Phone Location Tracker Apps List
The riskiest thing when it comes to buying a shiny new smartphone that has market value, as well as stored personal data and sentimental things, is theft.
We all will have been, or will know someone who has been a victim of phone theft, and whilst home insurance or mobile insurance is a good way to make sure you’ll be able to claim if something is stolen, getting back your data is another story.
Now, with the constant development of new technology and safety mechanisms for our phones, there are plenty of location tracker apps to help you find your phone yourself.
Find My iPhone is a build in app available for all Apple devices. Free to use, an available for anyone with the iOS 5 system or above, the Find My iPhone app will help to locate your phone, as well as catch thieves in the act.
By logging into a different Apple device, you can log in using your Apple ID and password to find where on the map your phone is. Once you’ve sussed that your phone is lost or stolen, the phone will automatically lock itself and send out an constant beeping alarm so that it easier to find – with the potential of warning thieves to left the phone and run.
Similar to Apple’s specific device locator, Lookout Mobile Security is an app for Android that helps to control your phone from a desktop website.
By downloading the app onto your phone, if you misplace your phone, you will be able to access its GPS settings, switch them on and locate it. Alternatively, the site also allows you to switch off your silent mode and turn on a loud alarm to help locate your mobile.
Not only will this helpful app assure you in times of emergency, it’s also a great Anti-Virus tool to install to protect your device and your data.
For Windows operated phones, Find My Phone replicates the features of Apple’s Find My iPhone and offers bonuses such as the ability to log onto any computer to remotely ring and lock the phone, or even erase contents if you’re feeling unhopeful about ever retrieving your phone.
Sometimes, you might want to help out a friend with locating their phone, so using apps such as Find My Friends, Google Latitude and Foursquare will keep everyone in the loop regarding the whereabouts of each friend. This is handy for meeting up with friends, but the technology can come in handy when trying to trace a stolen phone.
Using any of the friend apps above available for your OS, you can login to track where they are. Of course, in order for this work, you’ll need to all be connected first – so suggest to the friend group to allow everyone to have access to their location. That way, even if someone is lost or in danger, you’ll be able to help the find their way home, or direct emergency services to their location.
If you’re looking to really up the chances of finding a stolen phone, you may choose to pay for software like Highster Mobile Spy. For $69, all cell phone activity can be monitored and can be controlled remotely.
The program means you can see the location of the phone, if any messages have been sent, or photos taken along with allowing to see internet search history, social media chats, and find a report of the device’s health status.
A little too surveillance for most of us, but how far are you willing to go to track your phone?