Tracking someone’s location without giving a clue about it can be your dire need sometimes. Necessity is the mother of invention. With the advancement in technology, there are several reasons to track someone’s current location without them noticing it. You may want to know your partner’s location, to know where your kid is, to check your employee’s location at any time or when your closest person is away from you and unreachable which worried you. Whatever the reason, it is obvious that you do not want them to know that you are spying upon them. You are at the right place if you want to know how to track someone’s phone.
Apple made a mobile application ‘Find My Friends’ in 2012 to solve this matter. This application gained worldwide fame in a pretty small time. To get started you first have to download this application from iOS App Store if the person you are want to spy has iOS 8. In iOS 9 and plus this application is pre-installed. I have listed step by step guide in order to make it a piece of cake for you to spy on someone’s location using your iPhone.
Step # 1
The first step to do after downloading the application on your mobile phone is to open the application ‘Find My Friends’ that you have downloaded on your iPhone. Go to the settings. In settings, you will find ‘Share My Location’, just enable it. Make sure that the location is getting shared from this particular device and not from an iPad or any other iCloud account associated with it. Or you may end up tracking the device which is already in your house because of same iCloud account.
Step # 2
Open the same application on your iPhone. To enable Airdrop system from the control center just swipe up with your finger from the bottom of the display screen. If the contact information of that person is saved on your phone, then you will find it easily. Otherwise, you will have to make yourself discoverable to ‘Everyone’ from the settings in order to build a connection.
Now to build a connection, go to their phone add and open that application ‘Find My Friends’ After opening the application go to contacts and select your contact from the list. Now in order to share the location, you will find several options there. Some of the options will be related to time like for how much time do you want to keep sharing your location with the connected device. Click on ‘Share Indefinitely’ to share that person’s location and to display it on your phone for an unlimited amount of time until they turn it off from the settings.
Step # 3
After doing all the above-mentioned task take your phone and wait for the notification. Sometimes the notification is delivered within a second and sometimes it takes a minute. From the settings, you have already shared their location with your mobile phone and now you are waiting for confirmation. As soon as you see the notification just click on ‘Accept’. Hooray! You have successfully enabled location sharing from their device to yours.
But still, there is one important thing to do. A pop up will open asking you if you want to share your location with that particular person or not. Well, if you want to share your location with that person, then go on and click on ‘Share’ when the pop-up will ask you if you want to allow your location sharing too? In case you want to know that person’s location secretly then there is no need to share your location and simply click on ‘Do not Share’.
Step # 4
All the settings have been done up to this point. Now it is time to see their current location. In order to view their position, open the ‘Find My Friends’ application and simply click on their contact information. After doing so you will be able to see their current location on the map. The current location changes are updated by the system every second so you have to make sure that internet is connected. Only then you will be updated about their movement every second.
At this point, you will also be able to view many other smart settings to set up. For example, you can check the option if you want to get a notification every time their current position changes. You will be notified every time they leave from their home or office or any other certain position. It is a good option if you want to get alert when someone is leaving their current position or is reaching you.
Step # 5
The last and the final thing to do is to hide ‘Find My Friends’ application from their mobile phone so that they do not know that their location is getting shared. Although most of the people do not bother opening applications which they do not use. But still, one must not take a risk.
There are two ways to hide the application from the display screen of that person’s mobile phone.
- Hide this application using a Dock
- Hide this application using a folder
Both of these methods are of equal use but there is a slight difference. When a person will restart a device, the hidden applications using dock may and may not appear again. It solely depends on the settings of that mobile phone. But the application hidden using a folder will stay in a folder even when the person restarts the mobile phone. But hiding this application using a folder still can be a risky thing to do as that person can check its folders.
Sharing the location certainly breaches the privacy of that person but you will get to know what you want to know. I am not in favor of breaching privacy but in some cases, it can be really important to know. Besides, one must have knowledge about the built-in applications in their mobile phones.
My name is John O. Brooks, an IT graduate, and a University topper. It is my hobby to write about technology. I am always open to new ideas and opportunities because life is too small to not to experience everything.