Modern technology has evolved to such an extent that anything and everything can be tracked. While tracking is usually frowned upon, it can sometimes come in handy. There are a variety of apps on the Google Play Store that let you keep a tab on the text messages received on a particular phone. This can also help in tracking your children and assuring they’re safe. Most of these apps come with the added functionality of GPS tracking as well, allowing you to get detailed information about the location of your device. This can be handy if your phone is stolen or lost.
Keeping this in mind, we’re going to talk about a handful of text message tracking apps available for Android in 2018. These apps are mostly free, but added functionality might require an in-app purchase. You can also pick between ad-free and ad supported versions with the former requiring you to pay for it.
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This is a complete tracking app, giving you detailed information on the phone’s text messages, call records as well as location. You will be able to track a phone in real time using a remote app. The developer mentions that the app might send some of your phone data (calls, text messages, location etc) to their servers, which is something to keep in mind before downloading the app.
The app can be configured to track your phone’s location at any given point, with the refresh interval set at 5 minutes. If you’re prone to losing your phone, this app can greatly help your chances of tracking it down. The best part about this app is that it’s completely free and has no ads or in-app purchases. It is rated 4.4 stars on the Play Store, which suggests the app has decent popularity in the marketplace. The app requires devices to be on Android 4.0.3 or up.
As the name suggests, this is an app that can help you track your significant other. Tracking includes access to each other’s phone calls, messages, location and even Facebook comments and likes. The developer claims that the app helps reduce jealousy in relationships. While we can’t vouch for the developer’s words, it’s certainly worth a try. The app asks the couple to share the same data with each other, so there’s no selective visibility of your data. This means both parties will give away the same information to each other.
Apps such as these currently flock the Play Store with the hope to help users. However, it is important to remember that tracking someone’s phone without their consent is illegal in most parts of the world, so it is always recommended to steer clear of apps like this if your intention is to not break any laws.
In terms of features, Couple Tracker comes with a built-in anti-delete feature which doesn’t allow either person to delete their call logs, messages, location or other data stored within the app. The app also offers real time tracking, alerting the person when their significant other gets a phone call or a text message. It usually takes 2-3 seconds for the information to arrive, but it’s helpful nevertheless. This is the free version of the app, which means it comes with ads on board. There’s an ad-free “Pro” version available as well, which is recommended if you want to do away with ads. The Pro version also has a bigger storage of content that can be tracked (call logs, messages etc). The app is compatible with devices running Android 4.0.3 and higher.
This app is meant for personal tracking of details. For example, the app can give you information on where you were when you received or made a call and/or text message. It will give you detailed location (accurate up to 100 meters). Once you’ve set up the application, you will be able to check all your call and text records using a web browser. The webpage will open using your email address and PIN setup during the install of the app.
As far as location tracking is concerned, the developer mentions that users don’t need to offer GPS access to the app, and that your location will be approximated using mobile data and Wi-Fi signals around you. This will significantly cut down battery consumption, and leave you with more battery left at the end of the day. You will have to allow the app to receive location data via Wi-Fi by going over to the Settings. Each time your data is posted online on the web interface, a notification will be sent to you, which is in adherence with Google’s policy. The developer mentions that all the data collected are stored securely in a server based out of the U.S.
The app is free to download, although there are some ads on board. There are no in-app purchases, so there’s no way to get rid of the ads, unfortunately. One key benefit of this app is that it is compatible with a wide range of devices, ranging back from Android 2.3, so a large number of the Android population should be able to use this app.
This is a slightly unconventional take on phone tracking, although it is incredibly convenient for a variety of reasons. The app will basically keep a tab of all the calls made in a particular day, and then email it to you at the end of each day. Custom parameters can be set by the users, so you can change the tracking schedule to match your convenience. This is ideal if you want to keep an eye on your kids’ phone and get detailed reports on who they’re talking to and for how long. The app doesn’t have ads and is free to use. It is compatible with phones and tablets running Android 2.3 and above.
This app is pretty much the same as the app we talked about earlier with the only difference being the a slightly different user interface. It doesn’t require GPS access, so all your location data will be tracked using Wi-Fi and mobile network signals. To summarize, the app can give you the exact location from where a call was made or received on your phone. This helps trace back some of your calls and text messages that you might not be aware of. This can also be used by parents to make sure their kids aren’t overusing smartphones. You can even add custom notes to each recording or data, helping you filter them out when there are a lot of records. However, you can’t access your records on a website, so whatever data is present here, it will be within the smartphone. The app is free to download, but comes with ads. It is compatible with devices running Android 2.3 and higher.