Keeping Track

Stay informed on the whereabouts of your family with these location-based tracker apps

By Roland Quek      28 April 2020

If you are anxious about the well-being of your family members, then you should absolutely take the aid of a tracking app. To help you out, we have come up with this list of apps that report anyone’s location in real-time.

Dementia Friends (Editor’s Pick)


Developed by the Agency for Integrated Care, Nanyang Polytechnic and Integrated Health Information Systems, this made-in-Singapore app allows families of a missing person with dementia to send out alerts via a “Finding My Loved One” feature, with information on where he or she was last seen. At the same time, users can report sightings of the missing person through the “Lend a Helping Hand” function, which lets you alert their caregivers. This app, which doubles as a resource guide on dementia, also displays designated “go-to” touch points in Singapore where staff can render help for families with lost persons with dementia.

Life 360


Its Family Locator connects you with your family and loved ones with its GPS location technology. Family and friends can be added to a private chat known as a “circle”, which allows members to see each other’s real-time location, including real-time alerts when anyone reaches or leaves a location. Each circle member appears as a unique icon on the chat’s navigational map. Other notable features include Internet access as well as a Driver Care Support function that connects you by phone with app representatives who can assist on emergency situations on the road.

Sygic Family Locator


With its augmented reality real-time location tracking, this app helps keep your family members connected at all times. Privacy is of utmost consideration, and all family members must first consent to GPS location tracking before the tracking service can be enabled. Top features include a personalised navigation map with favourite zones for each family member, and a Flight Tracker function that lets you track family members globally, providing alerts on flight delays and cancellations. Highlight: Should your kids get lost, they can tap an SOS button that will immediately send you their GPS location.



This app leverages GPS tracking to share your real-time location with your family. Unlike other tracking apps, Glympse lets you share your location via a web-based navigation map with anyone you choose. Family members who wish to have a “glimpse” of your location will be able to receive it through a link sent via text message, email or Facebook, Twitter and Whatsapp. This means there is no need to create an account or log in. Upon downloading the app, you can send a Glympse to anyone you like by simply selecting a contact, choosing the duration you want your location to be available, and then tapping send.



This is a monitoring app with location-tracking and voice-monitoring features to help parents to support and improve the well-being of their special-needs children. Designed to accompany a GPS wearable device, parents can monitor the location of their children as well as hear them and their surroundings in real time. The mobile app also allows you to see the daily activity history of your child, add and set permissions for guardians, and send first responder alerts in emergencies.


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