Locate a Cell Phone Position for Free Using Where’s My Droid
It’s about time I told you about another free GPS phone tracking app that is available for you to download and use so today I’ll show you how to locate a cell phone position free with a really cool app called Where’s My Droid.
If you haven’t already guessed by the name of this software, this isn’t an app for tracking iPhones or BlackBerrys. It’s also not only for tracking down the location of a Motorola “Droid” cell phone. It will actually work just fine on any phone that runs on the Google Android OS. As a matter of fact, I tested the app on my HTC Thunderbolt and it worked great!
Let me make something clear before you get confused about what this app is actually designed to do. It’s really just designed to help you find your lost or stolen smartphone. Despite the fact that it doesn’t come bundled with a large selection of features, there are lots of really interesting features that make finding a lost phone a breeze with this application!
Keep in mind that most of the time when you misplace your phone, it’s probably somewhere nearby. I usually end up finding mine in between the couch cushions or in the pocket of a pair of jeans that are piled up with all my dirty laundry. The person who designed this app kept this in mind and provided some very useful features that will force the phone to start ringing even if the phone is on silent or vibrate mode.
The manner in which the Where’s My Droid phone tracking app works is kind of interesting. Instead of logging into a website and sending a code to the phone to activate these phone locating features, you simply send a text message to your phone that contains what is called an “attention word”. When you first install the app, the default attention word is “Wheres My Droid”. You can actually change this to be what every you want. If you feel like it, you can change it to be “Pink Puppies”. It really doesn’t matter.
How The App Works:
Here’s how the app works. Once it is installed on your phone, it lies dormant waiting for a text message to be received that contains the attention word. When a text message arrives that contains the attention word, the predefined task will be carried out. You can tell the app to cause the phone to ring for a predetermined length of time. You can choose to make it ring for 30 seconds, 60 seconds, or 5 minutes.
What Makes This Any Better Thank Just Calling Your Phone To Make It Ring?
Well, when you call your phone to make it ring, it will only ring three or four times and that’s only IF your phone isn’t on vibrate or silent mode. If it’s not on silent and it actually does ring, you’ll have to run around the house frantically listening for the ringtone before the call goes to voicemail. This rarely works out very well and if you’ve tried it, you know how frustrating it can be. Just about the time you think you are honing in on the location of your missing phone, it stops ringing and you have to call it again.
The beauty of using this app when you want to locate cell phone position for free is that the app will override the current sound settings and cause your phone to ring at the maximum volume for the predetermined length of time.
How Are You Supposed To Send A Text Message If You Can’t Find Your Phone?
The first thing that came to my mind was how on earth am I supposed to send a text message to find my phone if I can’t find my phone in the first place? Well, there are actually three solutions to this problem. The first two are the “official” methods and the third is one that I came up with on my own. I personally tested all three of these methods and they all resulted in the phone ringing when the attention word was sent to my phone.
- You can send the text message that contains the attention word from a friend’s phone.
- You can send what is called an email-to-text message. For example, I’m with Verizon so I would need to send an email to this email address:email@example.com. The message must contain the attention word in either the subject line or the body of the email. Most cell phone service providers have their own unique way of letting their customers send texts through email.
Here’s a list of those that I’m currently aware of:
- Verizon Method: firstname.lastname@example.org
- AT&T Method: email@example.com
- US Cellular Method: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Alltel Method: phonenumber@message.Alltel.com
- Virgin Mobile Method: email@example.com
- T-Mobile Method: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Cricket Method: email@example.com
- MetroPCS Method: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sprint Method: email@example.com
- You can use a free online texting service with from a website like txtdrop.com or textem.com to send the attention word.
Can This App Really Find My Phone Using GPS?
Actually, the app wasn’t originally designed with this ability in mind but the feature of locating your phone using GPS does in fact work. It is, however, kind of a “no frills” GPS locator. I just tested it by sending the attention word for the GPS locating feature and it worked great on my phone. I need to point out the attention word that you choose for the GPS tracking feature must be ENTIRELY different than the attention word you use to make your phone start ringing. These phrases can’t even contain any of the same words in them or the app will malfunction.
When I tested the GPS location feature, my phone received the attention word and instantly started calculating it’s location. Other than the fact that some text was displayed in the very top most section of my phone that was describing what was happening, it was pretty unobtrusive. As a matter of fact, If I wasn’t looking at the phone, I wouldn’t have noticed anything at all.
After about five seconds, a text messages was sent from my phone to the phone that I sent the text message that contained the attention word. This text message said, “WMD: Attention word received, phone is on and GPS has been started. Please wait up to 5 minutes for a response”.
What actually happened was that in about five seconds, another text message arrived on the phone that said:
Accuracy: 6.0 Meters
Latitude: (my phone’s latitude was reported here)
Longitude: (my phone’s longitude was reported here)
Speed: 0 MPH
I have to admit that this information wouldn’t be much use to me since my brain doesn’t easily decipher latitude and longitude. Fortunately, about a second later, another text message arrived that contained the exact street address of the location of my phone. This address was sent as a link that I could tap on which opened the Google Maps app on my phone. On that map, the exact location of my phone was displayed.
I should point out that another text message also arrived and it simply contained the Google Map’s URL of where I could find my phone. I’m not exactly sure what the need for the redundancy here was but it was there nonetheless.
Is There Anything Else That You Should Know?
One thing that could be very important is the actual selection of the attention word. It’s important that you choose a phrase that would not normally be included in any regular text messages that someone might send you. For example, if you chose the phase “Uncle Mike” to be your attention phrase and someone sends you a text message with the phrase “Uncle Mike” in it, this would either activate the ringing feature or the GPS location feature.
For this reason, it’s really important to choose a phrase that is very unique but easy enough for you to remember. If you chose “Gjkjk$%#%$#_jkl897” as the attention word to locate your phone using GPS, that code is definitely unique but the chance of you remembering it when you need to track down your phone is pretty darn slim.
A Web Based Interface Has Been Added!
When I initially tested this app, I wasn’t able to find a web based interface that I could use to find my phone’s coordinates. I just tested it again today (11-10-2013) and it seems that they’ve upgraded their system to include this. Their website is called Where’s My Droid Commander. You can log in with your username and password to do several things.
- You can view the location of your phone on a Google Map.
- You can send a signal to your phone to make it start ringing.
- You can send a signal to the phone that will cause it to take a picture (only available if you buy the pro version).
- You can send a signal to the phone that will lock it with a password (only available if you buy the pro version).
- You can send a signal to the phone that will delete everything on the device (only available if you buy the pro version).
The Where’s My Droid Download Link
If this app sounds like it might be useful to you, you can download it by clicking here: Click Here To Download Where’s My Droid
As always, I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking the time to read my article. If you’re still hungry for more interesting cell phone related articles, perhaps I might suggest that you read Call My Cell Phone From Computer or maybe Best Texting App For Android.