4 Best Family Location Tracking Apps

Location tracking apps are great for those who have peace of mind knowing if their loved ones are safe or not. Whether it’s your kids or spouse it’s nice to know their real-time location. By knowing their real-time location, you can be at their assistance and make it happen instantaneously.

Here are some location tracking apps that you may want to consider:


By using Glympse, you can quickly find details on the GPS locations of other family members.

To use this, simply open the Glympse app on your phone, tap for a “New Glympse“; next, you can send a text message or an email to another person. When you do this, you can get information on the network or GPS location that someone is located at. This provides you with real-time details on where someone might be at a given moment.

The thing that separates Glimpse from the other competitors is you don’t have to install anything on another person’s bible device. All they need is a web browser to access the link you share via SMS or email.

Cons: doesn’t offer real-time tracking and have to update location manually.

Available for Android and iOS at no cost.

Life 360

This is a great option if you want to be updated on your family’s safety. The check-in feature ensures people can let others know when they have reached certain destinations or when they are getting to particular places. What separates Life360 from the Glympse is, you automatically get notifications that someone has left or arrived at a designated place. This means you don’t have to constantly look at their real-time location in the app.

Cons: May drain battery quickly.

Available for Android and iOS for free, or $5/mo for premium.

Sygic Family Locator

Sygic Family Locator focuses more on where your family members are through GPS-enabled devices. To use the Sygic program, you would activate the GPS signals on any of their devices. After this, you will save information on the devices that link to those GPS signals.

This provides you with regular updates on locations. The program also gives you updates on when they might veer aware of certain boundaries. The map setup lets you configure precise spots where your kids are to avoid being in. This gives you quick alerts when someone happens where a kid moves into an unwanted zone.

Cons: only works when targeted devices have enough battery power and may not update as quickly in real-time.

Available for Android and iOS for free, or $15/mo for premium.

Google Maps

Google Maps has an inbuilt location sharing feature that is available on all platforms and even the web version. On the home screen of the Google Maps app click on the menu button (three horizontal bars). Tap the Location Sharing tab and you’ll see a pop-up. Click on the ‘Get Started’ pop-up to select the contact you want to add to your list. The contacts you select will immediately start receiving your location. To be able to see their location you’ll have to request access and the contacts will then approve your request.

The location can be shared for a time duration between 1 hour to 3 days or you can choose to share location indefinitely until you turn it off. The service will let you see more info about the contacts in your list than just location. You’ll be able to see the exact address and can navigate through the directions tab.

Cons: No notification for arrival and departure for contacts and battery drain.

Available for free for Android and iOS.

Overall, each of these options are good for finding family members. Keep I mind to review the privacy policy since it’s a location tracker app.  Family locator will help to know where your family members are and the solace associated with such a service is invaluable.

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