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How to Track Someone Using a Mobile Phone

Updated February 21, 2017

Mobile phones are useful devices for making phone calls, sending text messages and even watching videos. With the right software, it is also possible to track the phone's location. All you need is a Web-enabled phone, free GPS tracking software and a computer with Internet access to create a do-it-yourself portable tracking system. This is especially helpful for parents wanting to keep track of their children.

Choose a GPS software for your mobile phone. This will allow you to track the phone once it is installed. Three programs that are free as of 2010 are BuddyWay, Mologogo, and Instamapper. All three use Google Maps as the basis for their programs, so they are almost identical in appearance and function.

Register for the program of your choice. Enter a user name, password, mobile phone number and e-mail address. Confirm your registration by following the link the GPS program e-mails to you.

Follow the instructions provided to download and install the software on your phone. Restart your phone.

Log on to the website where you registered. You will see a map with a flashing red dot next to the user name that you created. This is the phone. By following the dot's position the map, you can now track whomever is carrying the phone wherever it goes provided there is a cell phone signal.

Things You'll Need

  • Web-enabled cell phone
  • GPS software
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About the Author

Palmer Owyoung holds a Master of Arts in international business from the University of California at San Diego and a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from the University of California at Santa Barbara and is a trained molecular biologist. He has been a freelance writer since 2006. In addition to writing, he is a full-time Forex trader and Internet marketer.