How To Track An Android Phone

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How to track an Android phone

Whether you’re trying to keep tabs on your children, monitor a loved one, or simply keep track of your own device, there are many reasons to track an Android phone. Fortunately, there are a variety of methods for doing so, from using highly capable spy apps to free tracking alternatives. In this article, we will discuss how to track an Android phone.

Track An Android Phone Using A Tracking App

Using a tracking app is the most effective way of tracking an Android phone. There are a number of spy apps on the market that allow you to track an Android phone's GPS location, monitor text messages, access call logs, view photos and videos taken with the phone’s camera, read emails and instant messages, record surroundings using the device’s microphone, and more.

uMobix

uMobix logo

uMobix is a powerful spy app designed to help users track an Android phone. It offers a range of features, including GPS location tracking, geofencing, screen recorder, keylogger, and the ability to monitor popular instant messaging apps like Snapchat, Telegram, and Kik. In addition, uMobix also allows users to monitor text messages and activate the microphone for live streaming from the camera.

Using uMobix is easy: Simply install the app on the device you want to track, then log into the control panel. From there you will be able to access detailed tracking information about the device in real-time. With uMobix's location tracker, you can locate the phone on a map and set up geofencing alerts so that you are notified when they enter or exit specific areas. You can also set up specific activity logs and view call logs or messages sent and received using various applications such as Skype or WhatsApp.

uMobix's keylogger feature lets users track every keystroke made, allowing them to gain insight into the target's online conversations in real-time. The screen recorder feature captures screenshots of whatever is happening on the target device as well as audio recordings of any conversations picked up by its microphone. This makes it easy for users to keep an eye on what is going on with their Android phones even when they aren't around it in person.

In short, uMobix provides a comprehensive solution for tracking an Android phone quickly and easily while providing detailed insights into its activity with all its features combined. By using this powerful tracking app, users have peace of mind knowing that they can track their loved one's Android phone even when they're away from them physically.

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  • Real-time GPS tracking
  • Remote camera activation
  • Can stream live video
  • Remote microphone activation
  • Access to all social media apps
Cons
  • Cost

mSpy

mSpy logo

mSpy is an easy-to-use application for tracking an Android phone. While it lacks some of the most advanced features of uMobix, it is still one of the most comprehensive tracking apps on the market.

With mSpy, you can track an Android phone's GPS location in real time and even set up geofencing alerts so that you are silently notified when the device enters or leaves specific areas. This feature allows for greater peace of mind knowing that you can keep tabs on your kids even when you're not with them physically.

mSpy also monitors data from popular instant messaging apps like Snapchat, Telegram, Kik, and Skype as well as text messages sent from or received by the device. This allows parents or employers to keep an eye on their child's or employee's activity without being intrusive. With such comprehensive features, mSpy offers users peace of mind knowing that they have all the tools necessary for keeping tabs on their devices remotely.

In addition to its GPS location tracker, mSpy also has a screen recorder and keylogger function. The screen recorder captures screenshots of whatever is happening on the target device, while a keylogger feature tracks what is being typed. When used together, these features can reveal passwords, and conversations in hidden apps.

I would recommend mSpy if you need a slightly simpler solution for tracking an Android phone's location but do not want to sacrifice key features.

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  • Real-time GPS location tracking
  • Records text messages
  • Keylogger
  • Screen recorder
  • Access to all social media apps
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  • Not as powerful as uMobix

EyeZy

eyeZy

EyeZy is the most user-friendly method of tracking an Android phone. It is a mobile tracking app with an easy-to-use user interface and is perfect for users who don't need many of the more advanced features found in other tracking apps.

The GPS location tracker allows users to monitor the whereabouts of their family in real-time. It also offers geofencing alerts so that users are notified when a device enters or leaves pre-defined areas, giving them an extra layer of protection.

EyeZy has a call logging function that records all incoming and outgoing calls made as well as text messages sent from the device. This makes it easy for users to keep tabs on their children and track their activities.

