See how GPS Locations work

See how GPS Locations work

Locating via Text Message is Easy

Our Personal GPS Trackers give an accurate Google Map location via text message or online – so you can track from anywhere in the world. The accuracy is within a meter.

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Send a text to the GPS Tracker

From your own mobile phone, you send a simple text message to the phone number for the SIM card inside the GPS Tracker, just like you would to another mobile phone.

The GPS Tracker immediately texts you back

Having received the text, the GPS Tracker will then immediately text you back with a clickable map link of where it is. With an internet enabled phone (e.g. iPhone, Android, Windows) the text you receive would look a little like the example to the right. The Google Maps link is a live link – so clicking on it will take you direct to the location on Google Maps, on your phone.


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Send a text to the GPS Tracker

From your own mobile phone, you send a simple text message to the phone number for the SIM card inside the GPS Tracker, just like you would to another mobile phone.

The GPS Tracker immediately texts you back

Having received the text, the GPS Tracker will then immediately text you back with a clickable map link of where it is. With an internet enabled phone (e.g. iPhone, Android, Windows) the text you receive would look a little like the example to the right. The Google Maps link is a live link – so clicking on it will take you direct to the location on Google Maps, on your phone.

Try It Yourself!

As you're using a mobile device, clicking on this link should bring up the Google Maps app on your phone in exactly the same way as it would when you click on a location text: maps.google.com/maps?q=50.852072,-3.388508


Instant Map Location!

The map would then look something like shown. Depending on your phone, Google Maps should also offer options for directions to the location, an image of the area, the ability to zoom into street level.


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If you (or another carer) ever use a non-internet older style phone...

Some people still might be using an older Nokia style phone of course. Fortunately, you can easily set up our Stray Star GPS Tracker to be able to give a full street address with postcode instead of a map link. 

To do this, the GPS tracker sends its coordinates to a server, which then figures out the closest street address, and then sends that back to the GPS tracker so it can text the information back to you. Don't worry - it takes seconds! 

You can also track Online...

It might be useful for example to see the route that someone takes when wandering. 

We provide a step-by-step guide to setting up a free online account where you can locate your device online. It will upload its location every few minutes, so you can see where it is and where it's been. This uses data from your devices SIM (but only amounts to 10p per month with the pre-installed SIM!) and can be turned on or off with a simple text message. 

You can provide the login access for any relatives or carers who might also be looking after the person in question. A simple mobile version of the site is available too. 

We don't use apps!

Some GPS Trackers use apps as their primary method of locating. While apps are available for our devices (you are free to search and use them), we don't provide support for apps. 

We (as well as many other customers using them) find them to be buggy, unreliable and energy-draining. They can also cause conflicts where different relatives/carers change settings. 

However, you can easily save a bookmark of the mobile version of the online tracking platform on your phone, to easily access it at the push of a button. 

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