How to Track Your Lost Mobile or PC without a Tracking App

Last Updated: April 14, 2016
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There are tons of apps to track missing devices for your Android or iOS. We are not bothered about these life saving apps until we lost our Smart Phone or PC. Once something happen badly, we will run behind these apps to track the device.

What do you do if you don’t have any tracking apps installed in your device or your device is not able to communicate with these apps?

That is not the end of the world!! , there are some other solutions to track your device. In addition to these dedicated tracking apps, there are other services and applications tracking your device location.

The possibilities of these apps are not limited in mobile devices. Instead, these apps are good to track your missing Windows or MAC Laptops too.

I’m sure you will be using one of these apps in your laptop or device and these apps can track the history of the apps you used. There is no additional setting or tracking efforts needed to track your device with these applications.

Related: 7 Best Apps to Locate, Lock and Wipe your Lost Android Device

Track Your Device With Gmail

Gmail is tracking your login details no matter what device it is. Gmail can track your smart phone that you already configured your email account directly with iPhone Mail or Android Gmail application. Gmail can also track your laptop or desktop when you open email from browser or the applications like Windows Outlook, Thunderbird, MAC Mail or Airmail app.

google location trackTo see your login details, login into you Gmail account and scroll down your inbox page. You can see link in right bottom “Last account activity: 0 minutes ago “ and you can click on Details to see the history of your logins. Google will show you a couple of last logged in activities with browser details, ip address with time stamp.

Track Your Device With Yahoo Mail

Yahoo mail is slightly different than Gmail account. In Yahoo, you have to click on Setting button and select Account location track

Your account details will open in a different window and select Recent Activity from left side bar menu. Yahoo will display your login activities for last one week.

Track Your Device With Dropbox Account

Drop box account is free cloud service that can get with an email address. You can install the Dropbox application into your Android, iOS, Windows or MAC device. Dropbox can also track your activities based on your location.

dropbox location trackYou have to login your dropbox account from browser and click on your name from right top corner. From settings, select security tab and scroll down on your browser. Dropbox most recent activity section shows you the devices you logged in with Dropbox and you can see the ip address if you move your mouse on top of time stamp details.

All these apps will let you to locate the IP address of the device location and the last login time. The accuracy of the information is also depends on the device that used to login into the application and the Internet connection type like WiFi, 3G or 4G.

Locate Your Device with IP Address

Now you have the IP address of your missing device. Next step is to use this IP address to find the geographic location of your device, with the free online tools mentioned here.

IP Location:

IP based Geolocation is mapping of an IP address or MAC address to the real-world geographic location of an Internet connected to a computing device or mobile device.

iplocation_netGeolocation involves in mapping IP address to the country, region (city), latitude/longitude, ISP and domain name among other useful things.


Infosnipper offers free as well as commercial web API geolocation services. For a free demo simply fill in the IP address or domain name in the form below in order to get detailed geolocation information on your entry. infosniper_net

This is an alternative solution to track your device if you are not installed any tracking applications in your phone. We strongly recommend you to install the dedicated tracking applications for your device.


  1. I have 2 iPads….1 of them is missing (iPad Air). When I clicked on all devices, I only see one of the iPads (which is in my possession), but my missing iPad Air is not listed under all devices….any other tips?

    • @wajid, This article is describing how to find out missing device with third party apps. This article it self is the best solution for your problem. Good luck!

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