The 8 Best Phone Tracker Apps of 2020

Never lose your phone (or your kids) again

If you want to track the location of a phone or its owner, the apps listed here can help. One makes a noise when you whistle (so you can find it among your other belongings). Others include more sophisticated features that let you know where each member of your family is at any given time. We break down the pros and cons of our top eight picks below.

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Share Your Location: Glympse

Three Glympse screens on iOS
What We Like
  • Supports geofencing.

  • Can be used between platforms.

  • No sign-up required.

What We Don't Like
  • Some users report freezing at times.

Glympse allows you and your contacts to share location information with an easy-to-understand interface that clearly shows who's where. Use it to send an update, so others know when to expect you for a family gathering. Request an update to find out how much longer you have to wait at the restaurant for your coworker. Or set up a group to see a map of where your friends are in relation to the theater on movie night. You can also use it to get help more quickly in an emergency.

Glympse is free to download and use on both iOS and Android.

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Let Your Partner Know You're Safe: Life360

Three iOS screens from Find My Family, Friends, Phone
What We Like
  • Don't have to send text messages about arrival times.

  • Car crash detection with the premium service.

  • Location history.

What We Don't Like
  • Some users report accuracy issues.

Life360 lets you know where your loved ones are and lets them know your location. It allows you to see the real-time location of those who give permission to be tracked (it isn't legal to track someone without their permission). Know when your partner or other family members leave and arrive at specified locations, such as work, home, and school. There's also a chat function so that you can communicate about transportation or safety matters.

Life360 has Silver, Gold, and Platinum plans that cost $4.17/month, $8.33/month, and $16.67/month, respectively.

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Keep Track of Your Kids: Familonet

Three Familionet app screens
What We Like
  • Panic button for emergencies.

  • Create multiple groups.

  • Chat function.

What We Don't Like
  • Some features, like the panic button, aren't free.

This app is designed for families or other groups who want to know each other's locations in real time. You can see where everyone in your group is at any moment, and you get notifications when they leave a place (such as school, work, or home) or arrive at one. You can also see all group members at a glance. The app can also locate lost or stolen phones.

Each contact you want to track must give you permission to do so.

Familonet is free with an option to upgrade to a Premium version that starts at $9.49.

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Stay Connected With Family Members on iOS: Find My

Three iOS screens from Find My Friends app
What We Like
  • Can be used across Apple devices.

  • Includes parental restrictions.

  • Share location with nearby (~30 feet away) friends using AirDrop.

What We Don't Like
  • Only available for iOS.

Apple's Find My combines the features of its old Find My iPhone and Find My Friends apps into a single app for iOS13 and up. With it, you and your family members can share your locations at any time. You can set up location-based alerts, so you know when family members are safe at home. Done sharing? You can easily stop at any time.

Those you want to share your location with must also have the app.

It comes installed on iOS devices, and it's free to use. You can also use it on iCloud.com or in conjunction with Family Sharing.

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Find a Misplaced Phone: Find My Phone Whistle

Three Android screens from Find My Phone, Whistle
What We Like
  • Easy setup.

  • Choose the sound you want your phone to make when you whistle for it.

  • Saves time.

What We Don't Like
  • May not work as well if there are a lot of background noises while you whistle.

If you tend to misplace your Android phone or tablet, this app is for you. Set it up so that when you whistle, it makes a loud noise, even if it's currently in silent mode. Keep in mind the app responds to all whistling (even from other people) and other high-pitched noises in the immediate environment.

You can upload your own melody to use as the response when you whistle.

Find My Phone Whistle is free, or you can upgrade to Premium for additional functionality, starting at $0.99.

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Locate a Seriously Lost Phone: Find Lost Phone

Three Android screens of Find Lost Phone app
What We Like
  • Clean interface.

  • No internet required to find your phone.

  • Can be used to find a misplaced phone on silent mode.

What We Don't Like
  • Too many ads.

  • No iOS version.

Install this app on your Android phone to easily find it if it ever gets lost or stolen. It uses GPS tracking to find your device, so you get a precise map location by sending a command from another mobile phone. You can also assign a friend as a trusted contact who will receive a message if a thief replaces the SIM card in your phone. The app also includes favorite places and reminder functionality so that you can get alerts when it's time to go to the gym or wherever you need to be.

To retrieve your phone, you may need to get help from the police.

Find Lost Phone is free.

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The Granddaddy of Android Phone Trackers: Where's My Droid

GPS setup and tracking in the Where's My Droid app for Android
What We Like
  • Locate your device using ring, vibrate, and GPS.

  • Remotely lock your phone and wipe your data.

  • It's light on the phone battery.

What We Don't Like
  • Some features are hidden behind a paywall.

  • Features don't always work properly.

Where's My Droid is one of the first phone tracking apps to appear on the Android market, and it's still a solid option if you want to safeguard your devices. It can help you locate your phone by making it ring or vibrate. It also uses GPS to help you find a lost or stolen device, even on a low battery. Other notable features include the ability to remotely lock your device, remotely wipe the SD card and phone data, passcode protect to prevent unauthorized app changes, and more.

Where's My Droid offers a free version and a paid version that costs $0.99 per month.

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A Phone Tracker That Doubles as a Walkie Talkie: iSharing

Two people message each other in the iSharing app.

iSharingSoft

What We Like
  • Real-time locations of family members.

  • Turn your device into a walkie talkie and send free voice messages.

  • Automatic notifications when friends are nearby.

What We Don't Like
  • The best features require a premium subscription.

iSharing's standout feature over other apps on this list is the walkie talkie. This lets you send and receive free voice messages with family members. It also has many of the same benefits as other family tracking apps, including real-time locations of family and close friends, real-time alerts, GPS tracking for lost or stolen phones, and more.

Like other apps on the list, it offers both a free version and premium version, which costs $3.99/month.

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