Is it possible to locate a phone without an app?

Losing a phone has become very common. We get too many request from users on how to track a phone once its lost. But unless there is an Anti-theft app installed on the phone it’s almost impossible to track it on your own (without the help of Police).

It’s important to have one or the other Anti-Theft / tracker app installed to locate your device when lost/stolen or misplaced. You will have only few minutes before the thief removes battery and/or factory resets your device. So it’s very critical to have an app which would take some pics and location before it’s gone forever.

The following apps helps you locate your phone when lost:

1. Google Find My Device
This app is from Google and it keeps updating your location once in a while. When lost, you can just go here and get the latest location. Play a sound or even Erase the device from website.

2. Track My Phone

This app will help you take pic from front and back camera, get latest location, ring round alarm, turn on flashlight and more.

If you miss your phone in a restaurant and the waiter or the cleaner claims to have not seen any, you can quickly play the alarm by logging into website from another device. Even if the volume is low the app will increase it to full and play the alarm helping you to locate the phone.

3. The last resort is to go to Police and ask them to locate the device with help of operator. Even if the device is factory reset the operator can get the new SIM/Number assigned to your mobile with help of IMEI number. Many Police office will have tie up with Operator to give them the information of any IMEI. Its a different story that Police officers will be reluctant to register an FIR and go through the headache as either they will be part in the crime or if the mobile has reached some other city then it wont be under their jurisdiction.

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Srihari Karanth is an active developer and Founder of TrackMyPhones. He is a former Software Architect in Global MNC. He now works on building new innovative mobile applications and websites. You can reach him at


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