How to Track a Cell Phone Using Google

By David Stewart

Today's technology makes the world almost seamless since everyone can connect with a simple touch of a button. While it might seem that most advances in technology have successfully overcome geographical barriers, this does not mean that geography is totally irrelevant. The fact that you can track a cell phone using Google is evidence that the company takes geo-location very seriously. This particular function allows family and friends keep track of each other.

Things You'll Need

  • Valid Google account
  • Mobile phone with an Internet connection

Step 1

Type the Web address in your Web browser and press "Enter."

Step 2

Log in to your Google account using your user name and password.

Step 3

Key in the phone number inside the box prompt and press the "Send a Link" button. You should receive a confirmation message stating that an invitation has been sent to the mobile user to accept or decline Google Latitude.

Step 4

Follow the acceptance prompt if it is your own phone you are trying to track to get your exact location. If it is someone else's cell phone, you will have to wait for them to accept the invite. When the invite is accepted, Google Latitude will scan the location of the cell phone you are tracking.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you plan on using this tracking feature, tell your friends and family about it so they would be aware of the advantages of such function. This way, you will not have a hard time tracking them if and when necessary.
  • This Google feature comes in particularly handy for road trips, especially if you're not very good at reading traditional maps.
  • Check with your mobile service provider first in regards to fees to avoid a potential surprise when you receive the monthly bill. The fees differ depending on the network you are using.
  • Google Earth and Google Latitude are not designed to allow individuals or groups to spy on unknowing targets. Unless the person you are trying to track accepts the request, it will not work.
  • Additional fees may or may not be charged by mobile phone companies for using such features.