In the digital era we are living in, it is getting easier to track someone’s location and find out their whereabouts. As a matter of fact, you can discover someone’s location just by using your smartphone.
Almost everyone uses social media nowadays, and Facebook Messenger is an extremely widely used smartphone app. Messenger is an easy way to communicate and it helps us with our everyday tasks in numerous ways. But the Facebook Messenger app represents a security and privacy risk factor that’s worth considering.
We put all kind of information on our phones, on social media, and provide information when we sign up for services online.
That’s why our smartphones represent a goldmine for cybercriminals. However, you don’t need to be able to write code to hack in order to find out someone’s personal information. Finding someone’s personal information is easier than that.
For example, you can use Facebook Messenger to track Facebook friend’s locations using the app. This article will show you how to do it.
Location Tracking on Facebook Messenger
How can a regular, everyday user who isn’t a computer savvy track someone and pinpoint their location using Facebook Messenger? The following section will answer this question for you.
Of course, you need to have Facebook Messenger installed on your smartphone first, so go ahead and do that if you don’t already have it installed.
Facebook Messenger has made things easier for people who want to meet up. In case you want to meet up with a friend and not just track their location without their consent, this is the best way of explaining where you are.
All that you or your friend need to do is open your chat on Facebook Messenger, tap on the four dots located on the bottom left of your screen, and click Location. After that, simply select Share Live Location and your friend will be able to see where you are currently at.
Your Facebook Friend can then share their own location if they want to, of course.
Checking Hashtags and Tags
Your Facebook friend’s location can be only a few taps or clicks away because of Facebook’s location tags and the common use of hashtags.
All that you need to do is search for location tags. If you’re only using Facebook Messenger, the best way to find location tags is by checking Facebook stories that are available with the latest updates of this app.
If you find a location tag on the picture, simply tap on it and something like “show location” will display on the screen. After you tap on this text, you will be redirected to Google Maps, where you’ll be able to see your target’s location.
Presumably, those who share their location in tags are doing so because they don’t mind sharing their location with their Facebook Friends.
This method isn’t 100% effective, as people can post any location no matter where they really are. But if they have no desire to hide their location, this is the best to find out where your Facebook friend is posting from.
This method involves a little bit of work and a third party application in order to accomplish, but the result can be that you’ll learn your Friend’s exact real-time location as of the time they posted something.
The method requires you to use an online service like IPLogger. There are many websites that offer services that are similar to IPLogger, and they are usually free to use.
Simply go to this website and choose one of its tracking options. For example, you can choose the URL & Image Shortener.
In the “Enter any URL” you can type something like “facebook.com”. Once you have entered your URL, click on the Get IPLogger code.
Then, you will be redirected to the following page.
The IPLogger will generate a link that will collect data from anyone who has clicked it. Now, all that’s left for you to do is copy the first link and get your Facebook friend to click on it. You can send the link through Facebook Messenger.
When you want to view who clicked on the link, just copy the Link for Viewing statistics into your browser and hit enter.
You need to have the regular Facebook app installed for this one. Once you have installed the Facebook app, log in and tap on the menu option.
Then select Nearby Friends and tap on the Turn on Nearby Friends button. That will allow you to use the feature.
After you have done that, you will be able to see the list of friends that are also using this feature. They will be listed by location and you can see just how far away they are from you.
Friends who are very close to your location will be listed first. Alongside their name, there is a Facebook Messenger button that you can use to open a chat-head with that specific friend, start a conversation, and share your location.
People often use the Nearby Friends location to meet up with Facebook Friends IRL such as to meet for a drink or something.
Where are Your Friends At?
Those are some of the easiest methods that everyone can use in order to find out where their Facebook friends are, provided that they have Facebook and Facebook Messenger installed on their smartphone.
Use these methods to pinpoint your friend’s location, but remember that doing that without their consent is a violation of their privacy. It’s good to respect other people’s privacy just as you expect them to respect your privacy.
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