How to Track a Phone Without Internet

We have already talked about how to monitor a phone over the Internet. Today we will focus on determining the location of the phone. There are many ways to determine the location of an Android phone. I will talk about the best in my opinion.

This can be useful not only from the position of covert tracking of a person or finding a lost or stolen device, but also, for example, if, for example, it is necessary to monitor the whereabouts of a child or other family member.

How to track phone location

For this purpose, a number of applications from Google, as well as separate utilities, which are some kind of social direction finders, such as, for example, Life360, have been created.

The principle of operation of both those and others is based on the collection and processing of data from technologies such as GPS, Wi-Fi, GSM and others.

How to track location using Google

To date, there are 2 ways. Respectively 2 applications. You will need to have access to the device that you are going to track, as well as authorization data in the Google account that is used on this device.

Track location using Google Maps

The function for tracking is built-in as standard in the Google Maps application (hereinafter GM). And it’s called “Location Reporting.”

To track the location of the phone you will need:

  • This application, both on your device and on someone else’s
  • Access to someone else’s device
  • Last account used by Google

So, go to GM, on the phone whose location you want to track. Open the settings tray and go to the “Location Reporting” function.

How to Track a Phone Without Internet

Track your phone location using Google Maps

Here, click “Start” and select how long the device will show its location. Now mark to whom it will be visible (from contacts).

Before that, you must add your account (to which location data will be visible) to the contacts on the device.

Track your phone location using Google Maps

You should see a message saying that you are showing the other person where you are.

Track your phone location using Google Maps

It remains to log in to your device in GM (it must be connected to the account that you specified in the contacts on another device). From the top, select the icon of the person you will be tracking. Everything, you see his whereabouts.

You can also allow another device to see your location.

Previously, the tracking function was also in the social service Google. And in GM, using the command “Show where I am”, you could open your location to someone. Now, the developers have finalized the command “Show where I am” in the new function “Transfer location”. When you select “Friends on the map” in Google, you will be automatically transferred to GM.

Track location with Find My Device

This is a specially developed tool that consists of two parts. The application on your phone or tablet and the corresponding web resource on the global network (site).
The first works in conjunction with the second. If the phone was stolen, for example, then you can go through the browser to the Google website, in the Find My Device section, perform a series of actions, which will be discussed below.

Also, which is very important, if you install the application on someone else’s phone and you know the data of the google account (mail and password) that this device and the application are connected to, you can track it both from another smartphone and from a PC. Now I’ll tell you more.

The first thing to do is install the Find My Device app on the Play Market. Then log in to it using the account that is connected to your device. Be sure to give access to location data.

Location by phone using Find My Device

All of you went to the application interface. Here you can see information about the battery charge and connection on your phone. You can also perform a number of actions: for example, ring your phone or block it. The item “Clear data” is not displayed, as the application “understands” that it is running on the same device.

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When you go to the account that is on the same phone, then all these functions seem useless. However, if you log into the account of another device, you can perform all these actions remotely.
This will be especially useful if the device is stolen or you simply cannot find it. Visit the Find My Device website. Log in to the account that was connected to the device.

Location by phone using Find My Device

You see the same features and location, of course. Now everything is simple: you can’t find at home. Ring, stole or lose on the street. At least block or even erase the data.

Popular location tracking apps

As you know, there are a lot of these applications. Here I will describe only 3 of them that I liked for one reason or another: functionality, speed, design, focus, etc.


This app helps you track the movement of your family members. In fact, you are creating a group in which everyone can see the location of others, as well as their history of messages and calls.

Friend locator

This application got here not only because it is very simple and convenient for tracking location and receiving information, but also because it is completely free.

Phone Number Tracking

It seems to be not the most popular program on the Google Play Market, you say. However, this is not at all true. Since the application is paid, many functions are closed. Therefore, people who do not understand, put low marks.