The app also features a keylogger, which allows users to keep track of all keystrokes made by the target device in real-time. This feature can be used to uncover hidden conversations, passwords, and other private information stored in apps such as Snapchat, Telegram, and Facebook Messenger.

EyeZy is a good choice if you need an easy way to track an Android phone.

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  • GPS tracking
  • Easiest to use
  • Totally hidden
  • Fast installation
  • Access to all social media apps
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  • More basic features

How To Use Find My Device To Track An Android Phone

Android Device Manager

Few Android users have explored their settings deeply enough to find that Android Device Manager is pre-installed, but this service is always active by default. It is designed for finding your lost phone. The great thing is that you can map where Android devices have been, and with accuracy to within 60 feet. Best of all, you can do everything and you don't need to have any app on the target device.

This control panel can be used to locate an Android cell phone from any computer, or any other device, by following these steps:

  • Visit Find My Device
  • Enter the number and Google Account information
  • See where they are going or ring, lock, or erase the phone

One important step is getting the Google ID and password for the phone, which is an obvious problem. Figuring out how you will find the password may be harder than just borrowing someone's phone and loading a spy app.

How To Use Google Maps Timeline To Track An Android Phone

Google Timeline

Although it still requires that you know their phone password, Google Maps timeline is one interesting option.

The step-by-step instructions are:

  • Step 1: Open Google Maps
  • Step 2: Log in with the phone's Account
  • Step 3: Click on “Menu”
  • Step 4: Select “Your Timeline”

Your screen should now show a timeline where you can access information on the physical movements of the phone's user. Alternatively, you can click on Menu -> Your Places -> Visited to view location history.

You can track the Android phone's current location by following the instructions above. Interestingly, you can locate the phone at any time and the user of the target phone will not be aware of being tracked.

FAQ

How much does it cost to track an Android phone?

The cost of tracking an Android phone depends on the app or service you use. Some apps such as uMobix and mSpy can be purchased for a monthly or yearly fee, while others like Google's Find My Device are completely free.

What are the key features of tracking apps?

Many apps for tracking Android offer GPS location tracking, geofencing alerts, call logging, text message monitoring, and keylogger functions. These features allow users to monitor the whereabouts of their loved ones in real time as well as uncover hidden conversations, passwords and other private information stored in messaging apps.

How do I install a tracking app on my Android device?

To install a tracking app, you must first download the app from the Google Play store and then follow the instructions provided to register your device. Once registered, the app will start running in the background and collecting data which can be viewed by logging into your account.

Can I track an Android phone without installing an app?

Yes, some apps like Google's Find My Device allow users to locate their devices on a map in real time without having to install any additional software.

Will they know I'm tracking their Android phone?

This depends on the app or service you choose. Some apps will notify the user that they are being monitored, while all of the apps we have mentioned here will remain completely silent and hidden.

Can I track multiple phones at once?

Yes, some apps offer the ability to monitor multiple devices at the same time, making it easy to keep tabs on your entire family. Additionally, some services like uMobix offer dedicated packages for businesses and teams allowing them to keep track of their employees in real time.

Legality

The legality of tracking an Android phone can vary dramatically by location and specific circumstances. For example, in many locations, it may be legal to track an Android phone that you own even if the user has not given you permission. In other cases, it may only be legal with the consent of the user or not at all.

Because of the lack of consistency, you must consult with a lawyer before you attempt to track any Android phone. Failure to do so could have serious consequences.

Conclusion

Tracking an Android phone is becoming increasingly popular as a way of keeping tabs on loved ones or recovering stolen devices. With the right app, you can silently locate the device on a map in real-time and even remotely lock it if it becomes lost or stolen. While it's important to use this capability responsibly, it also offers much-needed peace of mind for parents and business owners.

Author Katya Seryabkina
About The Author
Katya Seryabkina
Ukrainian born, and a self-taught geek. I started hacking when I was 14 and can write code in 5 languages, but have no formal technical education. The edge of technology is what keeps me interested. I cover cell phone tracking, spy apps, cybersecurity, the dark web, and certain gadgets for The High Tech Society.