Smartphone technology not only makes our lives easier but it also allows us to see and monitor other phones from a remote location. Oftentimes, this is good for keeping up with our loved ones, who may or may not be completely honest or coherent in their whereabouts.
We’ll discuss how to secretly track an Android from your iPhone. This will include the reasons why you may want to do this along with a short tutorial on how to track an Android using iPhone apps. However, such a discussion deserves touching on the subject of the ethical implications of tracking someone else’s private number and location.
The Digital Detective: Why You Might Need to Track Android Devices
There are times when you may feel you need to track other Android devices you don’t own. The first is for family members, specifically your children. This is useful to ensure their safety and to see that the children are doing/going where they say they are. Elderly relatives are another good reason, especially if they’re experiencing Alzheimer’s or dementia. If they at least know to bring their Android with them, you can find where they are and help keep them safe.
The Cross-Platform Challenge: Tracking Android with Your iPhone
Tracking an Android with your iPhone isn’t impossible, but there are specific conditions in which that can happen. There are three main ways:
When any of the Android user’s Google contacts have access to their location
When the iPhone user has the Android user’s login information
In the event, the iPhone user has an app to allow tracking of friends and family
Step-by-Step Guide: Tracking Android Devices Using iPhone Apps
The best way to track an Android device is by using an iPhone app like Family Orbit. However, for this to be effective, the Android device must also have the app installed with permissions set up through that device. Employ the following steps to institute this method:
Download Family Orbit using Google Chrome from the Android device while also ensuring it’s downloaded on your iPhone (via the App Store).
Once the file finishes uploading, tap on “open” and Google will prompt you to adjust the settings on the phone to allow the app from the browser source. Tap on “settings” and allow Google to download Family Orbit.
Now, select “install” to initiate the installation and wait for it to complete; subsequently, open the app.
Once you approach Family Orbit’s “Welcome Screen,” hit “Sign Up” and create a new account. However, if you already have an account on your iPhone, then you should select “Sign In” and follow the prompts accordingly.
Once you’ve signed up or signed in, then select who the Android device belongs to. Whether for your child or an elderly relative, select “Child.” Only select “Parent” when setting up on your iPhone.
Insert the child’s name and click on the checkbox to invite the phone to your digital circle of people. The next screen will ask you to set permissions, monitoring parameters, and other settings pertinent to usage.
Once the “Syncing with Family” feature updates, you can proceed to monitor the person.
Sneaky or Justified? Ethics of Tracking Someone Else’s Android
If you wish to track someone else’s device, you must evaluate the ethics of doing so. While tracking someone else’s Android can be useful to help you locate loved ones, it can also be an underhanded pursuit. This is especially true when you’re trying to spy on people for the sake of snooping on them.
In the event you’re trying to be sneaky or deceptive, consider the fact that you have no right to do this. Even if someone is harassing, hounding, or stalking you or you suspect your significant other of cheating, it’s not a good idea to attempt tracking their whereabouts.
Even though it’s rather easy to secretly track an Android from your iPhone, make sure you’re doing it for the right reasons. It goes back to the idea that just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. If you have to monitor a loved one, then it may be appropriate.