If you’re like me; someone whose parents get super-worried if you miss their phone calls when it gets late and you’re on a night out with your friends. You have a smartphone and want to keep them updated with your live location even when you somehow miss their calls. And you want to do that without spending 15 bucks a month, installing some spy app or jail-breaking your phone. Then, this simple free solution might be exactly what you’re looking for.
iDeviceTracker is a simple web-app that I coded over the weekend, that allows you to track any iCloud activated iphone/ipod/ipad using just a web browser. The code is freely available here.
Just follow the instructions here and upload it to Heroku (they have a free plan), then access the application via a web browser, add up your device’s iCloud credentials there and you’re good to go. You can give this web address to your parents where they can check up on your location in case they’re unable to reach you.
IMPORTANT: Be sure to enable the Find-My-iPhone feature along with Wifi/3g on your device before you test everything out.
BTW, Here’s how it looks.
PS: If you’re installing it on a host other than Heroku, make sure they have curl installed and the following file permissions added.
chmod 777 devices.php
In case cURL isn’t installed, here are the instructions to install it on ubuntu:
sudo apt-get install curl
sudo apt-get install php5-curl