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.