Free GPS Apps – Android Cell Phone Tracking Solutions

By Steve McFarlane

If you have a GPS-enabled device there is a lot you can do with it. For one, you can keep an eye on your children, or track a cheating spouse, or help your family maintain peace-of-mind by allowing them to see where you are at all times.

In fact, you can also use your phone’s GPS and mapping software to improve your social life, by using GPS Applications to rendezvous with friends who are near by.

For some people it is scary to thing to know that they can be tracked at all times, and rightly so, but there are lots of legitimate uses for cell phone tracking solutions, not least among which is ensuring that your family members are safe.

Here are some of the best Android cell phone tracking apps.

Family GPS Tracker by Life360

This app uses award-winning Facebook and Google technology to track family members in real-time. The Family GPS Tracker by Life360app can also monitor sex offenders who live close by. Family GPS Tracker does more than just trace people though, in that family members can check-in to let you know that they are safe. In fact, this app was awarded a first place prize in an Android developer challenge.

Family GPS tracker works especially well as a child locator. When you want to ensure that your child is safe simply sign in to the mapping software to see where he/she is; see what threats are in the area; and configure the app to send alerts when family members are in trouble.

GPS Tracker – Android Asset and Vehicle Tracking

This is a free GPS cell phone tracking software for Android smart phones. GPS Tracker was developed by InstaMapper LLC and is perhaps the best free Android phone locator app out there. Like most real-time tracking solutions, this app uses Google Maps, but you need to signup for a free account at InstaMapper to access the service.

Once you setup your account and install the software on your phone, you can track anything that is carrying the device, provided that it has a clear view of the sky in order that the GPS receiver can acquire a satellite signal).  Because it uses Google Maps you can also display tracking information on a website, application, or device that supports Google Maps.

Google Latitude – Family and Child Tracking

Google Latitude enables users to share their location with other Google Latitude users, but ensures that no one can see your location if you don’t share it with them. Perhaps you are not willing to share your exact location.

If that’s your preference you can turn on the city level view instead; this will let others know what city you are in but no further information as to your where-about will be shared.

Is there a Google Latitude Android app? Not really, you access and use the service by visiting (using phone, tablet or computer) to send an invitation to a friend or family member.  Once they accept the invitation you can start tracking them, but it is the user who determines how much information is given.

Final Words

Maybe you want to trace someone’s journey as they make their way home in bad weather, or it could be that you want to track a vehicle. In which case you would simply leave the phone hidden in the vehicle just in case the vehicle is stolen or is taken for a joy ride (vehicle tracking with no monthly fee, yeah).

If you are looking for a solution that can covertly track someone’s cell phone, without them knowing it, you may need to get the much acclaimed MobiStealth PRO-X cell phone tracking app.

Otherwise the above-mentioned Android phone trackers can serve you well if the cell phone owner doesn’t mind you tracking their phone. If you know of any other great but free mobile tracking apps, please let us know about it in the comments section below.

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39 Responses to “Free GPS Apps – Android Cell Phone Tracking Solutions”

Erline Fagundo

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As a matter of fact, if you want to keep an close eye on your children, the mobile operators provide family locating services like verizon family locating etc.

Fast Tracking App

If you just need a live tracking app for your outdoor trips try this Android Market link:

This app is brilliant and very easy to use.

Steve @ Android Phone Tracker

Great roundup of free solutions.


this site has helped me a ton thanks for the feedback and telling me where to look

Steve McFarlane

We are glad that you found the site helpful.


I have tried all the tracking apps. This one is the best by far and does what it says:




its the best app ever and it works

yvonne gonzalez

I in need to locate my sis


Is there any android app to track lost mobile even if the GPS is not enabled?


i love you

Viraj Shetty

Great post, I am actually using a simple and very handy app called Locayte. It allows me to track my phone calls, sms & gps logs too. The best part is I can add any number of devices and track all of them for free, no registration required. Initially I wanted to just install a software that helps me find my lost phone but this one allows me a cool dashboard to even track my phone usage of course along with the feature of tracking lost phone. Couldn’t have asked for more. Check out

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Please help me with find this man of mine while I’m not around..


Thank you for the post. I currently use an app called Family Tracker and I like it a lot. The best thing about is its stealth ping feature, that allows me to force my kids phones to update their location without them knowing. and it doesn’t matter if the GPS is on or not. It takes a bit of time to set it up…The app is for both the Android and iPhone. I found their site helpful:

Sue in Denmark

Yeah sounds great….try initiating use from a cell phone in another country. It doesn’t work. You are unable to add any other cell phones if they are from another country ie Denmark or Germany.


I like it


If I install this app, would it track ay kind of phone or is it strictly to androids phone?

Steve McFarlane

Mobistealth works on all major platforms –Blackberry, windows phone, iPhone Symbian as well as Android.


We need on for our phones that doesn’t need installing on the phone being tracked.

Steve McFarlane

The best solutions are those that require that you have physical access to the phone you want to track. I would be wary about trying any gps tracker that claims it can be installed without you having to touch the phone.


I recommend Waze. It has a good community not to mention turn- by-turn directions


I like this


I won phone location track

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Do you know an app for phone tracking where friends or family can check my location (e.g. in terrible traffic or lost at an event) but I would always be notified that it had happened.

I notice that the family tracking app permits stealth pings, which would make me feel uncomfortable, not knowing when I was being monitored.

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Steve McFarlane

Personally, I don’t think there is anything better than WordPress, all you need is a good hosting account.


Hi need help in finding a good free app that tracks and has access to text and calls. Needs to work between android and windows phones. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Steve McFarlane

Mobistealth can easily track cellphones between several platforms (Windows, Android, iPhone…) and on several networks (Sprint, ATT, Verizon…)

You can find more information on the app here:


hi,i’m currantly using life 360 family tracking and it really stinks! most of the time it is completely wrong and on more than one occasion it has said we were in one city when obvesouly we weren’t there. i am really frustrated because there’s got to be an app out there that is accurate and free! all of our phones are very currant Android smart phones. please help!!!!!!!!!

Steve McFarlane

Sometimes the problem is not with the app itself in that the GPS feature on some phones aren’t accurate or simply don’t work in some locations (indoor and underpasses). To verify that it is not Life 360 that is causing a problem try another free tracker.

Alex xiaohao

i want find back my phone

Steve McFarlane

I am afraid these solutions wont help you if software wasn’t installed on the phone before it went missing.

Harold Thompson

I have to agree with Michelle above. Life360 is not very accurate. It states that my wife and myself are at different locations when that is not the case. Needless to say, it has caused both of us to question one another of our whereabouts. I would suggest that those who use this product not be entirely dependent on it’s accuracy.


Tracking does NOT work. I have installed and uninstalled this so many times and finally got rid of it. It tells me that myself and my husband are in a different cities our kids are in different schools. waist of time and worthless


My boyfriend just asked me to marry him and i dont want to make the wrong decision i just wanna know if i can trust him before i say yes. It is a big committment and i dont want to make the wrong choice i need to find some kind of gps phone tracker software. Somebody please help If there is one i can put on my comp that would be nice. I dont want to marry someone that is playing me .

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