This app no longer works. The Instamapper service was shut down December 13th, 2012

Several people have requested an app that can track your phone on a map. Boostapps reader Clark recommended Instamapper which works perfectly. It runs in the background on the phone and you can view where the phone is  and where it’s been on a Google Map by visiting instamapper.com (free registration required)  with a PC browser, Bolt or Opera Mini. (Bolt seems to do a better job with the Instamapper site than Opera.)

The version posted here was designed specifically for iDEN phones and gets a GPS fix very quickly (under 30 seconds outdoors) on my i776.

Type: Freeware
Vendor: Instamapper Product Page
Data Connection Required: Yes
Supported Boost iDEN phones: All Falcon Series with Java (i290, i335, i465, i776, i856, i9, etc)
Supported Boost CDMA phones: None
File Size: 18 KB

Downloading uses paid data. Downloads are for basic phones that support Java ME such as Nokia S40 phones. They do not work on Android, Apple, Firefox or Windows phones.

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  1. How do I start this app? Its showing me lat/longitude but not any mapping. I’m trying to install to track my phone in case of theft or loss. Thank you

    • This app no longer works. The Instamapper service was shut down December 13th, 2012.

  2. Hi

    instamapper is now back


    Could you update your URL as its now changed

  3. How can you locate someone else even though they did not ask you to share

    • You can’t locate someone without their permission with this or any other app and that’s a good thing. How would you like it if any creep could stalk you?

  4. dennis,is there a app similar to this 1? you helped me a great deal with this app on my clutch,now we have kyocera hydros.please help

    • Google Latitude is built into Google Maps on Android. Launch Maps, tap the layers icon, tap lattitude and enable location sharing with the people who you wamt to be able to track your phone.

    • dennis do i have my settings wrong? my phone shows exact location but my wifes is 8 blocks off and she is sitting right next to me. and thank you for all the help,im lost without your help

    • It sounds like your wife’s phone hasn’t locked on to a GPS fix and is using coarse location based on the nearest cell tower. If it’s an Android phone check that Settings > Location & security > Use GPS satellites is checked. If it is checked see if the phone will give an accurate location after sitting stationary outdoors for a few minutes.

    • Thanks again,you always come through

  5. You can try http://www.gps-server.net, they support lots of mobile phones and GPS trackers.

    • That service is not free and it only supports iPhone, Android and BlackBerry phones, not mobile Java.

  6. unfortunately InstaMapper was a free GPS tracking / location sharing service. After nearly 5 years of operation, the site shut down on December 13th, 2012.
    by the way who now another way to track?

  7. i would like gPs

  8. Just to let you know, InstaMapper now is closed, I am so sad to see that, been with it for over 2 years.

  9. Hi, it seems like Instamapper no longer offers this service. I loved this app in my iDen phone, I wonder if anyone knows of any other working gps tracking app for iden. Thank you.

    • It looks like bliin GPS tracker is still in business and free.

    • Thanks Dennis, I have tried most of the gps apps in this site and none worked on my i335 except “bliing” although it seems very different and it shows no map, right?

    • Bliin doesn’t show a map on the phone. You should be able to track your phone online at http://bliin.com/


    • Please don’t YELL. Try taking the battery out for a few minutes.

  11. i don.t know how to trace mobile please help me

  12. instamapper does not work on motorola theory (wx430). clicking jad file starts java and then immediately prompts you with “javax.microedition.location.location is restricted on this device.”

    • All the Boost CDMA non-smartphones block 3rd part apps from using the GPS. So none of the GPS apps on BoostApps work on the CDMA phones. They do work on the iDEN phones

  13. Oops! I got it working all right.All I had to do was to walk outside to get a clear view of the sky…

  14. Thanks U Dennis. Now, since my i415 just shuts down I’m trying to use an i856 (gps enabled) but it also just keeps “locating” don’t I need the “wireless web” to transmit data… Thanks again for your help.

  15. Does anyone know if it works on an old phone? I have i415 and I’m not able to do the *159# trick; also, do I need to have wireless web in my prepaid phone? Mine just keeps saying ‘locating…’ Thanks.

    • I don’t know if it works on an i415. Wireless web is not required for Java apps to connect on Boost Mobile.

  16. data error 906 invalid descriptor lenght i have a cdma incognito can you help?

    • It won’t work. 3rd party GPS apps don’t work on the Incognito as the GPS API is restricted to apps signed in the manufacturer or operator domain and only preinstalled apps or ones you buy from Boost are.

      There is no known workaround for getting 3rd party GPS apps to work on the Incognito.

  17. I don’t know how to track my wifes phone can some one help me

  18. I have opera mini on my i465,how do I open the instamapper? Thanks

    • Just go to http://www.instamapper.com/ with Opera Mini and log in. You need to turn off Opera Mini’s mobile view for the maps to display properly.

    • Thanks Dennis, but how do you turn off the mobile view?

    • Ok,I turned off mobil view and signed in,but it freezes at about 30 percent.Any ideas? Thanks again

    • Not really. Try reloading the page or maybe Bolt will work better.

  19. how do u set this app to run fulltime on a i465?

  20. This app works good on my i465. When running in the background it does seem to lag the phone a little though.

    • I should also add the I use opera mini 4.2 to view the mobile website (have a favorite for it) and it’s the fastest way I’ve found to see a map of where I’m at.

  21. i have a i930 nextel i load the app but when i try to open it said error on application what do i have to do to fixed

    • The i930 is a Windows Mobile phone which does not have built in support for Java apps like the ones on on this site. It’s possible to install Java on most Windows phones. See http://www.smartphonemag.com/cms/blogs/3/2266 for more information on adding Java. Even with Java I doubt that Instapper would work on the i930 as it was designed specifically for the iDEN Motorola’s

    • They are working on a Windows Mobile Port to Instatracker. Right now all that is supported is Blackberry, iPhone, Android and iDEN phones.

  22. i love this app so much it works flawlessly on both my husband and I’s I335 and has a cool plug-in for face book too!!

  23. Love this app. it’s another sweet way for your friends/family to find you if you ever get stuck on the highway. just run this and sit there and wait. it’s pretty neat actually I’ve used this in conjunction with geocaching on several occasions

  24. Put in where? When you add a device it only asks for a label not what kind of device it is.

  25. Have not tried this yet but… FYI Mgmaps released here at boostapps actually has an easy to setup web-tracking feature..

  26. Complete your activation by clicking the link in the email. Then on instamapper.com, click on the “Devices” tab and add a device and you will see your key for the device.

  27. accutracking.com is like this app,except after 30 days you have to pay to check your tracking status online.I use it without paying,because the Gps fix is faster.When I get a fix,I then run GpsTracker

  28. how do you set a app to run in back ground and not terminate

    • With the app running press the red End Call key twice. It will run in the background until you go back to it and end it or shut off the phone.

      You can also set one app to always run. Go to Java Apps and type #159#. For the PIN, type “0000”. Choose “Fulltime App” and select the app you want. Press “Done”.

  29. Great app! Thanx a lot Dennis for posting this here. On my i465 initial tracking takes a minute, then it updates about every 20 seconds.

  30. decent app u gotta check online to see ur gps tracking

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