This is actually a very functional application. You can track any device by phone number. And if you install this client on the device, then you can:

  • Make it invisible
  • Remotely receive recordings of conversations, messages
  • Remotely receive screenshots
  • Monitor application usage data

Life360: be with your family

I really liked the application. I started using it myself. Honestly, this is not just a means of tracking. It is a whole social cross-platform system.

You can create various user groups, communicate with them. In addition, there are many other features, both free and paid.

Free features

After registration, you are immediately invited to enter the code to join any existing circle (group). When creating any circle, it is immediately assigned a code. With it, users can be added there. You can also create any circle yourself and send a code.

When a circle is created, you can add places and locations to it. For example, a house, work, or a specific area (place). Thus, when you exit or enter one of the members of the circle, you will know about it. Agree. This is just a great solution for parents.

Among the free features, in addition to these and chat, there is also the ability to set up notifications about the battery level on the device of any of the participants in the circle.
And one more thing that is very important is the ability to set up the panic button. If necessary, you can by clicking on this button send data about your location to selected contacts.

Premium Account Features

There are several advantages in a premium account, for which I consider it worth paying these 5 per month.

Firstly, this is an additional function Driving. This is a whole segment of this platform, with which the driver’s driving style is tracked. Thus, when an unsafe style is detected, the application automatically notifies certain members of the circle (for example, parents) about this.

Other useful and interesting features:

  • The ability to create an unlimited number of seats
  • 30 days location log
  • Optimized update location of circle members

Also, according to Chris Halls, the creator of the platform, Life360 plans to create a joint calendar and task book. And this, as you know, will significantly expand the capabilities of the application. And it will make it possible to carry out joint planning from anywhere in the city, country, or even the world.


As you can see, tracking your phone’s location is pretty simple. And there are many ways to do this. Above, I talked about the most popular and convenient (in my opinion).

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There can be countless applications. However, the main one is security and monitoring. Also, location tracking, as it turned out, can also be used socially. And there are entire platforms for this, such as Life360.

You can monitor using your mobile phone in various ways. In the articles “How to monitor the phone” and “How to track Android via the Internet”, we already talked about how to organize monitoring of a phone, more precisely a smartphone, or a tablet based on the Android operating system. But in today’s article, I would like to talk about another elegant way to track the phone and, most importantly, to make it hidden.

How to track your phone?

  • Foreword
  • Features of Avast Anti-Theft
  • Download Avast Anti-Theft
  • Configure Avast Anti-Theft
  • Using Avast Anti-Theft

Today we will talk about the Avast Anti-Theft application, which, in addition to its main function, Anti-Theft can be used as an application for tracking the phone.

In the beginning I called this method “Elegant”, this is not because I am a big fan of Avast antivirus, but because installing Avast antivirus along with Avast Anti-Theft program, with which we will monitor the phone, you can perfectly mask and hide the fact surveillance.

Avast anti-theft

By installing any application to track your phone on your phone, you give this application a bunch of rights and permissions. Therefore, it is very important that the program, or rather the developer, have a good reputation. And Avast, as you know, is not Turker Bayram with its malicious applications, which I talked about in the article “How to find out who went to Instagram.” Avast is reliability! I do not speak in terms of antivirus, this is a separate issue. I’m talking about the fact that he does not need the secrets of your phone. Of course there is no 100% guarantee, but this is unlikely.

Key features of Avast Anti-Theft

Let’s look at what a well-known anti-virus company offers to the user. To begin with, the application has two versions: free and paid.

In the free version:

  • Location tracking.
  • Complete and final data destruction.
  • Emergency phone lock.
  • Turn on the siren.
  • Hidden forwarding of all calls and SMS messages.
  • Sending messages to the phone.
  • The call to the phone.
  • Partial masking of the application on the phone.
  • List of trusted SIM cards.
  • Save battery power.
  • Low Battery Notification.
  • Remote reboot.
  • Remotely change Avast Anti-Theft settings

In the premium version:

  • Remotely listening and recording sound.
  • Camera shot (front and back).
  • Receive data stored on the phone.

