Triangulate a Cell Phone

Cell phone triangulate requires tracking the strength of the signal from cell phone towers receiving a signal. Civilians will be unable to perform this function without paying a company for their technology. Once the information is gather the coordinates will pinpoint you to the position within 25-100 meters of said cell phone.

Follow the below mention Steps to triangulate a cell phone:

Step 1

Turn on the cell phone. A live cell phone is in continual relay with surrounding cell phone towers to ensure the strongest signal. This means that the phone must be on to send a signal. 

Step 2

Note the location of the signal tower receiving the strongest signal. Draw its coverage radius. You now have one point with a circle and know that the phone is located somewhere within that ring.

Step 3

Add a second tower’s radius and location receiving a signal from your cell phone. The overlapping between these two spheres narrows the choices your phone is located to two points.

Step 4

Place the signal strength of a third tower receiving a signal from your cell phone with the other two. At the point where these three orbits intersect you have the location of the cell phone.

Triangulate Two way Radio Transmissions

Police and security forces, the armed forces, event managers, hunters and many others use two way transmissions or walkie talkies. Two-way radios are extremely difficult to trace.

Single Trace

 This type of antenna only picks up signals when pointing almost straight at the target. By slowly turning the antenna 360 degrees, the transmission direction can be found. Move in the direction of the signal and eventually the transmitter will be found.


Minimum of three stations with the same frequency and directional antenna systems are require to triangulate. By orienting their antennas to receive the maximum signal strength from the transmitter. The location of the radio can be narrow. This requires some coordination between the three stations.