How does the Travel Tracker work? Does it use GPS?

We came up with the Travel Tracker so that you can travel and track your trip easily, without having to open your phone all the time. We automatically track your route by leaving behind little bread crumbs, which we call Travel Tracker steps. We do this without draining your battery. More about battery consumption can be found in this article: How much battery does the app use?.

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The different modes of the Travel Tracker (Android only)

For iOS we will work on adding GPS (and with that the different Travel Tracker modes) in the future. For Android users we built in the following Travel Tracker modes:

1. Ultra light 

Battery usage: very low
Accuracy: low
How we determine your location: Mostly your cellular signal & WiFi

When to use?

We advice travelers who visit very remote locations and have no means to charge their phone for days, to use this mode. It hardly uses any battery at all.

2. Balanced (recommended)

Battery usage: low
Accuracy: medium
How we determine your location: Mostly your cellular signal & WiFi

When to use?

This is by far the most used mode. Use it for your hiking trips, road trips, backpacking trips, etc. When you know you'll have a power resource to charge your phone that day or the next, this is mode you want.

3. High accuracy

Battery usage: very high
Accuracy: very high
How we determine your location: Mostly GPS

When to use?

If you want absolute mad details in your trip and you have the ability to charge your phone during the day, this mode is for you. 


Temporarily disabling the Travel Tracker

There can be moments where you would like to disable the Travel Tracker for a while. Maybe out of privacy considerations or when you're in the same place for a longer periode of time. To do this simply visit your trip settings and hit the Travel Tracker toggle.

Side note on the Travel Tracker: Polarsteps can't be used as a real-time tracker. Your location data isn't synchronised and updated in real-time since we don't want to drain your battery, as mentioned above.