Gps Tracking for your kids iphone?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by koilvr, Jul 1, 2010.

  1. koilvr macrumors 6502


    Jun 15, 2010
    Knoxville, TN
    I have 4 iphones on my account 2 Iphone4 and 2 iphone 3GS, Whats the best app or feature to tracking the other iphones on my iphone? I know about AT&T for $5 a month to do it. But what about something better and maybe free? I tried searching for 2 days on here but found nothing.
  2. anng12 macrumors member

    Jul 25, 2009

    It's an app on the app store

    $4.99 (one time payment)
  3. smithrh macrumors 68020


    Feb 28, 2009
    The fact that you have "boy" in your screen name is pretty revealing - but let's get back to your post, shall we?

    You'll note that the OP didn't mention kids even once.

    Oh wait, you didn't read that, you imagined you read that, and decided to post without fully comprehending what you wrote.

    And you were snarky about it too.

    Good job, kid.

    Back to the OP, take a look at google latitude, it may work for you.
  4. Kenal0 macrumors regular

    Sep 15, 2007
    I have one mobileme account that I use for my email. I installed the account on the wifes and kids phones and turned of the email, contacts and bookmarks and just us it for just the findmyphone. Works great and I am already paying for the mobileme account.

  5. FamiliaPhoto macrumors 6502a


    Jul 24, 2009
    Chicago, IL
    I have a MobileMe family plan and use find my iPhone to track what I need. My wife has a habit of leaving her phone lying around. It has saved us more than once. Since they released the iPhone app it is perfect.
  6. slpdLoad macrumors 6502a


    Jun 10, 2009
    Yeah I'm thinking the MobileMe solution is going to be the most elegant solution for you. Best interface, and it's built into the phone, not an app that could be removed. You can even force location services on with parental controls so they wouldn't even know you had it enabled (for a while anyway).

    I think the AT&T solution price is per phone as well, I may be wrong about that.
  7. KameronBriggs macrumors 6502


    Feb 8, 2010
    Somewhere Sunny, California
    If you haven't activated MobileMe, you can get a 60 day trial to try it out before you have to pay it. After 60 days are up, it's 99.99 a year, or 8 dollars a month... 0.27 a day. It's your best bet. It's really easy to use to... I recommend it.
    To start a trial, go here :

    and hit Free Trial in the top right side of the page. If you dont like it, you can always cancel before the 60 days is up!
  8. Daveoc64 macrumors 601

    Jan 16, 2008
    Bristol, UK
    It's very easy to disable "Find my iPhone" with MobileMe.

    You just go into the settings menu and turn it off. No password needed!

    It's a bit of a flaw for anyone using the feature, let alone what the OP wants to do.
  9. bluenoise macrumors 6502a

    Jul 16, 2008
    +1 on MobileMe for this. We have it on our two iPhones. My wife couldn't find her phone one evening, so we used it to make sure she hadn't left it at her friend's house. The map showed it was at our house, so I sent the "play a sound for two minutes" thing to it and was able to find it. It had fallen out of her purse and gone under the seat in her car. Calling it wouldn't have worked as well because it would only ring for a short while before going to VM. The two minutes of pinging was more useful.
  10. koilvr thread starter macrumors 6502


    Jun 15, 2010
    Knoxville, TN
    I have tried mobile me but I never used it really. Figured something like this would be easier But I see the benifits of mobile me now.
  11. critic81 macrumors regular

    Oct 6, 2008
    Google Latitude!

    So I use this with my fiance and we both love it. Set up a gmail account for each of your family members. Then from the iPhone App Store download Latitudie. It updates in the background on iOS4. Then you add each other as friends in latitude. Then you can see where everyone is. Also you can enable location history too. I love it.

    Another alternative to Latitudie is PlaceTrack ( but it is not approved yet. Good luck!
  12. SAPPete macrumors member

    Apr 13, 2010
    Ayways, I tried AT$T FamilyMap, and it's horribly inaccurate. If a half mile radius is accurate enough for you, check it out, but I find it too expensive for what it does. It was helpful when my wife was driving out of state to visit a friend and got lost, and I could give her directions to get back on track.

    I'd really like a solution that enables recovery of a stolen phone, so it needs to be very accurate and difficult / impossible to disable, at a reasonable price.

    I fail to see what's wrong with tracking your kids, btw. As long as I'm responsible for their actions, I'd like to know what they're up to.
  13. boxster99t macrumors member

    Jun 23, 2010
    Please don't pay full price for mobileme. Either search on Ebay or shopping through your favorite search engine. Any unused authorization code for dot.mac or mobileme can be subscribed (and/or used to update an existing mobileme account). $60 or less, easily.

    In fact, I was dumb this year and forgot to shop for a new code in advance of my expiry date. Ended up paying $58 on ebay for an instant code that was emailed to me within minutes, a few hours before my mobileme account would have deactivated. Now, I have a calendar reminder set for next year. :D

    And I thought I would never need the find my iPhone feature, as I don't lose things. About two weeks ago (with my old iPhone), I sat it down in my house but couldn't remember where.

    Nice feature to have however you get it, through mobileme or otherwise. I like Mobileme mostly for the calendar and contacts sync (I know there are other apps to do those things and mobileme is expensive for what you get, but it's easy).
  14. PNutts macrumors 601


    Jul 24, 2008
    Pacific Northwest, US
    +1 - The ability to make the phone sound a tone when set to silent is a great feature. Hopefully I won't have to use it in an emergency...
  15. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
  16. Zo6 macrumors member

    Aug 21, 2010
    If they're all on one account, why not use find "Find My iPhone" its free and gets pretty close
  17. SpasticPat macrumors 6502


    Sep 15, 2011
    Apollo, Pa
    Wow 5 year old thread huh?

    Anyways, Find my Friends by Apple works fine for me now that it exists.
  18. SHirsch999 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 19, 2011
    This is what I do. My daughter brings a phone to school. I use find my iPhone to see when she is leaving so I know when to be at the bus stop. Beats standing out in the cold and snow.
  19. I7guy macrumors P6


    Nov 30, 2013
    Gotta be in it to win it
    Right, but since the cat is out of the bag, "find my friends" is a good, solution. With IOS 8 the phone can be locked down such that stuff can't be turned off.

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