Features of the family GPS Tracker app from Life360 include the ability to view the location of all members participating in the program in real time, the ability to see the exact location of participants on a private map and the option to chat with plan members. The app also allows users to create profiles that include custom pictures and see results through the company's website as well as the app.
The GPS tracker app utilizes the built-in GPS capabilities of smartphones to allow users to track each other's locations, with a common implementation being to allow parents to monitor the location of children. When a user downloads the free app for a participating smartphone, she can register for an account with the company and allow the app access to her GPS coordinates. She can then invite other users who also have the app to join her network, known as a family circle, to initiate visual tracking.
Each family circle has its own private map that is only viewable to its members and displays the location of each member in real time. A user can also conduct a search for the location of another family circle member to see her location. The free version of the app places some limitations on the number of location searches available over a given period of time. The free version allows users to chat with each other directly through the app.