Step-by-step guide to GPS tracking

Do you want to track the location of your vehicle or pet but don't know how to start? This guide will walk you through the basic steps and show you that it's not difficult at all. So let's get started.

Choose and purchase the right GPS tracker

On the devices page, you can see the devices supported on the platform and choose the one that suits you best.

On the partners map page you can see the partners from whom you can purchase the tracker and who can help you to use the application.
If you wish, you can purchase the tracker in any other place convenient for you.

If you already have a tracker, skip to step 2.

Important to know

If you have a tracker that is not on the list of supported devices, then you can write to us, and perhaps we'll be able to connect this device.

Choose and purchase the right GPS tracker

Create an account and log in to the app

Select the appropriate tracking application from the solutions page. You can download the desired application or use its web version.
To start using the GPS-Trace platform or any of its applications, you need to register first.

To do this, follow the link or click on the "Register" button in the upper-right corner.
You can also register on the page of one of the applications, or in the application itself.
Fill in the form and confirm your email to complete the registration. The process will take no more than 5 minutes.

Now you can log in to the application using the email and password that you specified during the registration.

Create an account and log in to the app

Create a unit

The unit denotes what you want to track, for example, a vehicle or a pet.

It won't take long to create it.
To create a unit, click on the unit selection field and select "Create unit".

A step-by-step form for creating a unit will open:

  • Select the model of your GPS device (tracker) from the list.
  • Provide the details of your tracker, such as its ID (IMEI) and, if required, a password.
  • Click on the "Save" button.
Important to know

The unit will be created with some characteristics, such as a name, by default. You can change them later in the unit settings.

Create a unit

Configure the tracker

After creating the unit, you should connect it to your tracker. Thus, the tracker will be able to send data to the application.

To do this, configure the tracker by performing the following actions:

  • Configure the server and port for data transmission
    When the unit is created, the application shows the server address (IP or DNS) and the port to which you should direct your tracker so that the system begins to receive data, process it and display in the application.
  • Set the UTC 0 time zone
    For most trackers, regardless of your location, set exactly the UTC 0 time zone. In the application, your local time zone is determined from the data of the device (phone or computer) on which you use it.
  • Configure the APN
    Configure the APN according to the provider of the SIM card you are using with the tracker. Depending on the provider, this can be just the APN or also the APN username and password.

As soon as you adjust the necessary settings and your tracker starts sending data to the configured server address and port, you can immediately see it on the map in the application.

Configure the tracker
Important to know

Data transmission trackers should be used with a SIM card or a chip.
Most often, the guide to configuring the tracker is provided with the device. You can also request it from the seller or the manufacturer of your GPS tracker.
The tracker is usually configured using SMS commands specified in the tracker guide. The commands are sent to the number of the SIM card used with the tracker.
Some trackers may have a special program for setting up via a computer.

Useful app features

Our applications will help you not only track the location of a unit on the map, but also please you with other functions. They will help you get the most of your tracker.

Here are some of these possibilities:

Building the tracks and viewing the events of your unit

Do you want to know where exactly your unit was a few hours or days ago? It only takes a few clicks to find out this.

Using the application, you can view a detailed history of movements, track the events that happened to the unit over the past period.
You can view such information on the "Trips" and "Timeline" tabs and on the "History" tab of the unit menu.

Building the tracks and viewing the events of your unit

Creating geofences

A geofence is an area marked on the map.

As a rule, geofences are used to create notifications that a unit is inside a certain area or has left it. Also, geofences will help you navigate the map faster.
You can create and edit geofences on the "Geofences" tab in the app.

Creating geofences

Receiving notifications about the unit state and events related to the unit

Do you want to be always in touch with your unit?

The application will help you with this. Receive notifications in the way that suits you best: in-app notifications, push notifications, Telegram and email notifications, webhook notifications.

You will always know:

  • about the unit entering the geofence and exiting from it;
  • about the unit exceeding the specified speed;
  • about the beginning and end of the trip;

You can configure notification types and sending methods on the "Notifications" tab, in the unit notification settings or in the user menu.

Receiving notifications about the unit state and events related to the unit

Sharing your unit location with other people

Do you want to share the vehicle location with your loved ones?

There is nothing easier.
In the application, you can generate a link which will lead to the location of your unit. Just use the "Sharing" function from the unit menu.

Sharing your unit location with other people

You can always find information on setting up and working with the features in our documentation at the link