Missing Child? Here’s How You Can Geo-Locate Them Using Their Phone

Looking for your child is a distressing time for any parent. Here’s how to use Xnspy to geo-locate them using their phone.


Trying to locate your missing child is a situation we wouldn’t wish on any parent. It is the absolute worst feeling in the world to have your little one lost out there somewhere. So while the intended purpose of this article is to help narrow anyone’s search and provide useful information should an event of this sort presents itself, we strongly advise all parents to contact the authorities first and foremost before trying any similar secondary measures.

That being said, with the implosion of technology over the last two decades and the advent of the smartphone, getting access to someone’s geolocation is a fairly easy task. Almost every smartphone available today has a built-in GPS, and they work with incredible precision when connected to an internet service. Today, we’ll be discussing a few ways on how to track a real-time phone location for any missing child or person.

Location-Tracking Applications

Both Apple and Android have their respective “Find My” apps, but their primary function is to retrieve a lost or stolen device. These apps also can’t always provide real-time location monitoring either. Plus, these apps rely on an active internet connection to work. Location-tracking applications easily navigate around these problems and offer a real-time location tracking alternative.

Xnspy is a popular location-tracking and phone monitoring tool that has favorable reviews to back its service up. Before we learn how to track a real-time phone location using Xnspy, there are a few prerequisites we must go through first. These are as follows:

  • Xnspy must be installed on the target device and it must be functioning properly.
  • There should be a working internet connection on the monitored device.
  • The target device must have its location services turned on.

Besides location-tracking, Xnspy allows you to monitor your child’s location history to access places your child had visited, apply geofencing tools to disable them from entering or visiting specific locations, and you can watchlist certain areas for added security too.

How to track a real-time phone location using Xnspy?

Regardless of the device you use or want to monitor (Android or iPhone), you can easily install Xnspy. Once installed, the methods of tracking are similar across the two mobile platforms. Here is how you can get started:

Step 1: Install and enable Xnspy

For Android: You will receive an email after subscribing to Xnspy with the guided instructions. Simply follow them to install and enable the app.


For iPhone: Once you have subscribed to Xnspy you must pair the iPhone’s iCloud with the app. You can then follow the guided iOS guide to continue.

Step 2: Log into your account

You can access your Xnspy dashboard by visiting https://cp.xnspy.com/ and entering your credentials.


Step 3: Choose “LOCATIONS” from the menu

Once in the dashboard, you will see the menu on the left side of the screen. Select the “Locations” menu from the options.


Step 4: Go through the “LOCATION HISTORY” log

From here, you will be able to view the location history log of the monitored phone. Their current location will also be highlighted on the map with a pin.

Step 5: Going deeper into the details

In order to view the log of their previous locations, you must click on any of the available locations and view them on the map. You will be provided with the exact time and date of the visit with the name of the location.


Watchlisting locations using Xnspy

Watchlisting is a popular feature of Xnspy. This allows you to keep tabs on the specific areas your child visits, and once within the premises of the area, you will be instantly notified.

Here is how you get started with watchlisting locations on the app. To watch a list of specific locations, you can begin by clicking “Settings” on the same dashboard menu.

From here, you can select the “Add Place” icon found at the top right corner of the screen.

Here, you can further specify the exact location and then select the time you would like to get an alert. You can get customized notifications on when they check-in or check out too. For further management, you can also specify the radius of the area you want.

Finally, hit save and the location will be saved to the watchlist category. You will immediately be notified the next time the monitored person enters or leaves that specified area.


As mentioned before, looking for your child is a distressing time for any parent and we wouldn’t want anyone to have to resort to last-ditch efforts like location-tracking apps. The sad reality is that 460,000 children go missing each year in the US alone. These statistics make for a harrowing plausibility and being on the side of caution is the best first step.

While we do believe that learning how to track a real-time phone location using location-tracking and phone monitoring applications is important, it is just as crucial to alert the police and authorities in the event of your child going missing. Xnspy can be a great preventative and early-alerting mechanism, but it shouldn’t be used as a replacement for getting the authorities on your side.

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