What is the difference between default and LIVE Tracking?

The Tractive GPS tracker has two different tracking modes which can be used at any time:

  • Default Tracking with location updates every 2-60 minutes.
  • LIVE Tracking with location updates every 2-3 seconds.


Default Tracking Mode

From the moment you turn on your Tractive GPS tracker, it will begin to track in the default tracking mode.

In default mode, your tracker and pet's location is updated in the app every 2 - 60 minutes, depending on the activity level of your pet. To conserve battery life, updates are sent less frequently when your pet is inactive, and more frequently when your pet is on the go.

When battery save mode is enabled, position reports will be sent approximately every 10 minutes.

Despite fewer location updates, your tracker is constantly checking whether the Virtual Fence has been breached. If your pet leaves the Virtual Fence, the app will notify you according to your notification settings.

Click here for help setting up your Virtual Fence(s)

The image below shows the Tractive GPS app in default tracking mode:




LIVE Tracking Mode

By clicking on the LIVE button in the top right-hand corner of the map, LIVE Tracking will be activated. A white or blue light on the GPS tracker will be activated and you will begin to see the real-time location of your pet updated in the app every 2-3 seconds. 

The frequency of location updates in LIVE Tracking is not impacted by the use of the battery save mode.

The image below shows a LIVE Tracking session in the Tractive GPS app. The path of your pet in real time is illustrated by a pink line:



Note: LIVE Tracking is automatically disabled after 5 minutes of use to conserve battery life. To extend the LIVE Tracking timeout beyond 5 minutes, click here.


Is it possible to manually set the location update time?

No, at this time, it is not possible to manually set the tracker to update it's position at a specific time interval, besides what is already mentioned above using battery save mode.

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