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Ping phone from computer?

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#1 Kudue


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Posted 07 July 2014 - 09:17 AM

Hello everybody!
I was wondering if it is possible to ping a cell phone from your own computer?
I was looking around on the internet, but it all seemed to be the same thing about contact your cell phone provider or install a software on the phone. But let us say the problem is the phone is lost, and you want to find it yourself.
Have a nice day!

Edited by Andrew, 07 July 2014 - 12:36 PM.
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Posted 07 July 2014 - 12:59 PM

The short answer is most likely no unless you have installed a find my phone app of some sort. If your OS is Android, there may still be hope...


You can try these steps: http://trendblog.net/how-to-track-your-lost-android-phone-without-tracking-app/


Most modern phones that use LTE or 4G cellular data use a private ip not a public facing ip (unless you buy a static ip from the provider). There are 3rd party apps to find the phone but you would have had to install that before losing the phone. Even if you could ping the phone via ping command, a ping command would not locate the device.


For android I have used: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fsp.android.phonetracker&hl=en


For apple devices, just enable find my iphone and log into apples website to locate the device.

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Posted 07 July 2014 - 08:44 PM

Is this a smart phone or a feature phone? If it's an Android you would need software to enable it to be pinged in the first place. So yes you need to download something. They aren't automagically enabled to be pinged by the user from a computer.

Google has Android Device Manager: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.adm&hl=en

There are other third party apps as well. I personally have Cerberus.

Never used an iAnything so I can't help you there.

I know of no way a feature phone can be pinged except by law enforcement or the carrier.

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Posted 12 July 2014 - 02:14 AM

Silent Circle is selling a phone now that does all of that and more.



OTR (off the record) is a new and very good one for IMs


Popular Mechanics wrote a great issue about digital privacy.

Here is the link for one of the articles, you can link to other from at the bottom of the article



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Posted 22 July 2014 - 06:34 PM

If your phone is connected to the same local network as your computer and you know the IP address of your phone you can ping it from a command prompt. My phone is setup with a static IP which was useful the otherday when I thought I had left my phone at the office. I couldn't call it because I leave it on silent most of the time. A ping from my computer revealed it was on the property somewhere. And when my wife took my car out I couldn't ping it anymore which indicated it could be in the car. With futher hunting I found it in the pocket of the drivers door!

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