How to Track Your Child's GPS Cell Phone

By Lynn Anders

All newer cell phones have E-911 capability. This means that every cell phone comes equipped with a GPS tracking device for use with 911 calls. However, not all phones have GPS tracking capabilities beyond a 911 call. To allow parents to monitor their child's whereabouts, many cell phone companies do offer cell phones with GPS tracking features built in, some even geared toward children. The popularity of GPS cell phone tracking provides you with many options for using it to track your child. With each phone and service there may be slight differences, but the basic requirements are much the same.

Things You'll Need

  • GPS tracking software

Step 1

Use a phone with GPS tracking capabilities. You'll have to do your research to determine which models support GPS tracking as this technology is evolving. Ask your local cell phone retailer or use a service such as Guardian Angel Technology, which specializes in GPS tracking cell phones for children, or AuctTracking, which provides these services for some cell phones.

Step 2

Download an app or software to upgrade your child's cell phone to support GPS tracking if it does not already have this feature. AccuTracking and Google Latitude are two such options. However, such upgrades are not available for all phones.

Step 3

Turn the tracking feature on. Use the cell phone manual or app information for instructions specific to your child's cell phone. You can also seek help from your cell phone retailer.

Step 4

Set the privacy settings to allow only you or other family members to see the GPS tracking information. If the privacy settings are not set, anyone who knows your child's phone number may be able to view his location.

Step 5

Log into the website that supports your child's cell phone GPS tracking software. Once set up, you can see on a map the exact location of your child's cell phone anytime.