As you can see, even in the free version of the Avast Anti-Theft application, there are quite large opportunities. Now let’s figure out how to install it, configure it and work with it correctly.

Download Avast Anti-Theft

You need to install the application on the device that you want to track. Remotely install fails. You must have physical access to a smartphone or other mobile device.

To get started, go to the download page. You can download the Avast Anti-Theft app from this direct link from Google Play. We go to the official page of the application and click “Install.”

Recently, the Avast Anti-Theft application has become part of the Avast Antivirus application. It is not possible to install separately.

As I said, every time you download applications from the market, you need to look at what rights the program asks for. In this case, the list of permissions is quite large, and this is not good. But there is nothing to be done about it, since the program really needs access to these parameters for the correct operation.

After installation, click “Open” or close Google Play and launch the application using the icon on the desktop.

Configure Avast Anti-Theft

After starting, you will be prompted to enter the name of the owner of the device. Enter and click “Continue.”

Now you need to set the PIN code.

Enter the secret code twice and click “Confirm”.

We link the created account with the Avast web panel.

To do this, you need to register your account on the Avast website. Enter your work email address and double password. I really do not recommend registering or logging in using social networks.

Do not forget to save the password securely, you will need it. For this purpose, I recommend using the best KeePass password manager in my opinion.

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If you did everything correctly, the main program window will appear.

To activate the device and enable protection, it is necessary to set the slider to the active position. The program will not enable the tracking mode until all the required fields are filled in!

After turning on the hidden mode, the program shortcut on the desktop and in the application menu will be deleted. To call the application, you need to send a special command from the control panel on the Avast website. After that, the application will rise and you can change the settings. In addition, you can change the application settings directly from the control panel, remotely, without resorting to launching the application on the device itself.

In principle, there is nothing to tell, everything is extremely simple. You will figure it out for yourself. A lot here depends on your personal preferences. The developer did his best and provided every item with detailed hints.

Everything about the phone, we sort of figured out. Now let’s move on to the Avast web interface with which we will monitor and control your smartphone / tablet via the Internet.

We go to the official Avast site (in my case, I used the mobile version of the site, because I wanted to track the phone using another phone) and enter the login and password that we registered when installing the application.

If the interface is in English, then immediately change it to your language. In my case, Russian. We click on the icon “Three stripes” and in the drop-down menu, click on the item “Language Settings”. Then select the desired language.

The main page displays all devices on which the Avast Anti-Theft application and other Avast products are installed. By clicking on the device we get to the control center. All settings, monitoring and control of the device occur here.

At the top is the status of the device, and below are the management tools. I will not talk in detail about each tool, I will only tell you how to enable or disable a particular function.

By clicking on one of the icons you enter the function control. The gray color of the icon indicates that the function is not activated, and the green color means that the tool is turned on.

For example, you need to track the location on a map. Click on the “Find” icon, which is responsible for the location of the phone, and look at where the smartphone or tablet is currently located. In addition, it is possible to view the entire history of the movement of the phone and the exact coordinates of the device, both for the entire time and for a certain period.

Now a few words about how the program hides its presence. As I understand it, in the premium version, the application can hide itself completely. The user will not see the application in the list of their applications. In the regular version there is no such possibility, but there is an interesting function, activation of which does not give the user the opportunity to delete the application. When I get the premium version for the test, I’ll tell you how everything works there and whether the game is worth the candle.

Well, that’s all. In all the rest, I hope to figure it out for yourself. In general, I was pleased with this application and I can safely recommend it to you knowing that this application will not harm you and your loved ones.

Do not forget that there are many applications that offer the same functions, but while you follow others. They can follow you. Do not forget about the safety of your loved ones and the protection of your phone!

As you can see, tracking the phone is not so difficult. I tried to explain as accessible as possible, so that it would be clear even to a novice in computer matters. If you have questions, write in the comments. I would also like to know your opinion about the program, it may not coincide with mine, but it can be very useful for visitors to our site. As always, all comments except mat and politics will be approved. Well, do not forget to subscribe to us on social networks. Good luck friends!