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Phone tracking apps.

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Another snowhead gave me the idea of using an old iPhone, putting a sim in to go in my daughters pocket while she is skiing.

I would like to have some software running that I can use to see where she is. In addition would like to do the same on my eldests phone which is an Android. My phone is an iPhone as well.

Which apps do people recommend for this?

I have been trying to use Glympse as a test but that seems to require me to need to respond to sharing request on my daughters phone and appears to drain the batteries quite quickly.

Would rather one which only transmits the location from child’s phone when I do something on mien to say “where are you” and doesn’t require the child to accept the request?

Many thanks for any suggestions.
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iski apps allow you track
https://iski.cc/en/index.html

But I think its either going to be on all the time or something that needs acceptance.

Another alternative is maybe iphone own find my phone feature.
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 Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
@Mr.Egg, yes I was wondering about that but won’t help with eldest who has an Android phone.
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I wrote my own app to do this called RATA

http://rata-gps.blogspot.fr/

it is more aimed at backcountry use and uses SMS as this is the most reliable communications method when signals are weak or intermittent (I also get unlimited SMS Happy ). You can send a message to a phone running rata and it will respond with the location. It will keep running through reboots.

It is a free app which I wrote for myself but if anyone else finds it useful. Android only. It sleeps most of the time so power use is limited.


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There's the Android/Google location stuff, but it's up to ten minutes out of date sometimes. Worth using in a pinch though.

I'm also interested as we are now in the same situation. We've used the Google stuff in the past but I want something a bit more immediate this time out!

We leave Skitracks running to see exactly where they've been and their top speed (so we have a fair idea of how well they're progressing) but that's only useful afterwards obviously.

It doesn't surprise me if Glympse flattens the batteries, but then presumably Skitracks does too, and if Skitracks is already using the GPS it may be what we do. Set up Glympse just as we drop them off at ski school.
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@sparklies, have used SkiTracks and been pleasantly surprised at how long batteries last with it running Glympse seems to consume a lot more. I was also struggling to see my daughters location yesterday- she didn’t notice the requests come in until after I spoke with her, then after she accepted them I looked a while later and it still wasn’t showing her location. So not sure what was going on there.
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Then you can post your own questions or snow reports...
davidof wrote:
I wrote my own app to do this called RATA

http://rata-gps.blogspot.fr/

it is more aimed at backcountry use and uses SMS as this is the most reliable communications method when signals are weak or intermittent (I also get unlimited SMS Happy ). You can send a message to a phone running rata and it will respond with the location. It will keep running through reboots.

It is a free app which I wrote for myself but if anyone else finds it useful. Android only. It sleeps most of the time so power use is limited.


Sounds just the sort of thing I am after - but need cross platform.
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 After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
You can now share Live Location via what’sapp. I like it as everyone has the app on their phones ones location can easily set to be shared with an individual or group.

It deisplay the location on a satellite map which sometimes includes lifts. It’s good enough to get a general idea of a location.

Also use it on long solo bike rides.

Members of our group, of mixed abilities, normally turn it on so we get an idea of whereabouts to meet up for lunch etc. I also use it when skiing alone.

For IPhone
Open Whatsapp —> create new message —> hit the PLUS sign at the bottom left —> Location —> Share Live Location —> Select length of time to share —> hit send arrow.

I believe there is a Paperclip sign on Android.
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@NickyJ, I'm with Whatsapp live location too. I've just got to persuade hubby to use it Toofy Grin
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Will investigate WhatsApp - though right now I am preventing it accessing contacts as I don’t want it to have access to my contacts!

Thanks
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Oh, that's interesting about WhatsApp. We've got the youngest two stupidly cheap (and small!) Alcatel Pixi 4 phones, which run Android 6.0 and can probably manage WhatsApp and Skitracks. But it will be useful for the older two as well to use it.
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@NickyJ,

We’re in Sälen now and are currently using WhatsApp live location.

https://faq.whatsapp.com/en/android/26000049/

It’s cross platform and doesn’t require user interaction. Just a continuous updated map.

Great for group chat, messages and photos.
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So if you're just off somewhere snowy come back and post a snow report of your own and we'll all love you very much
I’ve also found Whatsapp live location doesn’t seem to greatly affect battery life.

Of course Mr Zuckerberg will be tracking your every turn!
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 You know it makes sense.
You know it makes sense.
I use Ski tracks for the kids to see where they've been in lessons...

And we use 'Find Friends' on the iphone to track where the family is generally (even when not on holiday). This is constantly on (well, refreshes every minute or so), and doesn't seem to impact the battery.

This is only helpful if you all have iphones, of course.

I am currently waiting for one of these - https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/ping-the-world-s-smallest-global-gps-locator-bluetooth#/ which was my first foray into 'crowd-funding'... which is an alternative to a full phone.
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 Otherwise you'll just go on seeing the one name:
Otherwise you'll just go on seeing the one name:
I have Kid Control on my sons phone - https://kid-control.com/ . It is available on IOS and Android. It can be a bit hit or miss. Recently I've installed the Google Family Link app on his phone that not only provides location services but also locks it down and restricts things like search. The good news is the parent app can be on IOS or Android.
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