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How to Find Current Location of a Cell Phone for Free - 4 Options

author_icon Megan Evans time_icon Last updated Oct 16, 2019 05:37 pm tips_icon Track

Did you lose your phone? Or your child is away from home, you doubt that he/she is in contact with the wrong crowd but you have no way of following him or her to keep them away from danger? All of these situations can be fixed in one way: by tracking the location of the missing device, or your child's phone.

With various current location tracker apps and even more system settings on different devices that allow you to do that, it is now very easy to track the current gps location. In this article, we share some of the most effective ways to find current location of cell phone.

1. Track Mobile's Current Location Using Android Device Manager (For Android)

If the device you need to track is an Android device, the best way to do it is to use the Android Device Manager. Aside from just tracking the device's location, this app can also help you set up a new password remotely, erase the phone remotely or make it ring. It is therefore the ideal way to track an Android device that has been misplaced or is suspected to have been stolen. Here's how to enable and use Android Device Manager to track the current location of an Android device:

Step 1: Check whether Android device is running the latest Android version. If not, upgrade the system to the latest version.

Step 2: If everything is already, sign in to the Google account.

Step 3: Turn on Location service on the target Android device.

Step 4: Open the Google Settings app on the Android device and click "Security." Ensure that the "Remotely locate this Device" is checked. The option of "Allow Remote Lock and Erase" shall also be enabled.

Step 5: Now open on the browser and log in with the same Google account.

Step 6: Select the device you want to track and you'll be able to view its current location.


2. Track Current Location of a Mobile Using Find My Friends (For iPhone)

The Find My Friends App can also help you locate your child. But they need to have AirDrop enabled and your kids also have to accept your request to share their location. Once your child has enabled AirDrop on their device, follow these simple steps to send a request to share their location.

Step 1: Open 'Find My Friends' and then tap 'Add.

Step 2: In the 'To' bar, add your child's name from the list or type it in.

Step 3: Tap 'Done' and they will receive the request.


3. Track the Cell Phone's Location Using Tools from Mobile Phone Service

Mobile Phone service providers will also provide you with tools that allow you to track a device's location. Verizon has an app known as Family Locator which you can purchase at $9.99 a month to track the real time location. The Family Locator App can track up to 10 devices on a single account.

T-Mobile on the other hand has the FamilyWhere app which you can also purchase and use to track the location of up to 10 devices on the same account. Creating your account on these apps is as easy as installing the app and setting it up.


4. Find Current Location of Cell Phone Using KidsGuard Pro Location Tracker

Another way to track any cell phone's current location is to use professional software. These programs are widely available and you typically have to install the app on the device you want to track.

KidsGuard Pro is the current location tracker that you can use to track the current location and location history of a cell phone. Apart from the feature of location tracking, KidsGuard Pro can also be used to view other exercises on your child's device to assure that the mobile phone is used in an appropriate way. For Android devices you'll have to install the app on the phone, then you can track the location of your child on your own computer. Here's how to use KidsGuard Pro to track a device's current location:

Step 1: Create an account on KidsGuard Pro website

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Step 2: Then download and install the app on an Android phone.


Step 3: After finishing the basic settings on the Android device, wait for a while to upload the data on the control panel. Then click on the "Locations" tab to find the current location of the target device.

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By Megan Evans

Posted on Jan 22, 2019 ( Updated: Oct 16, 2019 )

A certified content marketing specialist with great passion for Internet and online safety. She is bent on educating the audience about cyber safety tips and tricks.