Do your kids want to trick-or-treat with friends this year? Perhaps they want to go to a friend’s neighborhood across town. Letting them go without you could feel scary, but it doesn’t have to. While calling or texting are valid options, chances are they will be too busy snagging candy to respond to your messages right away. You have some options:

App #1: Life360

The Life360 app integrates location and communication on iOS and Android devices. The app does include a messaging feature, but rather than waiting for your kids to message you back, you can simply look at their real-time location as well as their location history. If you have preprogrammed specific destinations into the app, then you will receive alerts when they arrive and leave. You can also set up emergency alerts, so you’ll be notified if they need help.

This app constantly tracks your kids’ locations, so it has been found to use a lot of battery life. A quick fix could be to change the real-time location interval, so it does not constantly track location.

App #2: Glympse

Glympse works on iOS and Android devices. Glympse stands apart from Life360 because you don’t have to install the app on your phone to keep track of your kids. Once you install the app on their phone, you can enter your phone number or e-mail address to track their whereabouts. A link will be sent to your contact information and you can open it on your web browser whenever you want to check on them.

This app will not continuously refresh your child’s location, so it does not use as much battery life. However, you will have to update their location manually by clicking on the provided link.

App #3: Trusted Contacts

Trusted Contacts also works on iOS and Android devices. Like Life360, this app will give you a general idea of the battery life left on your child’s phone. It will also let you know when your child was last active on their phone. Though you can use real-time location with this app, it will use up battery life. What’s different about this app? You can request their location. If your child does not respond to you within a certain timeframe, like five minutes, then the app will automatically share their location with you, even if their phone is offline.

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