Track A Cell Phone Using Mobile Tracker Apps - Devices

Track A Cell Phone Using Mobile Tracker Apps - Devices
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When it comes to tracking a cell phone, there are a variety of options available.

We will see a list of apps and devices that can be used to track a cell phone remotely, both with and without an internet connection, in the following section. We will also discuss how to track down a stolen or lost mobile phone number, both legally and illegally.

Using the Internet, you can track a mobile phone remotely.

Mobile phone tracking apps such as the ones listed below are widely used in both Android and iOS devices to track the location of a lost or stolen phone.

Android device manager is a program that allows you to manage your Android devices.

Android device manager is a mobile phone tracker app that is preinstalled on all Android smartphones and can be used to locate lost or stolen phones. It can track the device's location and determine when it was last connected to the internet with the help of GPS. We have the ability to remotely play sound, secure the device with a safety lock, display a message or contact number, and erase the contents of the device all from a remote location.


In order to make use of the Android device manager, a device must meet the following requirements:

to be activated

You must be logged into your Google Account.

Have access to a data connection

Make sure that Location is enabled.

Have the Find My Device feature turned on (it is on by default)

Make yourself visible on Google Play (visible by default)

To gain access to and control over a device from a distance, follow the steps outlined below.

Make sure you're logged into your Google account before continuing.

Go to https://www.google.com/android/find for more information.

Choose your device from the drop-down menu (if you have more than one device synced)

You will be presented with a number of options for remotely accessing and controlling your device.

Device to be located: By selecting locate device from the drop-down menu, Google Maps will display the device's most recent active location.

Sound is played: Even if the device is set to silent mode, the device manager will make the device ring for a total of 5 minutes.

Put your phone on airplane mode: Locking the device and displaying a message along with the phone number you provided will occur as a result of selecting this option.

Android device manager with a password lock screen

Erase the device: Google will completely wipe out the contents of the phone's memory. The information stored on the memory card will remain accessible. Once the wipe has been completed, you will be unable to access or control your device remotely. Because you will not be able to access any deleted data that has not been backed up to Google, erasing should only be considered if all other options for locating the device have been tried and failed.

Where Can I Find My iPhone?

Apple devices are well-known for having robust security implementations in place. It is impossible to jailbreak an iPhone unless the version of iOS used is one that is vulnerable. Find my iPhone is a mobile tracker application that can be used to remotely locate and access stolen or lost iOS devices such as iPhones, Mac computers, Apple Watches, and AirPods from a computer or mobile device.

However, in order to be able to remotely access your device, you must have enabled this feature.

What you need to do to get started Find My iPhone is a useful feature.

Begin by going to your Home screen.

Select Settings > [your name] > iCloud from the drop-down menu. When using iOS 10.2 or earlier, go to Settings > iCloud to set up your account.

Scroll to the bottom of the page and select Find My iPhone.

Slide the slider to the right to enable Find My iPhone and Send Last Location.

If you're prompted to sign in, use your Apple ID to do so.

Find My iPhone on iCloud.com allows you to track down the approximate location of your iOS device, Apple Watch, AirPods, or Mac computer using GPS. You will be able to locate your device if you do the following:

Find My iPhone is configured on the iOS device or Mac that you wish to track down.

The Apple Watch is used in conjunction with an iPhone.

The iOS device, Apple Watch, or Mac is connected to the internet.

AirPods have been removed from their case and are in close proximity to one of your iOS devices. Even if the AirPods are not paired with any of your iOS devices, they can be found by any of them. However, they must be paired with at least one of your iOS devices.

iCloud John's iPhone is displayed in Find My iPhone.

Tracking a mobile phone from a distance without the use of an internet connection

The ability to track a mobile phone is heavily reliant on the availability of a data connection, and it is difficult to track a device that does not have internet access. Interestingly, some apps can locate a device and even detect a SIM card change without the need for an internet connection, and they send an SMS notification to the device's owner.

Android applications such as FindLostPhone and Wiperoid operate on SMS commands and assist the user in locating their device. It responds with the GPS location coordinates of the lost or stolen device when the desired command is sent to the mobile number through SMS. This feature of the findlostphone app detects a SIM change and sends an alert to the owner number that was entered during the installation process.

However, this app must be installed on your device before you can use it to control it; otherwise, it is ineffective. In that case, you'll have to rely on the operating system's default apps, which are listed above.

Tracking a mobile number with the help of its IMEI, IMSI, or MSISDN number

The IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Manufacturer Identity) is a unique identifier for mobile devices manufactured in other countries.

IMSI stands for International Mobile Subscriber Identity, which is a unique identifier for a mobile subscriber around the world (It identifies your SIM card).

In this case, MSISDN stands for mobile station international subscriber directory number. It is your mobile phone number, as well as the international dialing code.

When a mobile phone connects to a cellular tower, it shares all three of the numbers listed above with the other devices. As a result, only a tower (or the telecom operator) can track the location of a mobile device.

So, how does one track down a cell phone that has any of these IMEI / IMSI / MSISDN numbers on it?

How to track a phone in a legal manner

It goes without saying that the only legal method of tracking a mobile phone is through the telecom operator. A court order is required in order to obtain information from a telecommunications company such as Verizon. When your device is stolen or lost, this is not possible in most countries due to the complicated and time-consuming nature of the recovery process.

When determining the proximity of a device, telecom operators employ the triangulation method. The triangulation method, which uses three nearest towers to the signal of the phone to determine the nearest distance between that mobile phone and its location, is used to determine the closest distance between that mobile phone and its location.

Tracking a mobile phone in an illegal manner

Known variously as an IMSI catcher/tracker, cell-site simulator, or stingray, these devices are cellular phone surveillance devices that are used illegally to track a phone. Cops and law enforcement agencies all over the world rely on these devices to keep their communities safe. Critics have referred to the use of the devices by government agencies as "warrantless cell phone tracking," because they have been used without notifying the court system or obtaining a warrant on a number of occasions.

Stingray serves as a mobile phone tower, requiring all mobile devices to connect to it in order to function properly. Modern smartphones are still susceptible to this type of eavesdropping... Mobile phones believe that they are connecting to a legitimate cellular tower and route all calls and messages through the IMSI catcher, allowing them to be intercepted before reaching the actual tower, as shown in the diagram. However, the mobile device must be within a mile or so of the tracking device in order to be tracked.

Such devices can be purchased from online retailers such as Alibaba. You should keep in mind that this is a prohibited device and that it should not be used to track or monitor anyone.

Have you misplaced your cell phone?

Using device manager, it is simple to locate your smartphone as soon as you realize you've misplaced it; however, the mobile phone must be connected to the internet in order to be accessible remotely. If your mobile device is not connected to the internet, you can choose to erase the memory on it. Once the device has been connected to the internet, its memory will be erased.

SMS command-based tracking applications are only useful if they have been installed prior to the device's disappearance.

It is impossible to recover a lost device that is not connected to the internet, and most countries do not provide tracking of cell phones as a service when a complaint is filed because the process is complicated. But making a complaint allows us to completely block the phone in the country, which means the mobile can’t be used. Because of the blacklist, all cellular towers in the country would refuse to accept its IMEI number, and you would be unable to use the phone even if you were to recover it.