Best free GPS tracking apps for Android

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.


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16 Comments

1. zhypher_23

Posts: 195; Member since: Jun 04, 2012

Android is never gonna stop evolving, Love Android :))

2. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

It would have come in handy finding my way through campus last night, as I got lost looking for my car at the end of the night.

3. mervb

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 24, 2012

OK these sound great, but, how do they transfer the info from the phone? Are you paying for a continuous phone call or SMS call ? It could turn out to be very expensive if so.

4. nancylewis905

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 14, 2012

I have downloaded another app "RapidTracker"-- Best app for family, friends tacking with GEO location, photo-checkin features. I like this app.

5. Chazertyuiop

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

There are a new innovative application for tracking and keep contact with people. He's Ofollowme (she is about following). Just tape "Ofollowme" on Google Play search and try it. It's very good

6. cab0san

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Scary and Intrusive. The permissions required by many of these applications are scary. Some of the vendors don't even have a privacy policy. They can make calls, take pictures, rifle through your contacts and calendar events. These permissions are unnecessary.

7. nrogers805

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 03, 2013

Check out GPS Tracker Ultimate - Coooeee Coooeee has more features than any other app on the market and is free for basic use. As well as tracking friends & family, using their devices with Coooeee installed, it can also track personal GPS Trackers. Coooeee currently supports the TK10x range but can easily be extended to support any tracker that is configurable to send its data to our servers. There is a small cost for using your own tracker with Coooeee of just £10 for 3 months, which is far less than any other competitor. With Coooeee you can easily create, update, remove zones. You can even apply zones to all friends & family, individuals or groups. It is a very full featured app. Currently it is available for Android and will soon be available on iPhone.

8. fabio1605

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

Looks like insta-mapper.com is making a return.... this used to be the beast of GPS tracking!! A lovely android GPS Tracker, cant wait for this.... all FREEEE!!!!

9. fabio1605

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

InstaMapper is back for iphone too! could we see a feature about on it here? insta-mapper.com???

10. Jencebd

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 15, 2014

I think Ghostrack is the best android app for GPS tracking. It doesn't even require data plan or internet connection in the tracking end. Small app so will consume a small amount of memory and ram of your phone. Its free now in Google play store. I think you all should try it for once. Worthy of downloading trust me.

11. kozpay

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 04, 2014

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12. lovas9410

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 31, 2015

You should check this: pozzr.com

13. travelmore

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 06, 2015

you may also evaluate this alternative for GPS tracking for public transport goo.gl//QNruYg

14. SlavaVerna

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 22, 2016

I can intercept WhatsApp, Viber, SMS, Calls, Phone Book etc with SpyToMobile. This app is cheaper than others. If you want to find out if somebody is cheating on you or not - Welcome to SpyToMobile :) spytomobile.com

15. marrydeose

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 30, 2016

Here, I am giving you a great GPS app reference where you can visit it. It helps for GPS area calculation. It might be best helpful to you. Just go here. geomeasure.in

16. marc.wesseles

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 21, 2018

I use Follow - realtime location app using GPS for Android. Easy to use and very accurate. It would be great if this app is also listed here. Search on Playstore: ch.soil2.followappforandroid

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