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    Default Smartphone Tracking/GPS

    Hey folks. Just wanted to know if an Android smartphone can be tracked if the GPS is off and there is no mobile data plan currently active? Do you guys always keep your GPS enabled? I don't seeing that in my case its not needed but would you recommend for it be kept enabled. Just wanted to know in the event I can find my phone.
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    The only way Google can track the phone is if you enabled and it is on some kind of network (mobile or wifi)...

    Of course, if you get all technical, your carrier can track your phone based on the towers it is communicating with, but I'd chance a guess that Verizon or AT&T couldn't care any less about you and your lost phone unless your request came in the form of a federal subpoena.

    I always keep my GPS enabled... it is only active if an app is actively calling for a precise location. If I find an app that is accessing the GPS when there isn't any need, I'll fix that app.
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    You can not turn off e911 location services. The only way to fully ensure that your phone cannot be tracked into put it into airplane mode



    If you want to find your phone, you do not need to have gps enabled but must enable either mobile data or wifi. Note that the location might not be as accurate with gps off.

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    Default Re: Smartphone Tracking/GPS

    Quote Originally Posted by dpham00 View Post
    You can not turn off e911 location services. The only way to fully ensure that your phone cannot be tracked into put it into airplane mode
    No. You are just assuming it can't be tracked when in airplane mode. You don't know for sure. And you have no way to check.
    The only way to fully ensure that your phone cannot be tracked is to switch it of and remove the battery.

    Of course that phone is then not a functioning phone anymore. So you might as well leave it at home.

    Bottom line: if you carry a 'live' phone, you can be tracked.
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    Ok thanks guys. BTW i'm an out-of-towner Leorex. (Not in the US)

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