Best Location Tracking Apps of 2023
Location tracking has become an essential feature on our devices. It allows us to track our movements, know our whereabouts, and share our location data with loved ones in emergencies. With so many options available, though, it's challenging to determine which one is the best for your needs.
In this blog, we'll discuss the best location tracking apps of 2023, so you can select the right one for your needs. We will then finish off by introducing our latest location tracking service on IFTTT called Group Location, which can be used to trigger Applets when you and/or a Group member enter or exit locations.
Table of Contents
- Find My Friends
- Family Locator
- Group Location
Life360 (iOS and Android) is another popular location tracking app that caters to families with its family circle feature. You can add your family members to your circle, and the app will show their whereabouts on the same map, making it easy to keep track of everyone's movements. You can also set up customized alerts for when someone arrives or leaves a particular location.
Additionally, Life360 has driver safety features that allows members to view the previous routes, current speed, phone usage, and other related details. The most significant benefit of this feature is that it helps you monitor and ensure the safety of your family members on the road. You can view their driving behavior, location, and set up alerts to ensure they reach their destination safely.
Life360 currently has three pricing plans that are currently available. Let’s take a deeper look into what each plan offers so you can choose one that suits your requirements the best.
Free ($0/month): The Free plan offers the most basic features with limited functions. It comes with 2 days location history, 2 places with unlimited alert, family driving summary, and SOS help alert.
Gold ($14.99/month): The Gold plan comes with everything in the Free plan in addition to 30 days location history, unlimited place alerts, $25k stolen funds reimbursement, and $250 stolen phone protection.
Platinum ($24.99/month): The Platinum plan comes with everything in the Gold plan in addition to 50 miles free towing, $1 million stolen funds reimbursement, and $500 stolen phone protection.
Find My (iOS only) remains one of the most popular location tracking apps in 2023 that is developed by Apple. It is easy to use, and its interface is user-friendly. All you have to do is invite your friends to share their location, and you will be able to view their movements on a map in real-time. Additionally, Find My has a useful feature that lets you set up notifications for when your friends arrive or leave a particular location. You can also easily stop sharing your location any time by just tapping ‘Stop Sharing My Location’ under the person’s name.
Note that the app enables you to share your location with your friends and family members who are iOS users. The app is integrated into the iPhone, iPad, and Mac devices, making it free and easy to locate your loved ones without installing any additional apps.
Additionally, you can also track your Apple devices on this app as it uses your device’s GPS, Wi-Fi, and cellular location to track its current location. It tells you the current location or where and when your device was last used.
Family Locator (iOS and Android) is free, easy to use, and offers a wide variety of features that can especially help you keep track of your child's location or want to ensure the safety of an elderly relative. With this app, you can keep track of your family or friends' whereabouts and receive notifications whenever they enter or leave a designated area. This feature is especially useful when it comes to keeping track of your children, as you can set up geofencing alerts around their school, playgrounds, or even their friends' houses.
The app also allows you to see the location history and routes your loved ones have taken, giving you a better understanding of their routine. This feature is particularly useful for caregivers or families with elderly relatives, as it allows them to monitor their loved ones' movements and ensure their safety.
Another feature Family Locator provides is the ability to create Safe and Unsafe Zones that are tailored to your family’s specific needs and preferences. The app is also equipped with an SOS button that, when pressed, sends an emergency message to all members of the group, alerting them to your location and situation.
Glympse (iOS and Android) is a location tracking app that allows users to share their current location with others in real-time. With Glympse, users can choose who they want to share their location with and for how long. This setting is perfect for families and friends who want to keep tabs on each other's whereabouts but don't want to give up their privacy entirely.
Additionally, Glympse is also suitable for businesses that can help with co-worker/employee tracking, gives customers the ability to share and receive predictive ETA, precision data tracking to help customers, employees, and products aligned regardless of location or transportation method, and two-way messaging between the employees and customers. As a result, businesses benefit from enhanced customer satisfaction, operational efficiency, and effective communication.
Group Location (iOS and Android) is a service on IFTTT that allows you to start automations based on the location of everyone in your Group. It allows you to control the smart devices in your home and other automations based on the location of your favorite people. For example, you can turn off lights when everyone leaves home, play music when someone gets home, change the AC when everyone leaves the house and change it back when everyone’s home, or even save money every time the whole family is away from the house. By using our shared location automations, it can help you save money, increase your safety, and stay connected. You can learn even more about our Group Location service here.
Here’s a few of our most popular Group Location Applets:
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