We usually don’t need to track any person’s location but when we need it, it’s a quick need and we want to track a person’s location as soon as possible. Generally, we need to track location of a person if any unknown person is teasing or threatening us. Sometimes, our friends or known people lie to meet us and make excuses. In that case too, we feel a need to track their exact location so that we can track the targeted person to know whether he/she is lying or not.
Have you also find yourself in such kind of problematic situations when you are in a severe need to track geolocation of a person? If it’s so, today I am going to tell you three working ways to track the targeted person’s location just by chatting through Facebook, WhatsApp, Google+ or any other places such as, by email, chatting through anonymous chatting website Omegle, etc.
Method #1 – Through Facebook Chat
This is somewhat tricky way but it’s quick and straight-forward. Also, this method has been used by lots of people successfully. That’s why I am sharing it here.
Be friend with the person who you want to track (on Facebook). Now, open any browser and start chatting with that person on Facebook. Make sure, you have only single browser and its single tab is open where you are chatting. Also, if you can, check if any of your background apps are using internet connection for updates, terminate those processes by using Task Manager.
Now, follow these steps:
- Press Win+R or navigate through Start >> Run to open Run Dialogue Box
- Type cmd there and hit enter to open it.
- Now, command prompt has opened. Type netstat -an and hit enter
- The above step will list all the ip address which are currently being used. It must contain the person’s IP too, whom you’re chatting with, on Facebook.
- Identify suspicious IP or the person
- Visit http://www.ip-adress.com/ip_tracer/ and put type that IP address to the box saying “lookup this ip or website”
The website will tell you the geolocation of provided IP address. And hence, you will have location of that person.
Method #2 – By Creating Tracking Link
This method is more reliable then the first one. Also, once created, it is easy to use this method to trace IP of any unknown person.
The idea is to create a tracking link which (when clicked by any person) will save his/her IP Address with timestamp and user-agent/browser.
Steps to create tracing link:
- Register on free web hosting websites who lets you to add your own scripts. For e.g., 000webhost, ByteHost, Free Hostia, etc. (See Full List of Free Web Hosting Sites Here)
- Create website by registering a free domain name there. You usually end up in getting sub-domain such as yoursite.freehosting.com, instead of domain like yoursite.com. Make sure the webhost allow you to add your own files.
- Now, download this zip file: Track-IP
- Extract it and you’ll see three files on IP Trace Code folder. Namely: img.jpg, index.php and log.txt. Upload all three files to your website’s root (public_html) folder.
- Now, your website’s link (yoursite.freehosting.com) is the tracking link. Send it to that person and make him/her click on it.
- As soon as the person clicks the URL, your log.txt file will trace his/her IP, Browser with timestamp.
- You can then track IP using any IP Tracer to get the geolocation of that person
TIP :- If you can use it through email, the trick works more powerfully there because you can then hide the URL by using an anchor text that can make receiver click on it.
Method #3 – Using Website Tracing Scripts
This method requires you to have a website. If you don’t have one, create a free blog at blogger.com.
Steps To Track Using Tracking Scripts
- Add Google Analytics tracking code to your website (blogger.com blogs have analytics script already added to it.
- Create a link from your website (hint: create a dummy post which no one have visited, copy its link)
- Now, same as above method, make the person to click/visit the URL.
- If you’re online at the moment, you can see him on real-time stat at your Google Analytics account for the link. If not, you can check Google Analytics later to get its history and details of visitor i.e., that targeted person.
- For the user’s stat, Google Analytics will open more detailed statistics containing user’s IP Address too.
You can use other tracking scripts like Histats, Statcounter, etc.
Method #4 – Using ShortURL Service Bit.ly
This method is “not recommended” because it will just tell you the “country” of person who clicked it. However, it is the fastest way to find out if your friend is really true that he flew away to different country or he is just babbling. Also, if you’re just concerned about knowing the country of targeted person, go for it.
- Visit any unpopular post of any unpopular website
- Copy the URL of that post, put it on Bit.ly and create a short link.
- Send the URL to that targeted person and make him/her to click.
- If he/she clicks, the country tracked and you can track it by adding plus (+) sign to your bit.ly short url. For e.g., if you have sent this short link: https://bitly.com/1l37kBP and the person clicked it, you can check his/her country by visiting https://bitly.com/1l37kBP+ anytime.