How to Track an iPhone From an Android Phone

Recover your phone quickly and easily with an Android device

Find My iPhone is a great tool for locating a missing iOS device. It helps to have another Apple product, but if you don't have an iOS or Mac computer, use an Android device. Before you can find an iPhone on Android, the proper settings must be enabled ahead of time. Here are four ways to track an iPhone with any Android device.

When setting up Find my iPhone, enable the Send last location option. This ensures a location can be determined if the battery dies.

These steps work on all currently supported iPhones and any Android device capable of running the apps mentioned below.

How to Track an iPhone With an Android Browser

Follow these instructions to locate a missing iPhone with any Android browser app.

On an Android device that isn't yours, run the browser in incognito mode. This way, none of your personal information is stored.

  1. Log in to iCloud.com with your Apple ID.

  2. From the menu, select Find iPhone.

  3. Select the device you want to find.

    Find iPhone and a device on an Android
  4. Select one of three options to locate or control the missing device:

    • Play Sound to find the device by an audible signal.
    • Enable Lost Mode to prevent intruders from hacking the device.
    • Erase iPhone/iPad to erase the device's data remotely.
    Options in Find a Phone on an Android
  5. If the browser is in incognito mode, log out of all accounts and close the incognito browser when you finish.

How to Track an iPhone Location With Google Maps

It's possible to track your iPhone with Google Maps, but success isn't guaranteed. A specific setting must be enabled on the iPhone before it goes missing.

For this method to work, Google Maps must be installed on the iPhone and location access enabled. From the Google Maps app, tap your profile image at the top and then choose Settings. Tap Personal content and then check that your location tracking is enabled in both the Location Services and Location History settings screens.

  1. With Google Maps location access enabled on the missing device, open a web browser on the Android device and log in to your Timeline.

  2. Select the date your phone went missing and review your travel routes and visited locations. If you took photos on that date, the images appear in the timeline and indicate where you were the last time you used the device.

How to Track an iPhone With a GPS Tracking App

Using a GPS tracking app is also a good tool for locating a lost or stolen iPhone. However, the app must be installed before the phone goes missing.

To be safe, use a GPS tracking app that's compatible with both iOS and Android, such as Life 360. Have a friend with an Android device install the same app and use the app on your phone to locate your phone if it's lost or log in to your Life360 account from an incognito browser on an Android device to track your phone.

Other tracking apps work in a similar fashion.