If you need to track someone’s location Google Maps can be an easy (and FREE) way to do so.
In this article I’ll show you EXACTLY how you can use Google Maps to track someone’s phone location without them knowing.
Read on to find out how you can start tracking someone.
There are two ways to track someone’s location on Google Maps without them knowing. The first method is to enable location sharing from their phone and send a tracking link to your phone.
The second way of tracking someone’s phone without them knowing is to use a spy app.
Unfortunately the methods below require that you have access to their phone before you can track it.
If you need to find someone’s location, the Google Maps app is one solution.
This, along with a number of messaging application options will allow you to find the location of someone, even without their knowledge.
The following two methods (Maps and WhatsApp) are best used for tracking a person once in a while. If you need something to regularly trace a person’s location, skip ahead to the next section.
The Google Maps app usually comes installed on every smartphone on the market. And it’s free.
Everyone knows that Google Maps can be used to navigate or to avoid traffic.
But did you know you can use Google Maps to track someone ‘s location as well?
Besides just the Maps app, you can also use other apps, such as WhatsApp to track someone ‘s location.
Perhaps you have kids or teenagers that you need to keep an eye on.
Or perhaps you need the location of an employee or driver to make sure they are doing their job and not spending their paid time hanging around.
Maybe you need to meet up with a friend and you both need a way to conveniently know each other’s location. This can also be handy when you and your loved ones are traveling abroad, just to make sure they don’t get lost.
And in case you misplace your phone or want a back-up plan if it gets lost, you can also set up a way to trace your device’s location.
In that case, location tracking using Google Maps or any other application is an essential skill you need to know how to use.
As a parent, you know that your kids may not want to share their location with you. But tracking someone’s phone without them knowing is actually very easy.
To do that, you only have to delete the link message that you sent to your device from Google Maps on your child’s phone.
Deleting this link will not disrupt the one that you sent to your phone.
For WhatsApp, your option is the same. Long-press the message you sent to yourself, tap on the delete icon, then select delete for me.
Ensure you do not click on delete for everyone by mistake, otherwise, it will also erase the location sharing message you sent to yourself!
Now that you no longer have to track someone, how do you stop what you started?
Go to Google Maps on the intended device.
Tap on the Hamburger icon and select Location Sharing.
When you see your name of the receiving device, tap on the cross icon at the bottom right side. Now location sharing has been disabled and the link will stop working.
If you chose to track someone using WhatsApp, you can easily disable it by tapping on Stop Sharing.
As we have mentioned, Google Maps and WhatsApp allow you to track a person once in a while. But if you need to keep a regular eye on your loved ones, there is only one way for you.
Spying on someone’s phone usually requires you to install and authorize the applications on both the target device and receiving device.
Note that these apps require payment, including a regular subscription fee to access the data that is stored on their cloud. However, for what you get, this is a small investment.
Not only will these apps let you keep track of a person ‘s device 24/7, but it will also allow you to check their location history.
A lot also have services that will let you access their photos or files. The specifics and features will depend on the particular app and subscription you have chosen.
Many also offer a feature called Geofencing, which allows you to set an artificial fence around a particular area, such as your house.
If the location of the person you are tracking goes beyond that area, you will immediately get a notification.
These advanced features are not available on Google Maps.
We must remind you that you need the consent of adults when using spy apps on them. For children, parents can monitor their cellphones without restrictions.
An example of this is the Find My Kids app, which purely uses GPS tracking to record and automatically locate your child and their cellphone or smartwatch.
Find My Kids will then send you notifications whenever your child leaves a certain place, like your house or their school, or if their battery is running low.
It also has an SOS feature they can press, among others.
Before you go ahead and start doing all of these, there is something you need to know.
There are many laws in place prohibiting location tracing, even when it is just through Google Maps. As a parent, you are able to track your child’s location as long as they are not of legal age.
While we have shown you how easy it can be to track the location of a person through their cellphone, it is not always legal to dose.
Generally, unless you are part of some kind of law enforcement agency and have a valid warrant to do so, you cannot engage in this kind of activity.
For adults, you will need to get their consent to keep track of their location, whether through Google Maps, WhatsApp, or any other service.
This requirement applies to employers looking to track their employees’ devices, as well as family members and friends.
Doing this without or against their consent can result in legal consequences, including criminal penalties.
If you plan to use a spy app that offers other features, such as call logs and access to the files in a given device, you should remember that it is illegal to record a conversation without the consent of all persons involved in that particular call.
This is why, whenever you call a customer service line, they inform you that your call may be recorded for quality assurance or any other purpose.
By staying on the call, you agree to let yourself and your conversation be legally recorded.
Just like we mentioned earlier, only a law enforcement agency with a valid warrant can do this.
Google offers the “Google Find My Device” app in their play store. This app can help you locate your phone or someone else’s phone.
There is no way to use someone’s phone number to track them on Google Maps. You would first need to access their phone to enable location sharing. Then you must send a location sharing link to your phone from the target phone.
It is possible to track your car using Google Maps if you leave a cell phone in your car. Before you can do this you’ll need to enable location sharing on your phone.
It is possible to track someone’s location using just their phone number. Here is an article discussing how to use a phone number to track a phone’s location.
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