Among the newest skills of the newest technologies is the ability to track a person via their cell phone number. There are free methods offered by smartphone manufacturers. Some monitoring software can locate a person’s cell phone without them knowing.
There are various reasons why a person may want to locate a cell phone without the owner’s permission. For example, a parent may want to keep an eye on the whereabouts of his or her child.Or a spouse suspecting his or her partner’s infidelity may want to use a method to locate someone. A team manager may wish to monitor an employee.
Here are the various ways to locate a cell phone without the owner’s permission. In the eyes of the law, only online monitoring as part of parental control is permitted.
How to locate someone without them knowing it
The best way to locate a cell phone is to install a monitoring application on the device. With this type of software, you will be able to determine the location of the device under any circumstances, even if it has been stolen. Among the monitoring applications available on the market in 2022, the best is without a doubt the mSpy parental control software.
Indeed, this monitoring application has the most advanced and developed geolocation features available today. mSpy allows, like the best monitoring applications, to track the real time position of a cell phone. You can use the software to track your child’s geolocation without him or her knowing.
In this way, you can monitor and control the whereabouts of the target, located on a map. You can also check the history of the cell phone’s movements over a given period. Finally, you can access all the data in real time from your personal control panel.
mSpy also offers a geofencing feature. This feature allows you to predefine safety zones and risk areas for your child. The software alerts you whenever your child crosses one of these boundaries.
There is no better monitoring solution!
How to track someone’s cell phone for free
Mobile operating systems, developed by major smartphone manufacturers, each have a method to locate someone without their knowledge for free. In the following, we detail the methods of locating a smartphone without the owner’s permission on Google’s Android, Apple’s iOS and Microsoft’s Windows Phone.
1- On Android via the “Find My Device” feature
To locate a lost, stolen or tracked phone, Android users can use “Find My Device”, the operating system’s built-in feature.
- Go to https://www.google.com/android/find
- Then, register on the site using the email and password of the smartphone they wish to locate
- Then select the device to be tracked
- Then activate the “Find My Device” feature.
The location of the targeted phone will then appear on a detailed map. The user will be able to determine the location of the phone for free. However, if the phone does not have an Internet connection, its location will not be tracked.
This free Android feature also allows you to lock the device in case of theft, loss or any other situation. This method also includes the possibility of predefining a recovery phone number. You will also be able to send messages to the lost or stolen device.
2- On Localize.mobi
The online tracking site Localize.mobi allows you to track all types of smartphones by accepting to track the owner. This online tracking site does not allow you to locate a person’s phone without their knowledge.
To geolocate a tracked cell phone, you must first enter the phone number on the site. Localize.mobi then sends a tracking link to the target phone. If the target phone accepts the tracking and clicks on the link, the geotagging starts and you get the location of the phone on a map.
Localize.mobi works automatically and quickly. No prior installation is required to locate the target phone. The services of this online tracking application are not free. Last but not least, Localize.mobi’s geolocation is available for an unlimited number of devices. You can locate as many numbers as you want.
3- On iOS via the “Find My iPhone” feature
For its iOS operating system, Apple has also developed a free technique to locate an iPhone without the owner realizing it. This built-in feature called “Find My iPhone” also allows you to find a stolen or lost Apple branded cell phone or track another person’s iPhone such as your child.
To use this feature, here’s how to do it:
- Go to the iCloud space. Be careful, to locate the targeted device, you will need to know its Apple ID.
- Once you enter the iCloud space, choose the “Devices” section.
- Once in it, you will be able to determine the location of the monitored device on a map. In the “Maps” tab, you will be able to see its location. If the battery of the smartphone to be located is discharged or if it is turned off, only its last location will be accessible to you.
The “Find My iPhone” feature of iOS also allows you to trigger the ringtone of the phone to be located. In the “Devices” tab, you must choose the “Ring” function. If the device is not connected to the Internet, no ringing will sound. If the phone is lost, you can send a message to the device via the “Devices” tab, then “Lost”.
4- On Windows Phone via the “Find My Device” feature
Microsoft, for devices with Windows Phone, has also developed a free method to locate a lost or stolen cell phone or without the person knowing it. This feature called “Find My Device” allows you, from your computer or from another phone, to find the targeted phone.
To access “Find My Device”, you will need to log on to https://account.microsoft.com/devices. On this site, you will be able to access your Microsoft account or that of another person. To do this, you will need to have their identification data. This will allow you to locate the lost phone or the phone to be located on a map that can be updated.
This feature also allows you to make the phone ring, even if its volume is at its lowest or if it is on vibrate. To do this, you will also go to your account or to the other person’s account via https://account.microsoft.com/devices. You will choose the targeted phone from the list and then the “Locate my phone” service. You can then click on the “Ringtone” button.
It is also possible to lock the targeted phone, display a message on its screen or delete its data. To do this, you will need to activate these features again via the “Locate my phone” tab on the targeted account at https://account.microsoft.com/devices.
Among the various methods presented in this article, the most developed is undoubtedly the geolocation proposed by the mSpy surveillance software. The other free techniques proposed are a little more complex, less automatic and they require that you have access to certain confidential data of the phone to be targeted.