Live Tracking with your Phone or Tablet

iPhone with TackTracker App running Live Record Download on the App Store Get it on Google Play

You can use your phone or tablet as a live tracker using the Live Record feature in the TackTracker App for iOS and the TackTracker Recorder App for Android. To use this feature:

  • Start the app. If on iOS touch the "Live Record" tab.
  • Switch on using the slider switch at the top of the screen.

If this is the first time you are using Live Record, you will be led through a setup process to register or sign into your TackTracker Cloud account, and the app will automatically add an entry for your phone in your Trackers List.

Unless you are delegating management to someone else, you need a Tracker Right to proceed. If you don't have a Tracker Right, you will be directed to a screen for purchasing (See pricing).


Name your Track

You will be asked to provide information about your track. This controls how your boat (or vehicle) displays on the map.

Trackee name as appears in the TackTracker Player
Trackee details as appears in the TackTracker Player
Track Color used in the TackTracker Player
The type of craft you want displayed

Scroll down and touch Next...

recorder edit screen
Someone else in charge? Let them do it!

Either you manage your own tracking, or someone else is running the tracking for your races. If someone else is managing the tracking, this is where you enter the name they provided to you.

When you have someone managing your tracking, you don't need any Tracker Rights or Tokens - this is now the responsibility of the manager. If you do have a Tracker Right, this will contribute to the manager's total rights, which we're sure they will appreciate.

All you need to do is turn tracking on and off.

You can cancel this arrangement at any time and manage your own tracking.

recorder manage screen
Select Races

If you're managing your own tracking, you will next be presented with a list of races, if any, that you may add your track to. You can select more than one race if needed.

Selecting a race will add your phone tracker to the race's tracker schedule.

select race
Ready to start

This screen gives you a summary of your tracking setup. You'll return directly to this screen next time you start tracking.

Touch Start to begin recording your current location to the TackTracker Cloud.

select race

You are now tracking! The status will initially show "Starting", then progress to "Recording" when the location is known.

select race

On iOS devices, TackTracker may display the tracking dashboard - showing your tracked speed and bearing. (The dashboard won't display if you're tracking to a race.)

The speed and bearing shown are derived from the previous two track points, so will lag your current speed and bearing.

If you are using an iPhone, touch "Show Map" to see your current tracked position on the map. On the iPad, your tracked position is already visible alongside the dashboard.

Note: Tracking will continue in the background even if you leave the TackTracker App.

To stop recording, touch Back to return to the Live Record screen and switch Off.


Additional Information and Resources

As well as the instructions above the following additional resources are provided:

  • For competitors asked to track with their phones and delegate to an organiser's account: instructions, video.
  • For competitors managing their own phone tracking: video.