I have 2 smartphones (android galaxy and iphone) and i would like to display the position, according to the gps coordinates, on a map.

Is there any app to download or any kind of service where i could register? Every time I start the app, the coordinates of the smartphone would be sent to some web service and few seconds later that actual position would be displayed on a map. The map should be accessed/viewed by a user from a desktop pc through a normal Internet Browser.

edit: any known open source projects where you could setup your own "tracking system" and expand/modify it?

  • Hey new to live tracking excellent app
    – user22796
    Commented Oct 10, 2013 at 1:54
  • U keep track of my locations even if my phone is off or doesn't have WiFi enabled??
    – user25739
    Commented Jan 13, 2014 at 15:15

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Find my Friends for iPhone and Google Latitude for both platforms do that.

You will need an Apple account for Find my Friends or a Google account for Google Latitude.

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    thx, do you know if they also store the data so I can check a specific timeframe in the past?
    – Gero
    Commented Nov 25, 2012 at 22:07
  • No, I don't think they do. Just live positions unless they can't get a current fix in which case it will use the last known position (at least I know Find My Friends does this)
    – Fezter
    Commented Dec 10, 2012 at 21:19

You might want to check out OsmAnd project (main page, code/wiki page) from the Google Play store. While I have not personally tried their Live Tracking method as described in their HowTo, it appears as though it may accomplish the task you are looking for.

  • My favorite thing about OsmAnd... you can download offline files for use without internet connection.

  • My biggest gripe... I cannot figure out how to display my GPS track in real-time on the device (I can only get it to display after I manually "save" the current track).


An option for Android phones is the Real Time GPS Tracker

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    can you expand on your answer and tell the poster WHY you believe this is a good option for their needs? Commented Nov 27, 2012 at 16:51

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