This Powerful GPS Phone Tracking Software Can Help Keep Your Family Safe!

Written by Felipe on July 13th, 2013

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Today I’m going to be sharing another free cell phone tracking app with you called “Family Locator Pro” (Note: This is one of the names that you can find it under in the Google Play site but when you download it, the name of the app is actually Life360).

One of the main reasons that people use this type of technoloyg is to simply make sure that your family members are staying safe from the many hazards that exist in the world today. This is the main focus of Family Locator Pro (Life360).

It’s entirely normal for parents and other loved ones to worry when the people that they care about the most are out and about. After all, the world that we live in today can be a very dangerous one! It’s just not the same as it was 20 or 30 year ago. The days of letting your kids ride their bicycles or skateboards anywhere they wanted are long sense past. To be a responsible parent in this day and age, you need to get smart and learn how to utilize modern technologies to keep your children safe.

Fortunately, along with this increased danger, some amazing advancements in technology have come forth that can actually help us keep those that we care about safe and secure. GPS tracking just happens to be one of these kinds of technology. Keep in mind that not all GPS phone tracking applications are created with the goal of family safety in mind. If your interest in this technology is based primary around family safety, you’re going to enjoy learning what I have to teach you about Family Locator Pro today.

Three Ways This App Can Help To Protect Your Loved Ones

  1. You can track the location of your friends and family members with this app.
  2. You can use the software to determine if there are any nearby threats such as sex offenders who might live in the area where your loved ones are hanging out.
  3. Those who have this application installed on their phones can use it to send out a family wide distress alert if they ever feel threatened or that they are in danger.

How This App Works:

family locator pro map screenshotHere’s how it works. First you need to download the app and install the application on all of the phones you want to be able to keep track of. This this only takes a few seconds for each phone. I timed this process while installing it on my HTC Thunderbolt and in less than 20 seconds, the entire process was complete.

The bad news is that at the time this article was written, the app only works on Google Android powered smartphones and iPhones. The developers have reported that it will soon be able to function on the Windows Phone as well as Blackberry mobile devices. Your guess is as good as mine when it comes to how “soon” this will actually be. If you ask me, this app is so valuable that the release of versions that will work on other platforms can’t come soon enough.

Next, you’ll need to register for a free account that is called a “Life360 Family Channel” before you can begin using this service. After you sign up for this free account, you will register each device that you will want to keep track of. This feature makes it possible to group all of the devices that your loved ones carry together so you can easily keep track of them in one easy to use web based interface.

After you have completed these steps, the software will automatically be able to begin tracking your family members. When you log into your Life360 Family Channel, you will see a map and on this map the location of each of the phones that you have assigned to your family channel will be displayed (Note: This is a premium feature). Not only will you see their current location, which by the way is displayed in real-time, you’ll see icons on the screen that represent the location of registered sex offenders as well as various safety resources such as the nearest hospital, police, or fire stations.

My Favorite Features

Now, let me take a minute and tell you about one of my favorite features that comes with this free GPS family tracker application. The app has a handy one button “check in” feature. Virtually every parent in the modernized world has said to their children “Be sure and call to let us know that you made it there safely and that you’re okay”. If you’re a parent, you know all to well that teenagers will often “conveniently forget” to do this. What most likely happens is that they don’t want to be embarrassed in front of their friends so the just don’t bother doing it.

Life360 Check In Button screenshotWith the Family Locator Pro app installed and running on their phone, all they have to do is open the app and tap the green “check in” button. This button is the green button with the white check mark in it. This will instantly send their current location to their parents letting them know that their kids are safe. What could be embarrassing about that? For all their friends know, they are simply texting another friend which won’t draw any suspicions whatsoever since that’s all kids seem to do these days. If you give your kids an easy way to check in that won’t embarrass them in front of their friends, they will be much more likely to “remember” to do it. When they tap the “check in” button, a message will be sent to their family members notifying them that they reported that they are safe.

Life360 Panic Button screenshotAnother very cool and powerful feature that comes with this free family tracking app is the ability to send a panic alert to the entire family by simply pressing a button. Imagine that your teenage daughter is out on a date with a new boy and she starts to feel unsafe but she doesn’t want to make things worse for herself or draw attention to herself by making a phone call. With the panic alert feature, she can click one button and instantly send a distress call out to all of the members of her family who are in her “family channel”. This button is the red button with the white exclamation button mark in it. You can then call the police and give them her exact GPS coordinates or you can jump in your car and go help her yourself if you would rather.

Are All Of The Features Free?

While testing this app, I discovered that not all of the features are free. Some that are, in fact free are the ability for family members to check in manually, send a manual distress message, and view the location of emergency services on a map on the phone your family member is carrying. When logged into the web based Life360 Family Channel, family members can click on the “Locate” button next to any family member and the last known location of the phone will be displayed on a map on the computer screen.

I should point out that the mapping service that this app uses is Google Maps so you can be sure that the mapping data is quite detailed and up to date. You even have the option of viewing the map in regular map mode, satellite mode, or a combination of the two which is called hybrid mode.

How Much Does Access To The Premium Features Cost?

If you want to unlock the other more advanced features, you’ll need to upgrade to a premium account. I was initially under the impression that these features were included with the free version but it appears that they aren’t. Nevertheless, the features included with the free version are still very useful and after you use them for a while, I think you’ll see the value in them and want to upgrade to a premium membership.

If you would like access to even more features, you can sign up for the Life360 Full Family Safety Package. The cost for this premium package is $19.99 per month. Alternately, you can subscribe to the specific premium features that you would like. There are three to choose from. They are Sex Offender Monitoring for $9.99 per month, Enhanced Family GPS tracking for $14.91 per month, and Emergency Child ID for $4.99 per month.

Where Can You Get This Application?

For those of you who would like to test this app out, you can get it here: Click here try Family Locator Pro for free today.

I hope you found this article on this free family phone tracker useful. If you did, perhaps you might consider helping me spread the word about it by sharing the article with your friends. I’m sure that your friends will appreciate the fact that you cared enough to take the time to share a way for them to keep their family members safe from the dangers that exist in the world today.

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