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 around, but if you don't have an iOS or Mac computer handy, you can use an Android device.

Finding an iPhone on Android is fairly easy, though users will need to have the proper settings enabled ahead of time. Here we cover four different 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 still be determined in the event that the battery dies.

A person is holding an iPhone next to a traditional map. The iPhone displays the Maps app.
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How to Track an iPhone With an Android Browser

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

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

    Android mobile browsers do not support iCloud.com. To access the website, select the menu indicated by three dots at the top right of your screen, then select Desktop site. This will display the website as if it were on a computer.

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  2. From the menu select Find iPhone.

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  3. Under All Devices, select the device you are looking for.

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  4. Select one of three options to locate or control your missing device:

  • Play Sound to help find your device by an audible signal.
  • Enable Lost Mode to prevent intruders from hacking your device.
  • Erase iPhone/iPad to remotely erase the phone's data.

If you're using an Android device that is not yours, run the browser in incognito mode so none of your personal information is stored. Be sure to log out of all accounts and close the incognito browser when you're finished.

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How to Track an iPhone Using a Google Account

If you have a Gmail or Google account, you can easily use it to find your missing iOS device.

  1. Open an incognito tab in a browser on any Android device and log in to account.google.com with your Google credentials.

  2. Select Security. Scroll down to the Your Devices pane and select Find a lost device. All the devices connected to your Google account will be listed here, including iPhones.

  3. Select the iPhone you wish to track and input your Google password once more. This step is done for extra verification.

  4. Select one of four options to control or locate your missing device, including:

  • Find and lock your iPhone
  • Try calling your phone
  • Sign out on your phone
  • Reach out to your carrier

How to Track an iPhone Location With Google Maps

It's possible to track your iPhone with Google Maps but success is not guaranteed, as you will need to have a specific setting enabled on the iPhone before it goes missing.

In order for this method to work, you must have Google Maps installed on your iPhone and location access enabled. To do this, navigate to the Google Maps settings on your iPhone and select Location. Under Allow Navigation Access, select Always.

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

  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 will appear in the timeline and provide an indication of 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 user must have the app installed before the phone goes missing.

To be safe, use a GPS tracking app that's compatible with both iOS and Android, such as GPS Tracker by 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. Alternatively, you can log in to your Life360 account from an incognito browser on an Android device to track your phone. Many other tracking apps will work in a similar fashion.