Tracking down lost Android smartphones via GPS can be done using the Plan B application while locating lost iPhones on the other hand can be done using the Find My iPhone app. Non-smartphone cellphones can also be tracked down with GPS by subscribing to a GPS tracking service called AccuTracking.
The method of tracking down both Android-based smartphones and iPhones via GPS are similar. iPhone users follow a different procedure.
- Download the app
- Install Plan B
- Install Find My iPhone
For Android smartphones, download the Plan B app via Google Play on a computer or any compatible mobile device. Remember to log on to the same Google Play account used to download apps on the missing Android smartphone.
Once the Plan B application has finished downloading on a computer or other compatible device, install the app. The app will also automatically install itself into the missing smartphone. After the app has finished installing, the GPS location of the missing smartphone will be emailed to the user's Gmail account.
The Find My iPhone app comes pre-installed in iDevices running IOS 5 and later. To track a missing iPhone, borrow any iDevice, and then download and install the Find My iPhone application if it does not have the app. Launch the app and then log on with your Apple ID and the app will display the location of the missing smartphone.