Best free GPS tracking apps for Android
With smartphone and Android prices in particular quickly going down so that soon almost everyone will be able to afford one, you end up with a device that has tons of possibilities in your pocket. And one thing that you might want to use your phone for is as a GPS tracker.
Currently, practically all Android devices, even the ultra-affordable cheapest ones come with GPS on board. The combination of the satellite receiver and Google Play however is what makes your phone truly the wonder that it is.
But first, what do you need a GPS tracker for? Most obviously, for recording your travels. Hikers, cyclers, runners, all of those people now have all the important statistics to know where they can improve.
Secondly, and what we see as even more important is tracking your family, friends, loved ones (ask them first!) and valuable belongings. Android smartphones are going down in price, so you can have one in your kid’s backpack, track your dog with it or even your car.
The biggest limitation you’d face is battery life. Having GPS on, and often your carrier data along will tax your smartphone’s juicer and you’d be able to get a few hours of battery life, but if that’s okay with you, read on. Most of the apps below run in the background, and some can even be triggered remotely via a text message. Here are our picks for the best free GPS trackers for Android.
Glympse is probably the best way to track your kids, pets, and valuable belongins in real time. It’s easy to set up, free on Android, has a very streamlined and speedy interface, and you get that livestream of the GPS location of a device in real time. It also shows speed, so if you’re a mom you can stalk your son and say text him to slow down as soon as he starts speeding in his car.
Real Time GPS Tracker does exactly what you expect it to do - tracks your location in real time and streams it on a dedicated website. As a bonus, it integrates easy messaging, so you can text with people who are following your whereabouts. And of course, you can track friends, family, pets, everything you can think of. Best thing about it? Let the app run in the background and configure a remote start message. Pass-lock the phone and send the message, and it will automatically start the live tracking. Neat!
Open GPS Tracker is NOT a real-time tracker. What this means is that you have to finish your route, and only then you can share it. That’s also useful in many cases, plus the app uses open source formats and draws your routes to popular services like Google and OSM. It’s unique flavor lies in the support for textual, photo and videographic notes for your trips.
This here tracker has the sole goal of tracking your family members and if that’s what you’re planning on using it for, it’s the best suited application with nice interface.
This here application is one of a couple that brags with being the perfect fit for those of you wanting to find their stolen phone. You can also use it to track things but it won’t be in real time. Still, it’s an option, so do check it out.