InstaMapper GPS Tracker FAQ

Contents:

What is Insta-Mapper?
How does it work?
Can I embed my location on my own website?
Can I retrieve my location in JSON?
Can i retrieve my location in XML?
How do I use Insta-Mapper?
What if I lose signal?
Can I store my route on my phone?
Can I track my company vehicles in realtime?
How much data will the app use?
How does this affect my battery?
Is it all really free?
Will this App be available on BlackBerry?
Can I request features or changes?
Can i remote stop / start the app via sms?


So what is Insta-Mapper?

Insta-Mapper is a free GPS tracker app for iPhone/Android Devices, which runs in the background and logs your route. Whether you're cycling to work, climbing a mountain, or even driving across europe, the app logs your every move with realtime tracking to our website where not only can you view your route, but best of all it allows friends and family to track you in real-time.

How does it work?

The app runs on your mobile phone and uploads your location using your mobile data network in real-time to our website...it's that simple.

Can I embed my location on my own website?

Yes! Visit our API Guide for more information

Can I retrieve my location in JSON?

Yes! Visit our API Guide??for more information

I want to retrieve all my devices in my account with Json?

Yes! Visit our API Guide??for more information

Can i retrieve my location in XML?

At the minute no, howeverif you require this feature, then please contact us or mention it in our forum.

How do I use Insta-Mapper?

Firstly, sign up to our website! You need the account to link the App to your phone.

Then go to "Manage Devices", create a device and give it a name - taking note of the device id. You will need to input this in to your phone.

Thirdly, Download the app on your phone via the market store/app store. Search for "Insta-Mapper"

Finally, open the app and enter the Device id you created in step 2 -

That's it! your App is now linked to our website. Run the app and have a play about.

What if I lose signal?

We have that covered - if you are travelling through an area with no signal, then insta-mapper will hold the locations it's recording. Once you've picked up a signal again, service will resume and back track your locations so nothing is lost.

Can I store my route on my phone?

If you wish to, yes - but remember - the service automatically uploads your route to our website anyway. The choice is yours. If you decide to save the route, you can then extract the route from your phone into google maps or other applications.

Can I track my company vehicles in realtime?

Absolutely, and it's cheaper too than most tracking systems. Use our Multi Realtime Map to track all your devices/vehicles in one go.

Cost wise, you will need a cheap android/iphone device with a mobile data sim contract. Some network providers can provide you with a data only tariff to keep your costs cheaper, but if your team have company devices, then it may be best to use them!

Just install the app and set it to "auto run".

How much data will the app use?

The average transmission of your location is very small - 500 bytes.

In real world terms, for you that means 2,000 transmissions per 1MB.

The app uses very very minimal data so you needn't be unduly concerned with going over your data allowance. Just remember though, it's your responsibility to keep an eye on your network data usage.

How does this affect my battery?

Anything that uses GPS can give your battery a bit of a hit. Every device is different, so we can't gauge an exact figure but once you have the app running regularly you will begin to get a feel for how much battery it uses.

Is it all really free?

Yes it is! Most sites charge for the service but we are giving it away for free. Running this service does cost us money however, so please feel free to donate if you feel this service benefits you to keep us going! A ??5 donation keeps our servers running for another week, so every pound makes a difference.

Will this App be available on BlackBerry?

At present, we have no plans to launch this on BlackBerry due to the low market share BlackBerry now holds, but never say never! If you really want to use this on a BlackBerry drop us a message or post on the forum so we can gauge an idea how much demand there is.

Can I request features or changes?

Contact us via our contact us page, or sign up to our forum! If you want us to add a new feature to Insta-Mapper, let us know. If you don't tell us...it may never happen!

We review every request as we strongly believe a good app is one that works best for every user. Let us know your ideas and we will review them, we ALWAYS respond to our feedback, as we feel it is the foundation of our entire product.

Can i remote stop start the App via SMS?

Only on android and it is only supported in version's prior to Android 4.4 , does not work in IOS.

When Androids new Kitkat 4.4 OS was released it has disabled the possibility of this features, however it still works for any version prior to that.

To start the app text GPS_IM_ON
To stop the app text GPS_IM_OFF
To trigger an update text GPS_IM_UPDATE

Also you have to ensure that Remote SMS is enabled in the settings menu.