Tracking is not something that we usually do. But sometimes it might become necessary to track the phone and know the current location of someone. Especially in the case of the kids. While the kids are out for school or playing somewhere out, it becomes necessary to keep an eye on them. Just to be on the safe side. Not only for the sake of kids, but there can be many other reasons to do that. What if you’re going to someone’s house for the first time? Don’t you need their location at that time? Of course, you do. Just like that, there can bee many other reasons to track someone’s location.
Now, while we are talking about location tracking, what do you think is the better way to do that, instead of using Google Maps? Absolutely nothing. Without the help of Google Maps, tracking can never become so much easier. So let’s learn how it is possible to track location using Google Maps along with the help of WhatsApp and Message app. Not only this, but we also share a trick using which you can easily track someone on Google Maps without them knowing.
How To Track Someone’s Location On Google Maps
Using Google Maps App
Google Maps is an app that is installed on each and everyone’s device. But only a few of us know the trick to track someone’s cellphone using it. Here’s how you can do that.
1. Open Google Maps on the target device (smartphone whose location you wish to track) and tap on the hamburger icon at the top left of the screen.
2. From the various options available, tap on Location sharing.
3. Now, click on GET STARTED to further proceed with the phone tracking.
4. On the next screen, you can select the time for which you want to track the location of that person. You can tap on plus icon to increase the time and tap on the minus icon to decrease it. To track the location without any barrier of time, simply tap on Until you turn this off option. But after selecting it, other sharing options like WhatsApp, Telegram, email, BlueTooth, etc. will disappear and the link to track location can only be sent via message. In our case, we are making use of the Until you turn this off option.
5. After selecting your contact from the target device, you might see a pop-up saying that the contact is not connected to the Google account. Simply tap on OK.
6. Now tap on Send and then finally send the prepared link from the messaging app to yourself.
7. Now use the link to see the current location of that person anytime you want from your phone.
Sending the location is also possible from inside the Maps app. In this case, you will get a notification on your phone from the target device.
After tapping on that notification, the Maps app will open with the location of that person. You can easily get the direction to their location as well with a simple tap on the Directions option.
The first method works perfectly and it’s quite easy. But even then we are mentioning a substitute method to perform the same task.
1. Open the WhatsApp account of the target device and open your chat with that person.
2. Now tap on the attach icon at the bottom and select the Location option.
3. On the next page, tap on the Share live location option. Be sure you don’t tap on Send your current location instead. Else you will only be able to see the location of the place where the phone was at that particular time.
4. Now select the time for which you want to trace the location and tap on the send icon.
5. What you need to do next is, open the WhatsApp chat of the target person on your cell phone. Tap on View live location in the location message which you just sent from their phone to yourself.
6. In the next step, tap on their profile icon that you see on the map.
7. After that, tap on the GET DIRECTIONS option.
8. Select the Maps app to see the location of the target device on Google Maps.
9. Finally, you will be able to see the current location of the target device. Similar to the first method, you can also get directions to their place.
The job is done. Now you will be able to track the cellphone location of the desired person.
Track Someone On Google Maps Without Them Knowing
This is something that needs to be done when your kids thumb down to share their location with you. But being a parent, it’s quite hard to let go and not trace their phone. So giving your concern the first preference, let me tell you a way using which the kids won’t be able to know that the are being traced.
For that, you just have to delete the link message from the kid’s phone that you sent to yourself in order to track the device. Luckily, deleting the message will not distort the link and it will work as usual.
In the case of WhatsApp, long-press the message, Tap on the delete icon and select Delete For Me option. Make sure you don’t click on Delete For Everyone instead.
Stop Tracking The Target Device
The job is done and now you don’t need to track the target cellphone. Well, now it becomes your duty to turn off the tracking function. For that, go to Google Maps on the target device. Then tap on the hamburger icon and select the Location sharing. Now you will be able to see your name (or the name of the person with whom the target cellphone was sharing the location). Simply tap on the cross icon at the bottom right side and the location sharing will be disabled or the link will stop working.
If the tracking was done using WhatsApp then location sharing can be disabled from WhatsApp itself by tapping on Stop Sharing.
Location Tracking With Spy Apps
The methods mentioned above are always ready for use when you have some guests to welcome. And in case of kids, this method is ok if tracking them is a thing you do once in a blue moon.
But if you need to keep a track of your child or your loved ones daily, in that case, forget about this idea.
You need something really advanced and that doesn’t require the physical access of their cell phones daily. But even then it’s capable of monitoring your child or your partner without losing sight of them.
That something is what we call spying or monitoring apps. A small investment from your side will guarantee a complete tracking of your loved ones with access to the current location 24/7.
In the future, if you think to opt for a spying app just go for monitoring service like iKeyMonitor. It’s an app that gives access to the current location while having full access to the location history.
Not only location tracking but most of the monitoring apps also offer Geofencing. Geofencing further boosts your location monitoring by setting an artificial fence around the set area. Crossing the area will result in immediate notification. All these features are absolutely unavailable while tracking someone with Google Maps.
Play Safe While Tracing Someone’s Location
If your kid (less than 18 years) is the one whom you want to track without letting them know, then it’s ok. But you need to keep in mind that normally if you’re tracking someone and they are not aware of that then it’s considered a punishable offense. So it’s requested that you don’t use these methods for something that can cause you personal harm in any way.