Your Location Can Be Tracked Even if Your Phone’s GPS is Off

A recent study has shown that smartphones may be able to track your location even when the GPS is turned off. Other sensors in the device can help reveal a person’s location.

GPS (Global Positioning System) is a satellite-based navigation system that can be used to track the location of a device. On a smartphone, it can be used with navigation apps, helping you find shops, restaurants etc. around you, or it can suggest better ads and search results depending on your location.

About The Research

A team of researchers from Northeastern University in Boston, US has recently found a way to track people with smartphones that have their GPS turned off. The tests were conducted in Boston, Waltham, Massachusetts, and London.

Android smartphones were used, but researches say that the hack applies to iPhones as well because they have the same set of components.

Any App Can be Used

Pretty much any app can be used, the researchers used a simple app like “Flashlight” to locate where the test subject was. This simply shows that an app, which has nothing to do with tracking or location services, can be used to trace someone.

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How Can Phones Track us Without GPS?

Smartphones have a lot of other sensors that can collect location data. These sensors include a magnetometer which basically works as a compass, an accelerometer that tells you how fast you’re moving and a Gyroscope which can tell the orientation of your device.


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The chances of getting traced are higher if the person holding the device chooses a route with a lot of turns as compared to someone who chooses a straight path. Plus, if you take the same route every day you are easier to trace.


  • Muhammad Ashraf

    LOCATION of any mobile person is easily figured out by using combination of triangulation method of cellular towers and wifi router, all big internet companies are geo locating wifi routers

  • Xahid

    you cannot trace location based on these tiny sensors, they can tell your orientation not location, there is difference between two.

  • Jabbar

    Please reference the study?

  • Mustafa Jamal

    Very old theory! Even you can be tracked without GPS even if your phone is turned off.
    PS just read the permitted actions against each application of your phone, you will be amazed that what they are capable of :)

  • Adil

    Not new check Goog maps-]timeline for instance i figured it out when i had s3 iwent to a shop and got back home and wifiand gps were off and suprisingly i saw that my timeline was there for whole day everyday it even shows u data for how long u were at a location and other stuff

  • Guesstimate

    Why bother that much? Any app can get gps coordinates through google play services even when gps is off or gps access of that app under observation is blocked.

  • Muhammad Tufail

    This guy really has no idea what he copied from other site.

  • Ahtysham Afzal

    Android was made to spy on user activities! Simple!