How to Track Cell Phones With Computers

By James Johnson

Whether you want to track your employees and every stop they make or your children and where they are, there are mobile phone tracking apps for every type of tracking circumstance. Some cell phone providers can offer this service for you, while other cell phones with certain mobile operating systems can use downloadable tracking software.

Using Cell Phone Provider-Based Software

Step 1

Check with your provider to determine if it offers tracking software for your specific phone. In many cases, only certain phones will work with the company's tracking software.

Step 2

Sign up for the tracking service. Prices can vary. You can sign up for these services by calling customer service for your provider or by visiting your carrier's website and logging into your account.

Step 3

Install the provider software on your phone if required. This software is usually found on the provider's website. For example, Verizon offers its "Chaperon" service, which can be used with certain "Chaperon"-enabled devices.

Step 4

Install the needed software on your computer or use your online account access to the online program. Most provider software allows for online access to tracking with no need to download software.

Using Nonprovider-Based Tracking Software

Step 1

Determine the type of operating system your device is using. The most popular options include Windows Mobile, Symbian, Google Android, iPhone and BlackBerry.

Step 2

Visit a popular software download site. For paid software, Mobihand and Handango are recommended. For freeware, you can try FreewarePocketPC. Visit the "GPS Section" of any site you choose. You will find various tracking programs with different functions. Choose the software that best suits your needs.

Step 3

Pay for your software and download the installation file, or download the freeware application you choose.

Step 4

Follow the installation instructions included with your download. The install will vary from OS to OS, but in most cases, you will download the file to your cellular device. Click on the file to run the installation program. You will also be required to download the tracking software to your PC for most applications, while online tracking access might be provided in some instances.

Step 5

Test your software when the program is installed to make sure your device is working with the software.