How to Track Locations by GPS on Cell Phones

by Jasmine Carpenter

GPS navigation systems have an array of functions to find your current location in real time. Nearly all GPS navigation systems on cell phones have menus and features that are similar to other portable GPS devices on the market. If your cell phone doesn't have a built-in GPS, you can either subscribe to GPS navigation with your cellular phone carrier or use an online GPS tracking service to track your location.

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Choose a free online GPS cell phone tracking service, such as InstaMapper, Glympse or Buddyway, to track your current location with your cell phone. Some free online GPS cell phone tracking services require that you sign up for an account with them.

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Click the "Sign Up" hyperlink near the top of the GPS cell phone tracking website. Type a username in the Username field. Create a password in the Password field. Type your current email address in the Email Address field. Read the Terms of Service agreement, and click the "I Agree. Create My Account" button when you're finished.

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Click the "Add a Tracking Device" hyperlink to select your cell phone model from the list on the Web page. Many of the free online GPS cell phone tracking services are compatible with Apple iPhones, Android, BlackBerry and Motorola phones. If you do not see your cell phone listed, you may not be able to use the GPS tracking service. You may be able to use the service if your cell phone is GPS-enabled, has an unlimited data plan and is able to run Java MIDP-2.0 applications. Click the "Other" button if it's shown on the Web page.

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Write down the device key number that's shown on the Web page if you are required to use a device key number with the account. Download and install the GPS Tracker application on your cell phone. Log out of your account.

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Launch the application from your cell phone's Home or Settings screen. Tap the "Continue" button. Enter the device key number that you previously wrote down into the field box. Tap the "Save" button when you're done.

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Log into your GPS cell phone tracking account to find your location on your cell phone. When the GPS tracking software is running on your cell phone, it transmits your real-time location. You are able to see information, such as the latitude, longitude, time and speed at which you're traveling, on your phone.

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About the Author

Jasmine Carpenter enjoys writing Web content articles and designing websites. She studied computer science while attending college in Columbus, Ohio. Carpenter has written several technology-related articles that have appeared on various websites.

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