Tractive GPS Mobile Application Permissions (Android) - Why we need them

In order to use the Tractive GPS mobile app for Android, you must give the app certain permissions. These permissions allow us to use your phone's features to offer you the best GPS tracking experience possible. The app has access to the following:


  • find accounts on the device
  • add or remove accounts

This is where we save your user account once you log in.



  • find accounts on the device
  • read your contacts

This is used to retrieve your Tractive GPS account for login and synchronization on your device. Contacts are also used in case you want to share the device with a friend or family member. You can deny that permission on Android 6.0 devices on the sharing screen.



  • approximate location (network-based)
  • precise location (GPS and network-based)

This is used to show you your location relative to your pet's in the app map view.


Photos/Media/Files + Storage

  • read the contents of your USB storage
  • modify or delete the contents of your USB storage

These permissions are required in order to upload and store photos of your dogs and cats on your phone.



  • take pictures and videos

This permission is only necessary if you'd like to take a picture (Android 6.0).


Wi-Fi connection information

  • view Wi-Fi connections

We use this permission to determine if you have a valid WiFi connection (so that we can show you a warning in case you do not).



  • read sync statistics
  • read sync settings
  • use accounts on the device
  • create accounts and set passwords
  • toggle sync on and off
  • read Google service configuration

These allow us to synchronize your data with our backend and are used to save your account details.

  • receive data from Internet
  • view network connections
  • full network access

These are basic internet permissions required for basic functionality of the app.

  • pair with Bluetooth devices
  • access Bluetooth settings

Using these Bluetooth permissions, we can enhance the quality of the GPS device.

  • draw over other apps

This permission is used for the device activation. 

  • control vibration

This enables vibrations with notifications from the Tractive GPS app.

  • prevent device from sleeping

This permission allows us to prevent your device from going on standby, anytime you are on the map screen of the app tracking your pet.

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