How Phone Tracker Works

Do you ever feel like you're being followed? If so, you may be wondering how the phone tracker works. Luckily, this technology has made it easier for parents to keep tabs on their children and for employers to track employees. Here, we will discuss how a phone tracker works and how it can be used. We will also provide a few tips on how to stay safe while using a phone tracker.

Phone tracking is the process of using a phone or other mobile device to track the device's location. This can be done for various reasons, such as finding a lost or stolen phone, tracking a person's movements, or monitoring someone's activity.

If you want to track a cell phone, first, you need to find which technology is being used by your mobile network provider. As we all know, technology has been changing day by day, and the mobile industry is developing very fast. Different types of technologies are being used in different parts of the world. Some of these technologies are:

  • CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access)
  • GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications)
  • UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System)

The main difference between these technologies is that CDMA is a channel-based technology and GSM is a timing-based technology. Channel-based means CDMA assigns each user a specific frequency with which they can communicate with each other. In contrast, timing-based means GSM assigns users time slots on a specific frequency, where they can communicate with each other.

What is GPS?

The Global Positioning System (GPS) uses radio and satellite signals to tell GPS receivers where they are and when on the Earth's surface. The system sends microwave transmissions, which GPS receivers on or near the ground are used to determine location and time and calculate speed.

The United States Government created and implemented this satellite-based navigation system, maintained by the United States Air Force. The GPS requires a minimum of 24 operational satellites in 6 orbits at an altitude of 20,200 km (12,600 mi) and an inclination of 55 degrees to provide worldwide coverage. However, individual users can pick up satellite signals with a GPS receiver anywhere long as large structures like buildings or mountains do not block them.

The GPS receiver must be linked to at least three satellites to find your precise position on Earth. If four or more satellites are visible, the receiver can compute a 3-D position (longitude, latitude, and altitude). Once the receiver has locked on to these satellites, it will remain locked as long as it has a clear view of each satellite. Most receivers use an electronic compass to find direction.

Network-based phone track

This is the most common and generally best method to track a phone. When your device is turned on, it communicates with nearby cell towers and gives off a unique radio signal. These radio signals are how your network provider can tell which tower is closest to you and how they know which way to route your call or data request.

By looking at this data, your carrier can (with a very rough estimation) figure out where you are. When you make a call, send a text, or open an app on your phone, this process happens automatically.

This tracking is fairly accurate — within about 100 meters — and doesn't require much battery power, so it's usually enabled by default on smartphones. It also happens whether you have location services turned on or not. This can be useful if you need to track a lost or stolen phone.

Some carriers allow you to look up your device's location history through their website or app, but most don't offer this feature for free. Network-based tracking works best with a strong cell signal, so it may be harder to locate if the phone can't find any service.

Wi-Fi-based phone track

There are some ways to track your mobile phone if it is connected to the internet. One way is by using Wi-Fi networks. You may not know this, but your phone has a GPS that allows it to be tracked.

How does it work? When you turn on the GPS on your phone, it will ask you if you want to allow the GPS to see where you are. If you agree, then your phone will be able to find out where you are based on the Wi-Fi networks that are around you.

How does this help locate my phone? Many people have their phones stolen or lost when they leave them at home or in another location where they don't have access to a Wi-Fi network. This makes it easier for someone to steal your phone because they don't have to use a GPS device or wait until they get home to use one.

To find your phone to work effectively, you will need to make sure that the Wi-Fi connections are strong and that the cell towers are not too far away. Otherwise, your phone might not pick up any signals and will only be able to find the nearest Wi-Fi network.

Handset-based phone track

Handset-based phone tracking involves a scintillating, double-edged sword.

On the one hand, it's great that so many Android phones and iPhones come with built-in GPS receivers. The location data they provide can be extremely useful in an emergency, when a family member needs help or when you want to make sure your kids are where they say they are.

The downside is that location data is being collected on you. Your movements are recorded and stored by your mobile devices, whether you know it. It's even possible for someone with physical access to your device to find out where you've been over months and months — without ever needing to crack into your phone or install spyware.

But how does this work? What kind of location data gets stored? How can you delete it? Keep reading to learn more about handset-based phone tracking and what you can do about it.

Handset-based phone tracking uses GPS or other location-tracking technology built into your mobile device to track your movements. This data can be used for various purposes, from providing you with turn-by-turn directions to helping emergency services find you if you're in trouble.

Most modern smartphones come with some form of location-tracking technology built-in. For example, iPhones and iPads have always had a feature called "Find My iPhone" that allows users to track the location of their devices (and, by extension, the people using them). And Android has had similar features for years, though they've often been less reliable than Apple's offering.

