Do I need Wi-Fi to use the Tractive GPS tracker?

No. You don’t specifically need Wi-Fi to use the Tractive GPS tracker. However, the smartphone on which you’re running the app, does require an internet connection - this connection can come from Wi-Fi or cellular data on your phone. 

A Wi-Fi connection offers an added benefit known as a Power Saving Zone. So if you do have Wi-Fi at home or at work, a Power Saving Zone will help significantly with boosting the battery life of your tracker. Want to learn more about Power Saving Zones? Check out the How-To Guide here.




The tracker itself does not require an internet connection. It calculates its GPS position then sends the information over its own cellular network connection.

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The phone or tablet on which you're using the Tractive GPS app requires an internet connection (either via Wi-Fi or mobile data) to ensure you receive updates in real-time.


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Power Saving Zone feature

This feature works by detecting your Wi-Fi in order to boost battery life. 

Note: If you don't have WiFI at home, or your Wi-Fi coverage is patchy, you might consider purchasing a Tractive Base Station. The Base Station functions as an independent, mini Wi-Fi network specifically for the Power Saving Zone feature

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