Need to track down a SIM card? We know how important finding your SIM card is, especially if something important is stored on it. A lost SIM card can also be abused in many ways, and if the person who stole or hacked your SIM card is roaming, the situation can be disastrous. Furthermore, if it belongs to a missing person, discovering the SIM card can mean the difference between life and death. Parents can also use SIM card locations to monitor their children’s movements and keep them safe. With some of its uses laid out, let’s show you how to locate a SIM card.
1. Locate a SIM card with default apps
Both Android and iOS come with built-in ways to locate your SIM card. We spoke of this under method 3 in our guide to blocking a SIM card. In both cases, you can see all of the locations the SIM card inside the phone has been in, including the current one. It’s also easy – simply log in to the Google account or the Apple ID/iCloud ID, select the device, and you’ll see a map. Location pins will be scattered throughout, and tapping on them provides more details.
Web alternative for Android
Google has designed a separate page, called My Activity. This is particularly useful if you cloned a SIM card, or if you can sign in to the same Google account used on the phone the SIM card is inserted in Then, you can click on Location History, turn it on if it isn’t, and click the Manage activity option to see more details.
2. Locate a SIM card with IMEI
This technique is a valuable alternative when you forget to enable the Find My apps or don’t have access to a Google/Apple accounts. On the other hand, it requires that you have the IMEI number already. If the SIM you want to find is inside a stolen phone, check the package the phone came in. IMEI is usually listed in the warranty papers or the manual. Then, use online tools such as TrackIMEI to find the last reported location.
3. Locate a SIM card with third-party tools
Some people refuse to sign in to Android with a Google account or use a disposable one you don’t know the credentials to. Another group of people disables location settings, rendering the two Android methods mentioned above impossible. Don’t fret, there’s a way to locate a SIM card without the person knowing or having a Google account. Let’s get into it.
1. How to choose a location tracker third-party tool
There are plenty of third-party solutions, free and paid, you can use for this. We will demonstrate the process with a paid tool named Minspy because:
- It works on both Android and iOS.
- It shows the data in an easy-to-use web Dashboard that’s representative of many other alternatives.
- The installation is concealed right away and can be brought up later.
- It requires very little knowledge – anyone can do it.
- You don’t need to root or jailbreak the phone or the SIM card.
- There’s a demo to see it in action.
- You can combine data from the SIM card and the phone to get an extremely precise location map.
2. Install and use Minspy on Android
Follow these steps to install and start using Minspy for Android:
- Sign up for a free Minspy account, preferably in the web browser for PC/Mac.
- Select a payment plan that fits your needs.
- Enter the person’s nickname, age, and select Android under Mobile device.
- Enable installing apps from unknown sources like this on Android:
- Tap on Settings > Apps & notifications > Advanced > Special app access > Install unknown apps > Toggle Google Chrome (or your preferred browser) to on.
- Open the link for the Minspy .apk Android file inside Google Chrome or your preferred smartphone browser.
- After you follow instructions to allow certain permissions, tap on Start Monitoring.
- The app icon and all traces of it will disappear immediately.
- Return to the Minspy Dashboard tab on your Mac/PC. The first data sync process lasts a few minutes, so be patient.
- Once it syncs, you can see the current location in the map under the Last Known Location sidebar in the Dashboard tab.
- You can also use Locations and SIM Card tabs on the left-hand side to browse location SIM card location history. You can see date and time, address, latitude/longitude, and get direct links to Google Maps.
3. Use Minspy on iOS
Apple is rigorous in terms of what users can install on iOS. For that reason, an app with permissions this high won’t fly. Instead, here’s how using Minspy on iOS works:
- Follow steps 1-3 above, but choose iOS(iCloud) under Mobile device.
- On the next screen, enter the iCloud ID and password for the target iOS device, then click on Verify.
- Tip. If you are facing issues, you must enable iCloud backup on the device and disable two-factor authentication.
- Select the device you want to monitor from the drop-down list and click on Next.
- Click on the Start button.
- Finally, follow steps 9 to 11 mentioned above.
4. Find the owner to pinpoint SIM card location
Do you suspect the phone number that belongs to the SIM card you want to pinpoint is used by a scammer, robocalling service, or a person unknown? Check the steps required under methods 5 and 6 of our “find the owner of a SIM card“ guide. The phone number should turn up data about the registered location(s).