In addition to GPS, location data can also be collected using other methods, such as triangulating your position based on the strength of nearby cell towers or Wi-Fi networks. However, GPS is the most accurate way to track someone's location.

It's important to note that handset-based phone tracking only works if the location services on your device are turned on. For instance, if you have an iPhone, you'll need to go into the Settings app and make sure that the "Location Services" toggle is switched to the ON position. On Android, the steps will vary depending on your specific device. Still, you should be able to find the relevant setting in the "Security & Location" section of your device's settings.

What Kind of Data Gets Collected?

When location services are turned on, your mobile device will constantly collect data about your location. This data can be extremely detailed, showing where you are and where you've been and how long you stayed there.

On iPhones and iPads, this data is stored in a file called "consolidated.db." This file is encrypted, so it's not easy for someone to read it without access to your device's passcode (or the ability to bypass it). But if someone does have access to your device, they can use special software to read the contents of this file and see a detailed history of everywhere you've been over an extended period.

The same is true on Android devices, though the location data is stored slightly differently. On most devices, this data is stored in a file called "mmssms.db" (though some devices may use a different name). This file is encrypted with the iPhone, so it's not easy to read without access to your device. But if someone does have access to your device, they can use special software to read the contents of this file and see a detailed history of everywhere you've been over an extended period.

In addition to location data, these files also often contain other sensitive information, such as the addresses and phone numbers of everyone you've contacted. So if someone does gain access to your device, they'll be able to see not only where you've been but also who you've been in contact with and when.

How Can You Delete This Data?

The good news is that it's possible to delete this data if you're concerned about someone being able to track your movements. On iPhones and iPads, you can do this by going into the Settings app and selecting the "Privacy" option. Select the "Location Services" option and then scroll down to the "System Services" section. In this section, you'll see an option called "Significant Locations." Selecting this option will show you a list of all the places your device has tracked you over time.

You can then select these locations and delete them from your device. Remember, though, that this will only delete the location data for that specific place. So if you've been to a particular location multiple times, you'll need to delete each instance separately.

On Android devices, the steps will vary depending on your specific device. But in general, you should be able to find the relevant setting by going into the "Security & Location" section of your device's settings. Look for an option called "Google Location History" and select it. This will take you to a page where you can see all the places your device has tracked you over time.

You can then select these locations and delete them from your device. Remember, though, that this will only delete the location data for that specific place. So if you've been to a particular location multiple times, you'll need to delete each instance separately.

Sim-based phone track

SIM-based phone tracking technology is taking off, and it's not just police departments using the technology.

The system works in a very similar way to "stingrays," the controversial cellphone tracking devices that can pinpoint a phone's location by mimicking cell towers that mobile phones connect to. That method effectively collects data from a wide area, but it doesn't provide much detail about the device being tracked. It also doesn't work for people who have their phones turned off.

A SIM card (Subscriber Identity Module), used by GSM networks (most commonly used by AT&T and T-Mobile), stores the data needed to identify you on the network. According to The Washington Post, law enforcement agencies are starting to use devices that can read this information from SIM cards without the knowledge of their owners.

Nowadays, there are many types of SIM tracker apps available on the market that you can use to protect your kids from any dangers of the internet or bullies. However, you need to choose a reliable and trustworthy one for yourself. Here are some recommended ones for you:

Flexispy - One of the best and most trusted apps that you can use to track your kid's cell phone activities with ease

Spymaster Pro - Another phone tracker app that has been around for quite some time now and has helped many parents track their kids in real-time

mSpy - This app is also known for its reliability in tracking cell phone activities and has a lot of satisfied users.

Hybrid positioning system

The use of hybrid positioning systems is becoming increasingly popular. It is the method of combining multiple positioning systems to achieve better accuracy than each system could achieve on its own. For example, a mobile phone user can be located via GSM and Wi-Fi technology, or a GPS/GNSS receiver integrated with an inertial measurement unit (IMU) can be used for navigation.

By combining widely available GPS signals with other location-based technologies, such as IP address and cell ID, the system can accurately locate any smartphone on the planet.


To sum it up, there are various ways that your device can track your location. If you're concerned about your privacy, it's important to be aware of the different methods used and how to opt out of them if you don't want to be tracked. However, keep in mind that some of these methods, such as GPS and SIM-based tracking, can also be very useful in keeping track of your belongings or loved ones. So it's a nice idea to weigh the pros and cons before deciding whether or not to disable any location-tracking features on your devices.