Kids using phones.
Iakov Filimonov/Shutterstock.com

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.

RELATED: Disabling Location History Doesn't Stop Google From Tracking Your Location

First, open the “Family Link For Parents” app on your iPhoneiPad, 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.

Open your kid's profile.

Scroll down to the Location card and tap “Set Up.”

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.

Select "Turn On."

Advertisement

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.

Location card.

That’s all there is to it. To turn location tracking off, go to your child’s page and tap “Manage Settings.”

Tap "Manage Settings."

Now select “Location.”

Select "Location."

Toggle the switch off for “See Your Child’s Location.”

Turn off "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.

RELATED: Google Family Link's New Update Gives Parents Better Control of App Time Limits

Profile Photo for Joe Fedewa Joe Fedewa
Joe Fedewa is a Staff Writer at How-To Geek. He has close to a decade of experience covering consumer technology and previously worked as a News Editor at XDA Developers. Joe loves all things technology and is also an avid DIYer at heart. He has written thousands of articles, hundreds of tutorials, and dozens of reviews.
Read Full Bio »

The above article may contain affiliate links, which help support How-To Geek.