing with an Android phone, I will share with you the method that has already been proven effective and free.
Track a cell phone location for free using your Google Account
You don’t need to pay any service to know the exact location of your phone because once the prerequisites are met, you may be able to know where to find your device or do something to protect your data remotely. Since you use an Android device, you must also have a Google account since you’d be needing it in setting up your phone. You will be using such account to know the location of your phone provided that it’s connected to the Internet while it’s being traced. It must also be powered on because if not, then Google cannot find it. With all that being said, here’s what you must do to trace it…
Log on to Google’s Find My Device service. You may not know it but your phone is constantly being traced by Google and anytime you can access this service to know of your phone. All you need to do is log on to https://www.google.com/android/find using a web browser.
Log in using the Google account in your phone. If you’re using a computer and you haven’t logged into your account yet, then enter your username and password.
Select the phone you’re tracing. Once you’ve successfully logged in, you would be able to see your devices so click on the device that you lost or one that you want to trace. Among the information you can find on this page are the following:
- location of the device
- Brand and model
- Network name it’s currently connected if on WiFi
- Battery level
Assuming that you already have these information on your screen, you can do the following:
- Ring your device – if you’re in the same area with your phone but you can’t find it, then use the first option provided by Google; ring for 5 minutes. Even if it’s set in silent mode, it will still ring on full volume. You can then follow the sound to find it.
- Lock your phone and leave message – in case you lost your device or dropped it somewhere, you can lock the screen so no one can access it. Also, you can display a message on the lockscreen for anyone who finds it. You may put your address, phone number or any information that may help the finder to return it to you.
- Erase or reset your phone – if you have sensitive data saved in your device and if you think there’s no chance of finding it (if it’s intentionally been stolen), then it’s better to just erase everything in it. However, once a reset is done, you can no longer find it because the Google account used in it will also be erased. All your documents or files that are stored in the phone’s internal storage can no longer be accessed after doing this.
As far as tracing a cell phone location for free is concerned, this is one best option for you. I know there are other services out there but you may have to pay for it.
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