As one of the most popular messaging apps, you can be sure that your friend, family member or co-worker is using WhatsApp one way or another. If you are worried that your child is skipping school or that your spouse is not honest about their whereabouts, you can use this widely popular messaging app to locate them without them knowing. There are several ways you can do that and each one is perfectly legal, not to mention may help you keep your child safe or catch a cheating spouse.
Regardless of the reason you need to track someone’s location through WhatsApp without them knowing, the following methods are some of the most effective.
1. How to Share Location with Others on WhatsApp
Instead of choosing to resort to drastic measures to get someone’s location via WhatsApp, you can simply ask the person to share their location with you. WhatsApp like many other apps has an in-built feature that allows users to share their real-time location with others. The location sharing feature makes it very easy for you to get the exact location of the individual which can come in handy when you want to make sure your child is in school or at home when they say they are.
Here’s how you can share location with your contacts via WhatsApp;
Step 1: Open a chat or a group chat in WhatsApp and then tap on the attach file symbol.
Step 2: Click on “Location” in the options presented and then choose “share location.”
Step 3: You will see the exact location of the phone using “Google Maps.” You can then just click on “Send Your Current Location” to share the location with your contacts.
You can share your current location for 15 minutes, 1 hour or eight hours.
2. Track WhatsApp Location via Command Prompt
Another easy way to track WhatsApp is to use the command prompt feature on your computer. This can only obviously work with WhatsApp Web but it is highly effective and very easy to do. The following simple steps will show you how;
Step 1: Begin by opening WhatsApp Web and start a chat with the person you want to track to obtain their IP address.
Step 2: Close all apps running in the background (except the browser you are using) to prevent interfering with the process. Then on your keyboard, hit Ctrl + Alt + Delete to open the task manager.
Step 3: Hit Win +R on your keyboard to open the “Run” function on the keyboard. Type in “cmd” on the field and then hit enter.
Step 4:: In the command prompt that appears, type in “netstat-an” and then hit enter. Write down the IP address that appears before closing the command prompt.
Step 5: You can then go to http://www.ip-adress.com/ip_tracer/ and enter the IP address to determine its exact location.
3. Track someone’s Location Chatting on WhatsApp via Tracking Link
You can also easily create the tracking link that you send to the person you want to track. This tracking link will then provide you with information about the person’s whereabouts. Here’s how to do that;
Step 1: To begin, you need to create a free web hosting account. You can do that at My3gb, 000webhost or even Hostgator. Log in to your account and then click on “File Manager.” Download the ZIP file names “Tracking ZIP File.”
Step 2: Unzip the downloaded file to extract the 3 files in it. Now, upload the files in the root (public _html) folder of the file manager in your hosting account.
Step 3: The link you need to send to the device you are tracking will be named; Techhacks.my3gb.com
You can find all the information you need about the device you are tracking on the log.txt file on your root folder.
4. Find IP Address on WhatsApp via InspectLet
InspectLet is a service that allows users to track the IP address of any person you are chatting with on WhatsApp or Facebook. To use it, you just need to register here; https://www.inspectlet.com/ and then log in to your account. You will then be provided with a tracking code that you can send to the person you wish to track. Once they open the link with the code, InspectLet will begin to send you the location of their device and other data.