THREE LEGAL WAYS TO TRACK A CELL PHONE

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Track  cell phone is not something that people are unaware about, it is a pretty common concept; and is growing quickly. Today, using a cell number to track down someone is highly in demand, and there are a number of services that allow you to track people down in a “legal” manner. Or so they claim just with a few setting changed.

As we live in a technology centered time, so naturally there are other reliable options which you can use to track cell phone. Well, if the government can does it so can the people, right? However, there are a number of ethical and legal limitations set that determine the extent you can go to when cell phone tracking.

Legally speaking, it is against the law to access someone’s computer without their permission; this falls on smartphones as well. Because of this, one reason private investigators and some law enforcement officials need a court order. As you cannot legally gain access to someone’s private phone, and download and install a software to track  cell phone. This is only legal if you are the owner of the cell phone, in which case go ahead.

If you wish to track cell phone using the cell number or any other method, you need permission of the phone owner, or need to own the device yourself. With the owner’s permission you can use carrier cell phone tracking system, they will either ask you to install an application, or allow GPS tracking. If you do not own the phone, and were unable to get permission; the only legal way is to hire a private investigator.

However, if you own the cell phone or have permission to track; here are a few ways you can do is successfully.

How to Track cell Phone by Carrier

There are four major phone carriers in the USA, and they all offer the services to find and track  cell phone that are under the same account. This means if your partner, spouse, and/or children are under the same account as you; and you have permission to track their cell phones – you can use the methods mentioned below:

AT&T –

The Family Map offers much more than just the current location, with their services you can check where the phone has been. You can set a dedicated area, and if someone leaves that dedicated area you will receive a notification.

Sprint –

Is offering a family locator service, they are a number of connected applications called Guardian. This includes Family Locator that allows you to locate your family, and receive updates regarding their location.

Verizon –

It offers a similar service to other carrier cell phone tracking services. This allows you to locate your family, along with location updates. If you create hotspots, you will receive a notification when the family members arrive and leave that spot.

T-Mobile –

They are offering their application for Android users.  If you are using iPhone, Blackberry, Windows, or any other device that does not run on Android it is necessary to log into your T-Mobile account to navigate it. The service offers real time updates of locations of your family members. Also you can set up automatic location updates .

IPhone & Android Options

Both devices offer a system that is in-built, and allows you to track the cell phone from any computer or smart device. And here is how you can use them.

IPhone –

Go to your phone’s settings, and then click on iCloud, check to see if your “Find My iPhone” option is on. Now, you can use any device to login to your iCloud and check the location of your phone.

Android –

Go to phone settings, and click on Security; here you will be able to find “remotely locate this device” ensure that it is turned on. Once you do turn it on the GPS will start running in the background. To login Android Device Manager from any other phone or computer and check the current location, and location history of your device.

Cell Phone Tracking Applications

The Google Play Store, the Apple App Store, and even the Blackberry App World have tons of applications that all offer cell phone tracking services. Keep in mind that  the cell phone owner needs to write a permision, even if you just want to install the application. If you gather any information without permission you will not be able to use it in a legal setting. Furthermore, there are a number of scammy applications, and we have listed down the best ones we managed to find.

Connect –

This single application takes in all the information from social media, also the posts from your friends and accumulates them in one single place. This even takes down the locations they are at, so you can see where the fun is happening.

Find My Friends –

This is an easy way to keep a track of your family and friends. But it only works if the person invites you. Once the person acceps yout invitation he will add you to their network. Then  you can see their current location at all times.

Phone Tracker –

This application uses GPS and ensures real time tracking. This application will create a 24 hour map, and make a great way to track kids.

MSpy –

One of the most powerful phone monitoring tool in the market. As it allow users to locate the phone, check the messages that have been received and sent. Also check out the call log and so much more.

We hope that we have explained all the different legal options you have to track down a phone that is your, or the one you have permission to track. There are many service providers out there they offer you a lot but fail to deliver. Remember all the applications are restricted under the same law, and will not be able to provide you what you need. So keep in mind that all the evidence you accumulate without permission, or until and unless you own the device you are tracking.

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