How to Locate My Phone Using GPS

Written by sarah mollman
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How to Locate My Phone Using GPS
Locate your phone using GPS. (cell phone image by Alexey Klementiev from

GPS on a smart phone uses satellites to track your position and place it on a map, eliminating the need for expensive hardware such as a Garmin. GPS can also find your lost phone.

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Things you need

  • Phone with enabled GPS
  • Service provider that has GPS
  • account

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  1. 1

    Verify that your phone has GPS capabilities and that you are currently utilising those capabilities through your service provider.

  2. 2

    Decide on a server that will provide your GPS location in real time. Registering at a site like is free.

  3. 3

    Download the instamapper application to your GPS-enabled phone.

  4. 4

    Run the program for the first time. It will prompt you with settings to fill in.

  5. 5

    Log in to your instamapper account. You will now see the current location of your phone plotted on an interactive Google map. This map will automatically update every few seconds.

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