Android smartphones have GPS integrated right from the beginning. But do you know how to use your Android device as a GPS tracker? Well, if you are not aware of how to do so, then do not worry. We are here to clear this concept. Let us see.
There are many ways to convert your Android phone into a GPS tracker. But we will be discussing only those that are most commonly used.
Tracking with native features
Smartphones, which are manufactured in 2014 or later, have an in-built feature known as Android Device Manager. This feature pings your current location to the Google server constantly. Thus you can know the current location of your smartphone at anytime and anywhere. To enable the Android Device Manager:
- Go to Android’s Settings.
- Click Personal, and then Security.
- In Device Administration, click Device Administrators.
- Click Android Device Manager.
- Click Activate.
To allow the Android Device Manager you will need to grant 3 permissions to this feature—the ability to change the password that unlocks your screen, the ability to erase all data, and the ability to lock the screen. The Android Device Manager not only allows you to track your device but also helps to operate it even when you are far from it.
Tracking with Android apps
There are many apps present on the Google Play Store. These apps are used to track your smartphones. This means, these apps turn your smartphone into a GPS tracker. Almost all the apps have same function. Some of the noteworthy mentions are Lookout, Prey, Familonnet, and others.
In short, this is how you can turn your device into a GPS tracker. But if you do so, there are certain drawbacks. Battery life is the main concern as your phone may run out of battery within certain period. Also the quality and signal plays an important role.
So friends, keeping these risks in mind you can turn your Android smartphone into a GPS tracker.