Is there an app that will track my iphone?

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by Amacfa, Jun 21, 2009.

  1. Amacfa macrumors 65816

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    I am taking a trip and I have some folks who will probably be interested on seeing where I am at a given time. Since the iPhone has Location services and sharing I figure there might be an app for it? Is there?
     
  2. The General macrumors 601

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    Since they can't run in the background, it wouldn't work very well... at all. You'd have to put off using the phone at all the entire trip and just let the app stay open the whole time to track you.
     
  3. Amacfa thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Well I am driving so I shouldn't be using the phone anyways.
     
  4. PNutts macrumors 601

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    That would be cool. There are handheld Garmin units that do just that.

    I've been wondering the same thing and the only solution I could dream up is giving out the MobileMe password to allow others to "track my iPhone". However, that seems like a bad idea. :) However, the wifey and I know the passwords so they can locate each other (via the sound) in an emergency if the phone is set to silent.

    Now you've got me searching the app store! :D
     
  5. robanga macrumors 68000

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    Mobile Me - $ 100 per year. But you have to of course give them temporary admin access to MM account.
     
  6. ziggyonice macrumors 68020

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    The new MobileMe feature would allow it... but that's an entire SERVICE as opposed to just an app. And thus, it is $99.
     
  7. mattpreston11 macrumors 6502a

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    If they have an iPhone or iPod touch then you could use heyway.which uses push notification to show where you are.but that wouldn't do realtime tracking.you would have to click to show them where you are.and of course this uses data from the celluar network.which may he a problem if your abroad.
     
  8. iPhonedHome macrumors 6502

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    Loopt I believe does this. AT&T has a pay service that does it but it will only track other family plan members. I would think we'd start to see more apps with this feature out soon.
     
  9. Amacfa thread starter macrumors 65816

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  10. Bryan Bowler macrumors 68040

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    I'm not finding this in the App store...is it only for iPhones that are jailbroken?
     
  11. SephirothXR macrumors 6502

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    The app GPS Tracker allows you to do this online. Loopt allows you to do it if the other person has an iPhone, and it's much preferred quite honestly since I doubt your folks will be looking at you 24/7. Loopt is only delayed by like 5-10 seconds, but online web pages might be different, who knows.
     
  12. TLewis macrumors 65816

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    Yes, if the other people have iPhones or other loopt-compatible phones (there are quite a few -- check out the loopt website), loopt is pretty nice. Not only can others see where you are, but you can also link with facebook and twitter (people can see your loopt updates there).
     
  13. Type121 macrumors regular

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    I used GPS Tracker during a recent cross country trip and it worked well. It even embedded a map with position into my Facebook page. I only updated my position about every half hour though rather than leave it running since I didn't have a charger in the moving truck.

    eta: looks like what I called GPS Tracker and Instamapper are the same thing.
     
  14. LiquidThunderLT macrumors member

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    Do they have an iPhone? If so the 'hey where are you' app is just what you're looking for. When they want to know your location they can ping you with a push notification that prompts you to open the app and send back your own push notification to them w/ your location included. Very cool app.
     
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  17. David Holm macrumors newbie

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    hi friend, you can use the new Mobile Me iPhone app.
     
  18. arubinst macrumors 6502

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    What??? :confused:
     
  19. sammich macrumors 601

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    Google Latitude?

    It doesn't run in the background (because it's not allowed to), and it's a web app. You just fire up the page, sign in, update your location and whoever is added as your friend in Latitude can look up your latest updated location in their web browser.

    It's free too.
     
  20. SqB macrumors 6502

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    +1 for a recent trip to Colorado. I just left the phone on the dashboard as we went along. It worked pretty well and folks were able to follow us with the application on my facebook page. As an added bonus, GPS tracker displays your altitude on the screen. That was fun as we were traveling in the mountains since my stupid TomTom doesn't display altitude.
     

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