Tracking someone’s location is a touchy subject, but there are legitimate reasons why you might want to do it. One common example is tracking your child’s location. We’ll show you how to keep an eye on their whereabouts.
Google’s Family Link service offers a bunch of handy features including location tracking. The nice thing about Family Link is the process is very transparent. The child’s device gets a notification when you’re tracking it. No one should be unknowingly tracked.
Note: In order to use Family Link to track location, your child will need to have an Android device signed in with an account linked to your Google family.
First, open the “Family Link For Parents” app on your iPhone, iPad, or Android device. Your child needs to be using Android, but you can track them from any device. Select the child who you would like to track.
Scroll down to the Location card and tap “Set Up.”
A pop-up message will explain that your child’s device will have location turned on and their location will be share with you until you turn it off. Tap “Turn On” to proceed.
Tracking will immediately begin. You’ll now see a new card on your child’s page with their location shown on a map. There are shortcuts to navigate to their location and refresh the location. You can also “Label” the location.
That’s all there is to it. To turn location tracking off, go to your child’s page and tap “Manage Settings.”
Now select “Location.”
Toggle the switch off for “See Your Child’s Location.”
It’s really as simple as that. You can track your child’s device whenever you want right from your own device. Maybe you need to track your kid during a trip away from home or they’re grounded. Whatever the situation may be, Family Link is your best method.