How to Find My Lost GPS Enabled Cell Phone

By Palmer Owyoung

If you have lost your cell phone, you know that it can be a pain to replace. Especially if--like most people--you haven't backed up your data. In the past if you'd lost it the chances that you'd get it back were very slim. However, today if you have a GPS-enabled phone you are in luck, as there are several ways that you can track it down.

Things You'll Need

  • A cell phone
  • GPS tracking software

Step 1

Install Mobile Spy (see Resources). This software will monitor your GPS-enabled phone and log its location every 30 minutes, even if the phone is turned off. The information is then uploaded to a website where you can view it. This service also allows you to monitor content detail, including text messages and conversations. As of 2009 the price for this service is $99.97 for a year, $69.97 for six months, or $49.97 for 3 months.

Step 2

Find out if your phone has e911. Many GPS phones made after 2007 have a built-in service that automatically transmits their location when 911 is dialed from the phone. However, your phone company can make the phone transmit its location at any time. You simply need to call your wireless carrier and ask them to turn the function on for you.

Step 3

Install software from Download the software and use their free service. This turns your cell phone into a GPS tracking device. Simply go to the site and sign up for an account. After you've installed the software, just log in to your account and find out exactly where your phone is. You can add friends to your account; this will allow them to know where you are, and you to know where they are. So, this is another way to find your phone if you've lost it.

Step 4

Register for an account with and they will give you a label, which you can put on the back of any item that you are afraid of losing. As of 2009 each label is $7.95. You just stick it on your phone or any other device and if it is lost there is an 800 number to call and a website so that the person who found your phone can report it.