How to See a Caller's Location with IFTTT

By The IFTTT Team

July 10, 2024

How to See a Caller's Location with IFTTT
  • Although it may seem insignificant, knowing a caller's location can be more than just a convenience—it can be a vital tool for small business owners, parents, or security-conscious individuals. When you get a phone call normally, the precise location is often hidden, leaving you guessing based on zip code or other clues.

    Oftentimes, tracking down where this call came from can be extremely helpful. Additionally, seeing a caller's location in a way that respects privacy and legality is crucial. Well, look no further, as IFTTT (If This Then That), can help you utilize powerful automation that can help you achieve this balance.

    In this article, we'll go over how using an IFTTT automation can allow you to see if a call is linked to a location on Google Maps.

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    Understanding caller location tracking


    Caller location tracking identifies the geographical location of a caller using network signals and GPS data. Unlike caller ID, which only provides the caller's phone number, this technology offers additional insights that can enhance personal safety and business logistics.

    IFTTT does not use GPS to find a phone number's location, instead utilizing Google's public database of numbers to reveal a location while still respecting privacy. The automation (also known around here as an Applet,) will scan various businesses and other landmarks until it finds a match, and then automatically open directions in Google Maps.

    Is tracking a call legal?


    Caller location tracking is sensitive, making it essential to understand the legal and privacy aspects before using such a service. In most jurisdictions throughout the United States, tracking someone's location without their consent is illegal. If explicit consent to check someone's location is given, then it is legal.

    However, our Applet only links a phone number to a public address or location, meaning that it is completely legal to use. The Applet will search Google's database for registered businesses, public landmarks, or recreational zones that have public phone numbers, and then connect that location to whoever is calling.

    This means that the service cannot be used to stalk or take advantage of any individual, but rather make it easier to find that one doctor's office or report where you are getting spam calls from.

    Always respect privacy and use caller location tracking responsibly.

    What is IFTTT and how does it work?

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    Many online services claim to offer precise caller location tracking, yet many of the top results have received backlash for breaking privacy laws or simply being scams. At IFTTT, we are proud to offer 100% transparency with our services and abide by all local and federal laws. Now, let's get into how IFTTT works and how you can set up your own caller-tracking Applet in just a few clicks.

    IFTTT is our free web-based platform that creates chains of simple conditional statements called Applets, automating various tasks across over 1000 different apps and devices. For example, you can create an applet that sends you an email whenever a specific person calls you, enabling you to track their location seamlessly.

    Step-by-step guide to setting up IFTTT for caller location tracking

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    Before you start, ensure you have a smartphone with a stable internet connection and the IFTTT app installed on your device.

    • Open the IFTTT app on your smartphone.
    • Search for the "Caller Location Tracking" applet, which can also be found here
    • Click on the Applet and click "Connect" to open settings and customize them according to your needs, such as tracking the location of incoming calls or both incoming and outgoing calls.
    • Click "Save" to activate the applet.
    • The accuracy of location tracking depends on your internet connection, so ensure you have a good link.

    Conclusion: balancing convenience and privacy

    Caller location tracking with IFTTT offers significant convenience and added functionality, enhancing personal safety and business operations. By understanding the legal and privacy considerations, and by customizing IFTTT applets to suit your needs, you can leverage this technology responsibly.

    We hope this guide has provided valuable insights into the potential of caller tracking and how to use it effectively while maintaining respect for privacy.

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