How to Track a Cell Phone

By Techwalla Contributor

There are a number of reasons you may want to track a cell phone. The first and most obvious is to catch the people you love lying. Maybe your kids say they are going to study, but really they are going to a rave. Maybe your wife says she's going to a doctor's appointment, when really she's going to the doctor's house for a little KAPOW action. Whatever the reason, I will show you how to track cell phones in this article, step by step.

Step 1

Before you can track the cell phone, you need to obtain physical possession of it, at least temporarily so you can install the software. Many people are looking for a way to install tracking software on the cell phone from a remote location as to be covert, but unfortunately currently there is no way to do this.Once you have the phone in your hand, download tracking software to the cellphone. Wherify and uLocate are great tools you can use to track a cell phone.

Step 2

Next you'll need to install a GPS tracker to the cell phone. Even with the software installed, the cell phone will need a physical chip that will give off it's location to satellite at all time. Once the chip is inserted, it is powered by the cell phone and there is no way for the user to detect it is there. It's a pretty simple operation if you take the phone to Radioshack and ask them to do it for you.

Step 3

Load tracking software onto your home PC. This software will allow you to go online and track the location of the cell phone (and the person carrying it) at the click of a button. Suspect your spouse is cheating on you or your kids aren't where they said they would be? Well this is how you can find out.To get the software to work, you need your computer to have software that is compatible with the tracking program. Most software uses Google Maps or Map Quest so you can see the physical location of the person you are tracking on a map of the city. Once your software is installed on your PC, all you need to do is install the tracking system and you'll be good to go! Depending on which software you have, the instructions will vary.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you want to do the above covertly, it's really easy. Wait till the person sets their cell phone down and sneak off with it. Take it to Radioshack and tell them what you need done. When you're done with the operation, don't put it back where you found it, but put it in another place the person will think they might have left it. They'll never know.