Whether you need to covertly track someone’s Android phone or just want to keep tabs on your own phone (just in case it is stolen), an Android GPS tracker will ensure that you know where the phone or person carrying the phone is when you need to.
Of course you will need to decide on whether to use a free Android tracker or one of the more advance paid trackers. The real difference between both options is the list of features that each offer. Generally speaking, free GPS trackers allows you to see where the phone is located, but doesn’t offer more advance features such as remote content retrieval and discreet live call monitoring.
Free Android GPS Trackers
Free trackers are great for anyone who wants to track a friend, family member or business interest. However, these Android GPS trackers are most useful in cases where accuracy, secrecy and reliability is not super important and very basic location tracking features are required. That said, free trackers can monitor an Android phone and have the ability to perform:
- Real-time, map-based GPS tracking
- Geofence alerts (in/out home, school or other places)
- Content monitoring of SMS messages, contacts etc (anti-sexting and bullying)
- Remote data wipe
Some of the best free Android GPS trackers include Family GPS Tracker by Life360 and Google Latitude (a solution that is not exclusive to the Android platform). For one, Google Latitude works pretty well but requires that the person you are tracking give you permission to track them, which won’t work for those who want to do some covert tracking.
Paid Android GPS trackers
If you need more advanced features that allow you to track someone without them knowing it you are better off using a paid Android tracking software. In addition to realtime tracking, geofence alerts and similar features you will find in free trackers, paid Android trackers offer the ability to:
- Discreetly listen to live phone calls
- Turn on the microphone and listen to the phone’s surroundings
- Track the current location of the phone using GPS or cell phone towers if necessary
- Monitor text and email messages being sent and received by the phone
- View web browsing history
- Remotely download photos and videos that are stored on the target device
By no means is this a comprehensive list of Android GPS trackers or their features, but by now you should realize just how powerful these Android trackers are. In fact, most trackers offer features that many will find too invasive to use on others or simply not necessary for their purposes. In any case, most Cell phone tracker vendors offer a mix and blend of features and pricing packages that should meet the needs of anyone who wants to monitor someone’s phone.
If you simply want to know where your friends are and they don’t mind you knowing their whereabouts, try Google Latitude. However, if you want to track someone without them knowing it you are better off using a more feature rich and advance solution such as Mobistealth or StealthGenie; whichever you choose you will be able to see all that is communicated and stored on the phone.