In this guide, we take a look at how to find a vehicle location using a phone.
The following methods will allow you to (1) find or (2) track in real-time a car's location using the phone as a GPS tracking device.
For this procedure, you will need to know the Google or Apple user name and password for the phone (car) you are trying to locate.
Go to Find your phone (Provided by Google) and log in with the account of the phone you are trying to locate.
Here you see the location of the phone and therefore the car.
Pay attention to the location update. In this case, the phone/car was just updated. If the option was updated, let's say 15 min ago, press the refresh button next to "Last seen _ min ago."
In addition to locating the phone and car, you have a few other options.
If you are trying to find the location of a car that has an iPhone in it go to Find iPhone by Apple.
Sign in with the Apple ID and credentials used by the phone that you are tracking. Once you login you can see a map and the location of the phone and the car.
Do you have a vehicle that you want to track in real-time?
Another way to track a car in real-time is to use an old phone. Follow the instructions below to turn an old phone into a car tracking device.
What you will need:
We will set up an old smartphone as a GPS tracker. You most likely have an old phone lying around.
If you don't have an old phone, here is a list of inexpensive phones that will get the job done.
You need a phone that has a clean IMEI / ESN and is not locked.
For the phone to report the location to you, it needs to have data enabled.
You can sign up for a cheap $15/month plan that comes with 500MB on data on any of the following service providers.
If you have a family plan, activating the phone on the family plan may be cheaper.
To active the phone, you will need the IMEI number. You will find the IMEI number in the settings. You will also find the IMEI by removing the phone battery. Or dial *#06# from the phone.
The last step is to install a GPS tracking app on both phones. You will use your phone to track the location of the old phone which you will have in the car.
Many of these apps allow you to track the phone using a web browser as well, in case you don't want to use your smartphone.
There are countless free GPS tracking software available, but one of our favorites is the Life 360 GPS Tracker. It is free to use, and the app works on Android and Apple phones.
Tracking your car location history and current position is simple as long as you have a phone with data enabled in the car.
Only use these methods to track your car. Do not follow your teenagers, spouse, or elderly parents without their permission.