Location SMS

Locate your device with a text, even when it's offline 📱🌎

get it
#4 Product of the DaySeptember 10, 2018

Quickly locate your device by texting 'Where are you? '- Location SMS will then reply with its current location

Even in Do Not Disturb mode, you can text your phone 'Lost' and it will ring at high volume so you can find it!

Set up a 'Geofence' to automatically send a text message to a person of your choice everytime you enter or exit an area

Reviews

Juan Carlos Haro
Thomas Lekhanya
keerthi chandra
 +1 review

Discussion

You need to become a Contributor to join the discussion - Find out how.
Amrith Shanbhag@amrith · Community at Product Hunt & Feathrd
This is very clever @jamie_turner! Can this be done on iOS too or are there restrictions? I believe Find My iPhone does not have offline tracking to this extent.
Jamie Turner
Jamie TurnerMaker@jamie_turner · App developer
@amrith Sorry but there are restrictions for iOS :(
Anne-Laure Le Cunff
Anne-Laure Le Cunff@anthilemoon · Entrepreneur
Wow, my phone was stolen this weekend (luckily the person didn't think of turning it off so I got it back), so this is front-of-mind for me at the moment. How does it work? EDIT: just saw "offline" not "off" - still curious to understand how it works!
Jamie Turner
Jamie TurnerMaker@jamie_turner · App developer
@anthilemoon For locating the device using a text, this is what happens: Location SMS receives a text message and checks if the text contains 'Where are you?'. If the text contains 'Where are you?' then the app will check if you have allowed the sender to request your location or the text or the text contains an authorisation code. If that is true then Location SMS will find your location using GPS and replies with a google maps Url with a pinpoint on your location. However, if someone had stolen your phone and it was turned off, you could still send them a 'Where are you?' text and the second the thief turns it on, the app would receive the message and instantly reply with his/her location.
Babken Karapetyan
Babken Karapetyan@babken_karapetyan · Innovation is a Memetic Evolution
Idea is perfect if it will work as planned.
Jamie Turner
Jamie TurnerMaker@jamie_turner · App developer
@babken_karapetyan Thank you! Try it out to see how well it works 👍
Astghik A
Astghik A@astghik_azaryan · Advertising Ninja
How exactly is this tracking system working?
Jamie Turner
Jamie TurnerMaker@jamie_turner · App developer
@astghik_azaryan For locating the device using a text, this is what happens: Location SMS receives a text message and checks if the text contains 'Where are you?'. If the text contains 'Where are you?' then the app will check if you have allowed the sender to request your location or the text or the text contains an authorisation code. If that is true then Location SMS will find your location using GPS and replies with a google maps Url with a pinpoint on your location. For the Geofences, every set period of time, the app will get your current location in the background and check if you have entered or exited one of your Geofences. When you enter or exit a Geofence, a text can be sent to contacts of your choice.
Aleksander Skjoelsvik
Aleksander Skjoelsvik@alekplay · I like making things
Very clever, but I'm curious about how this works and the privacy aspect of it. The app has to listen for every single incoming message and parse them for the appropriate commands, correct?
Jamie Turner
Jamie TurnerMaker@jamie_turner · App developer
@alekplay That is correct, the app does listen for every incoming message but the messages are never sent to a server to be checked if they contain the appropriate commands, it all happens locally on your device. The messages are never stored either. Having every messaged checked may sound worrying which is why a privacy policy in place making it illegal to collect any information about your messages, location or people in your contact list. Any more questions then feel free to message me, have a great day!