Revolutionary New GPS Phone Tracker Software can be Remotely Activated
Today I have decided to write about something that I haven’t talked about before on my website. Many of you know that having too many apps running on your phone at a time can decrease the run time of your battery.
For example, I usually turn off some of the features on my phone when I don’t need them to improve battery performance. The phone that I’m currently using is an HTC Thunderbolt and there has been lots written about its poor battery performance. There are settings that you can adjust on most smartphones that will improve the performance of your battery but that will be the topic of another article that I’ll soon post on my website.
Some people claim that leaving a GPS app running on your phone all the time can drain your battery faster. I think that it’s important to clear the air about this subject. The truth is that whether a GPS cell phone tracking app will run your battery down faster if it’s running on your phone really depends on how the app functions. Some apps continually calculate the location of your phone so that anytime your friends want to see were you are, they can simply look at the app that is running on their phone and see your current location. In this case, it’s a good thing that the app is running all the time.
Some programs such as the InstaMapper phone tracking app are fully configurable by the user. By default, the app is programmed to transmit it’s location every five seconds. I’m currently testing the app to see if setting the duration to a longer time span between reporting the phone’s location will actually save on battery power. I’ll update this post when I have my results.
I guess what I’m getting at is that if the app is programmed in such a way that it is constantly using the GPS receiver while it’s running, the battery may run out sooner. If the app is designed to activate the GPS receiver at predetermined time intervals and then calculate it’s coordinates, the battery will most likely last longer. At least that’s my understanding. If you can activate the software remotely when you have misplaced your phone, the tracking software will never be using extra resources and causing a drain on your phone’s battery.
So, now that I’m done rambling, it’s time to talk about remotely activating cell phone tracking applications. I have to be honest. At the moment, I’m not entirely sure which apps support this capability. I am, however, in the process of compiling a list of tracking applications that can be remotely activated and my goal is to update this post every time I find a new one.
List Of GPS Tracking Apps That Can Be Remotely Activated
4-17-14 Update: The original InstaMapper is not available at the current time. They hope to relaunch it at some point in the future. There is a new version of InstaMapper but I’m not sure if it has the ability to be remotely activated. I’ve emailed the developer for clarification on this and I’ll update this article when I get a response.
5-5-14 Update: I just heard back from the developers of the new application and they informed me that the new app does in fact have the ability to be remotely activated via an SMS text message. You do have to enable this feature in the settings screen on your phone if you want to use it. You just have to make sure that the box for “SMS listner” is checked. Once you have enabled it, the app doesn’t have to stay running on your phone all the time. This can be very handy! After all, you probably don’t need to use the tracking app while you have your phone with you.
With InstaMapper, you can install the app and as long as it’s installed and configured properly on your phone, you can start it simply by sending an SMS text message to your phone. To remotely activate the software, just text the message “GPS_IM_ON” to the phone you want to activate. Once you send the text message to your phone that contains the activation text string, the tracking software should instantly start running on the device. It will probably take the phone a few seconds to determine its location but once it has done that, it should start transmitting the location of the phone to the InstaMapper web based GPS tracking interface.
You can turn the tracking software off by sending a text message containing the string “GPS_IM_OFF” to the phone. If you want to trigger an update of the GPS coordinates at any time, you can send a text and include the string “GPS_IM_UPDATE” in the message.
One last thing, apparently, this feature won’t work on devices that are running Android 4.4 but according to the email I received today from the app developers, they are working on a feature that will allow the application to be remotely activated from their web based interface.
This app is simply one that features the ability of the user to send a text message to the phone that contains what the designer refers to as an “Attention Word”. When the user sends this attention word to a smartphone in the form of either a text message or an email, the GPS coordinates and address of the phone will be returned to you in the manner in which you sent the attention word. Note: The Where’s My Droid App must already be installed on the phone. It’s not possible to install this mobile GPS tracking app simply by sending a text message or an email.
Be sure and check back soon as I’ll be continually adding more applications to the list of programs that support remote activation. If you would like to be notified when I do so, you can subscribe the the RSS feed for my site by clicking here: Click Here to Subscribe to Free Cell Phone Tracker RSS Feed.
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