Backitude GPS Location Tracker

Backitude GPS Location Tracker

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Backitude is a light-weight and efficient Android 2.2+ application designed to capture the location of your device at configurable time intervals or whenever the position is served up by the operating system from another application. No added bulk for Maps interfaces. Keep your resources free and your battery full. Send, sync, or import your locations into your own mapping system of preference.

Create your own back-end and host your location data. Share it in real-time with friends and family. Here are some other user's examples:

Use Backitude to provide the data!! Run this application and automatically improve your Google+ location accuracy and your Google Location History accuracy and rate!

The GOOGLE LATITUDE API shut down on August 9, 2013 which means Backitude lost the ability to sync locations to Google. (previously, it's only purpose)

Backitude has since been in a process of re-invention to offer users a continuous location detection application (Configure once, enable, and leave running forever!) with the capability and flexibility to sync location data to any number of destinations including: Custom server URLs, on-board internal memory in form of KML or CSV files, SMS relay, and more!

Detect your location and configure what URL you would like to send it to. Or, store it locally as kml and open using any Mapping software capable of loading kml files.

Backitude can detect locations using GPS, Wi-Fi network locations, and/or cell tower triangulation locations. The location detection and data transmission can occur seamlessly and silently in the background of your device. It allows the user to control the updating frequency and accuracy constraints, and allows you and your friends to locate eachother via SMS.

Offline Storage is available to save location values when a data signal is not present, or you decide to save your data usage and upload in bulk at a future time. Sync can initiate when signal becomes available again, or only once connected to a Wi-Fi network, or by manual startup only.

Minimum accuracy constraints and fall-back options ensure that you are only collecting location data you desire to keep. Polling timeouts ensure that you are not wasting battery life trying to achieve an accurate value when GPS or location signal is not available.

Backitude can run at varying time intervals dependent on Mode which is automatically detected: Docked mode for connected to a power supply, Wi-Fi mode for connected to a Wi-Fi network, or Standard mode in any other situation. Backitude is most efficient when no interval is selected and the application relies on "Push Updates" via SMS and Location "Steals" instead of timed polling. "Steals" are location values that are served up by the OS from other applications, such as if the user opens Google Maps and the OS determines the location, Backitude will identify and utilize the data. "Push Updates" will trigger polling via SMS.

Widgets help change settings or operate location detecton on the fly without opening up the settings menus.

With all the new options for sync'ing your data- Backitude will surely have some bugs to work out. Any problems, please contact me at

New features will be added coming soon as this is the most I could develope with the short notice from Google. If anything else, this is a great app to use as a Lost Phone Tracker. Just enable SMS Push Update with SMS reply, add a secret suffix so not just anyone can find out your location, and let it sit idle until the day when you lose your phone and need a means to track it down, with GPS accuracy.

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Recently changed in this version

New features
* Import and export your configurations, open as attachments, download as custom URI from website
* Kml export fixes, export in real-time as .current file. automatically closes and converts to kml the next day.
* Added close KML file function
* SMS Reply for international, bug fixes
* Added import/export in Extras
* Sync to custom server url via HTTP GET now also.
* Bug Fixes

Ask about:
Dynamically build prefs files for your users on your website complete with login credentials.

Comments and ratings for Backitude GPS Location Tracker
  • (72 stars)

    by Rareș Mihai Popa on 14/05/2014

    The app works fine as long as I have an Internet connection. The offline saving feature does not seem to work. Also, the save to CSV feature also stopped working. I've also set the update to run every 15 minutes, but it still updates every 30 minutes, unless I use the phone between and during the updates. Could be an issue with Android 4.4.2.

  • (72 stars)

    by Chad Thompson on 10/05/2014

    Extremely well designed and flexible app. Only addition I'd request is the ability to publish hourly geocode info to a text or email rather than just a http push.

  • (72 stars)

    by akash Shameem on 05/04/2014


  • (72 stars)

    by Marcos Agaiby on 05/04/2014

    Highly underrated app for ultimate GPS savings. I leave GPS on constantly and this app takes care of the rest so it doesn't drain battery when on WiFi.

  • (72 stars)

    by Amber Whitaker on 29/03/2014

    It makes my latitude actually show my correct location everytime. Latitude is useless for me without this app. Before, it would show, me miles from my actual location. Love it!

  • (72 stars)

    by Steven Lawler on 06/03/2014

    Is it possible to have CSV also save altitude? Dropbox or gDrive integration would be great (with device name option for KML and CSV). Otherwise this app is perfect! I'm still giving 5 stars regardless.

  • (72 stars)

    by Markus Friese on 19/02/2014

    But: Being able to save kml AND csv at the same time would be nice.