Family Tracker was used to locate a missing child - see news report on: http://www.reuters.com/article/net-us-app-missing-idUSBRE8460GZ20120507
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Family Tracker allows you to track your wife, husband, children and fiancée. You can now find out where they are, at anytime, as long as they have their phones with them. Family Tracker is available for other platforms as well, so you can track (and be tracked by) other devices as well - check our website for more details.
Please note that starting with the new iOS4 and supported hardware, Family Tracker runs in the background at all times, and, unlike previous versions of Family Tracker, user intervention is **NOT** needed for you to track them. Family Tracker runs at all times, continuously updating the GPS location of the device. Even if the iPhone is rebooted, Family Tracker will automatically resume tracking and updating its position!
So how does this work?
Simple. Install Family Tracker on the iPhone/iPad you want to track. From then on, you can use either a web browser or via the Family Tracker app itself installed on your own iPhone/iPad to locate your family member.
If the device you wish to track does not support multitasking (for example, older iPhones 3G, iPads), you can still use Family Tracker to locate the family member. Using the web or your own iPhone, you will be able to "ping" the other iPhone. This is done by sending the other iPhone a (free) “Apple Push Notification” which will cause an alert to sound on your family member’s iPhone, even if the phone in is stand-by, just as would happen if the iPhone receives an SMS. As soon as this alert is acknowledged, their GPS position will be recorded, and their location will be updated on a map. If you are using an iPhone yourself to track them, you will be sent a Push Notification to inform you that the family member has accepted your "ping". These notifications will be automatically re-sent every 60 seconds until they are acknowledged. If the recipient is trying to ignore them or does not hear them, this repetition will help acknowledging them.
Family Tracker does not need to know your iPhone cell number to function, as it does not send SMS messages for notifications. Your email address is instead used to send free Apple Push Notifications to the iPhones being tracked. These notifications are free, specific to our Family Tracker application, and work anywhere in the world as long as the iPhone and/or iTouch being tracked has internet access via the cellular network or WiFi.
Notice: ***Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.*** For this reason, we strongly recommend users to configure Family Tracker to use the "Driving Only" accuracy in the GPS setting. This special mode updates the GPS location only when a significant location change occurs, which results in a tremendous gain in battery life.
Additional pro features, such as the ability to see the past locations for the previous 2 weeks, and the ability to set geofences so you are alerted when users that you track enter or leave certain areas are available via an optional iTunes subscription.
Fixed a bug that caused the app to crash when tapping on the Contacts button to access the iOS Address Book.
Ratings and Reviews
Very cool app
I hesitated purchasing this app because it forced tracked people to acknowledge whenever they were "pinged" -- which lowered the value in my opinion because it interrupts them. With OS4, however, no acknowledgement is required and it silently grabs the person's location!
It took a little fiddling to get the phones and my iPad sync'd up properly but once they were, this app really works great! This is a very handy app and well worth the price. I'm sure teens won't think so if their parents use it to check up on them <grin>, but for my wife and I with our busy schedules, it's a convenient way to locate each other without interrupting. My wife uses it to check where I am on my long commutes and I can find out when she's leading a meeting at one of the centers around town (I can never keep them straight).
Some reviewers have mentioned a bug that causes the battery to drain quickly (my wife's phone has this problem). I asked the developer who responded immediately that a fix was submitted a week ago and should be available any day now.
Works, but could use some improvements
I like the app and it has some good features. I like that I can see all the iPhones/iPads I'm tracking on the map at the same time. It works just like the developer says it does, and the tracking is accurate. Two problems I have with it. First, set up was a bit confusing. It worked best when you ask to track a device, and then from that device accept it. If you try to give permission to track from the device you want to track, it doesn't work. Once I got everything set up after three tries, it all worked fine. Secondly, tracking only works if you ping a device AND the person using that device accepts it. I would like to be able to track the device even if the notifications are ignored. I only hope that the app will be updated with the new iOS 4 to somehow take advantage of background processes to accomplish this. Overall it's a great concept and a good implementation. Needs a few improvements for it to really shine.
not as efficient as a phone call
this app seemed promising but in order for me to get an updated position I send a ping or I tell it to force an update and then the message tells me that I will be notified when the user on the other end accepts my request to update their position. so in other words it requires interaction from the person on the other end to update. I may as well just try to call them on the cell phone and ask them where they are. I liked the alert siren, but that only worked once.
UPDATE: pings no longer work at all, the phone being tracked displays no alerts and makes no sounds. I followed troubleshooting instructions, checking settings, even to the extent of removing and reinstalling the application, still isn't working properly. going to uninstall and buy something else
- LogSat Software LLC
- 4.2 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, Japanese, Korean
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- This app may use your location even when it isn't open, which can decrease battery life.
- © 2011-18 LogSat Software LLC
- In-App Purchases
- Family Tracker - 1 Month Subscription $2.99
- Family Tracker - 1 Month Subscription $2.99
- Family Tracker - 12 Months Subscription $29.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.