How to Track the Location of a Cell Phone Using an IP Address

You can easily track any cell phone you have access to, either using GPS (global positioning software) or by using the phone's IP (Internet Protocol) address; many use cell phone tracking to find lost or stolen phones or to keep an eye on their children. Online IP trackers can be used to pinpoint the whereabouts of the phone. Although tracking a cell phone by its IP is less accurate than GPS software, it is generally easier to use and allows you to avoid unsolicited or dangerous software downloads to you cell phone or computer.

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Pinpoint your cell phone's location using the IP address and online IP tracing websites.

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Open any search engine of your choice, for example Google or Bing. For this method to work your cell phone must use an Internet connection provided by the phone provider, for example GPRS or 3G.

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Search for an "IP finder" website from a search engine on your cell phone's browser. Some examples are whatip.com or whatsmyip.org. You can use any website you find as most will give you the correct result.

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You can also locate your phone's IP without accessing the Internet. Depending on the model, you can find information about your phone in the Settings, Options or Help section of your cell phone. These provide information on the version and model of your cell phone (including the IP). Refer to your manual if you can't find this information.

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Follow the instructions on you preferred website and jot down the IP address shown. Note that for some mobile phones the IP address will change if the battery is fully removed and the phone is reset.

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Search for an IP locating website, such as tracemyip.org (you do not have to be on your cell phone to search for an IP locating site). Look for "real time" updated sites that will show the most recent location of the IP you are trying to trace. Results will vary depending on the site, but most will be able to give you a real time location accurate to a few meters of your cell phone's location.

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Type in your IP address to your chosen website or follow the instructions on the website to get a real time update on your cell phone's location.