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Is it Possible to Track A Phone If It's Off

author_icon Cody Walsh time_icon Last updated Jun 28, 2019 11:41 am tips_icon Track

Honestly, it is close to impossible to track turned off phone. Most of the apps and services available on the internet are designed to track the GPS or the Wi-Fi of the smartphone. So, when the device is turned off all those features gets shut down, making it impossible to track the said device. But there is a silver lining if you have taken preliminary preparations for a situation like this.

As Android users, you have access to Google's Find My Phone and enabling it will at least help you to view the last known location of your switched off device. Another option is to install a 3rd party tracking program, which will also show you the last known location of the device. Also, you can just hope if luckily someone found your mobile and plugged it to a charging station, these methods can help you find it.

First Try: Locate Turned off Phone Using Google Account

If you have lost your phone, there are multiple ways to figure out its location. Unfortunately, if the device is turned off, the task gets that much harder. Google's Find My Phone service may help to track a track switched off phone. Although, the feature has to be activated in advance!

Basically, Google will always keep track of your location and after activating the service, so it will still show your the last known location if the device is turned off. Then, you will be able to use that information to determine the approximate position and hopefully find the phone.

1. Using Google's Find My Phone

So, if you ask can you track a phone if it's off using Google Account? The answer is yes. If Find My Phone service was activated on your mobile that is now switched off, you will be able to check its last known location via internet. But again, the mentioned Google's service needs to be activated in advance.

Step 1: Open Find My Device app from another computer, tablet of a smartphone.

Step 2: Now, sign in with your credentials.

Step 3: The lost device gets a notification. On the map you will be able to view its current location. Unfortunately, as your device is turned off, only the last known location of the device will be visible.

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So, this is the way to get the last known location of the switched off device using Google's Find My Phone service.

2. Using Google Timeline

The Google Timeline was formerly known as Google Maps Location History. The name was recently changed by Google but this service is capable of showing the last known location of a turned off device, too.

The use of Google Timeline is quite different from Find My Device as the Timeline does not focus on tracking the location of your turned off device. Although, you can use still use this feature to locate your phone. As mentioned earlier, if your Android device is turned on, then you can use the location history data to identify the last recorded location. This means, even if your phone's battery run out you might still be able to find it. Here's how to do it;

Step 1: Go to Your Timeline and make sure that the date is properly selected.

Step 2: On the left side you will see your complete timeline which contains all the names of the stored locations.

Step 3: At the right hand side you will see all the locations visited pointed out on a map.

google timeline

The Timeline uses cell tower IDs and Wi-Fi logger to record the location data. So, the accuracy of the results will vary but you will at least be able to get an approximate zone of the last location of the device.

So, all these methods can only be integrated on Android devices. You may ask how to find a lost iPhone that is turned off? Well, except for the mentioned Google methods, Apple also provides an intergrated Find my iPhone feature that works to track the cell phone location.

So, you can use Find my iPhone when phone is off and get the last known location. Overall, the procedure is same as that of its Android counterpart. You need to take preparations before you can track it down, in case, it is lost.

Second Try: Track Switched off Phone using 3rd Party Apps

3rd party tracking apps can be an effective choice if you want to find your lost phone. Most of these apps come with location tracking feature that offers real time tracking services. Our choice is KidsGuard Pro and installing this professional 3rd party on the device in advance will effectively help you to locate turned off phone. You will be able to get the last known location of the said device to get an approximate radius. KidsGuard Pro starts tracking the target device continuously. The app uses a capable GPS tracker that tracks the device in real-time and the location history gets updated every 5 minutes. This helps you to determine the movement of the device. So, even after the device is turned off, you can assess the last known location and find the switched off phone.

Here's how to know the last known location and the location history of the switched off mobile via the web portal of KidsGuard Pro.

Step 1: Login KidsGuard Pro web portal with your account.

Step 2: You will have access to the dashboard. Go to the Location tab and you will get all the desired information.

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Always remember, installing KidsGuard Pro app on your smartphone is a preliminary preparation. Whenever you lose your mobile, the app will be there to help you find it. Still, if you haven't lost your mobile or there is no need to track a switched off mobile you can still use this stellar app for other purposes like real time location tracking, tracking location history and other preferable tracking services. These are the reasons we highly recommend KidsGuard Pro.

  • The app is very accurate, the address can be down to the street, longitude and latitude are also provided.

  • Using its state of the art algorithm, real-time GPS tracking and Wi-Fi logging are possible.

  • You will be able to analyse the Wi-Fi connection information in order to figure out the approximate location of the target device.

  • The current location clearly shows on the map view.

  • Date and time of the location are recorded.

  • You will be able to export locations to your computer.

  • Stealth tracking mode is available.

  • Other powerful features like social media monitoring, keystroke recording, call and SMS tracking, etc.

To get this app, you just need to go to on your mobile device and download the APK file. The installation and configuration steps are detailed on the app screen.

how to download kidsguard pro

Third Try: Report Lost Phone to Network Provider and Police

The methods discussed on the article above, are very effective for searching a switched off mobile phone. Unfortunately, this may not be enough if your device is lost and switched off at the same time. At such circumstances, you have to ask for help to your network provider or to the police in order to trace switched off mobile current location. You may not always get help from the network providers but it is possible for them to locate the lost cell phone using GMS. This way is not as effective as the previously discussed methods though.

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Write in the End

So, you can trace switch off mobile current location via the methods discussed in the article. These are very easy and effective ways to find the switched off mobiles if they are Android. If you are using an iPhone then, you have the Find My iPhone services available. You can also use our recommended KidsGuard Pro. Although, the chances of finding a turned off device is pretty low, if you have taken the preparations beforehand, you may just find it. On the other hand, if you generally worry about losing your phone or you are just too absent-minded and you have managed to lose your device a few times already; it would be best for you to enable Google location service or install KidsGuard Pro app on your device, just to be safe.

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By Cody Walsh

Posted on Jun 28, 2019 ( Updated: Jun 28, 2019 )

An experienced technology blogger and editor who has spent more than a decade writing about software, gadgets, and computing etc all over the Internet.