Great number of applications require permissions to be able to work on the certain device, may that be the location of the user, network connection and users details. Some application need permission which violate the user privacy and work. But to be able certain application to work on the device we are installing a GPS tracker, the user needs to give permission and agree to share the data and details needed.
Best application with smallest required permissions are:
Mobile Phone Tracker:
Free android tracking application that can allow you to inspect SMS messages, calls and track location remotely. You can view the location of your friends and family for free on your single gmail account. Use the most secure server, on your Gmail account, to store and read personal data.
With the word to word service and information of SMS and call details you can find, track down the phone device without the use of GPS only WIFI.
Intercept messages and read all inbound and outbound text messages and message details like date, phone number and contact name.
You can trace log of incoming and out going calls and see the number, date and time and contact name.
Available for free on Android to trace your family members, friends and coworkers.
There are small amount of permissions needed for this application to work, like for example device identity, contacts permission to be able to read the contacts of the phone, precise location permission which will be used to determine the accurate location and show it on the map, SMS and phone call permission needed to able to read phone calls and SMS messages, storage permission that will enable the application to write and delete files from the USB storage media and device id and WIFI Internet connection connection as well as permission to run at start up.
Free Lost Phone Tracker:
This little free application developed by PlanB is used to find your lost phone. You download and install the app and it will turn on the GPS and start finding the location automatically. It will keep updating you about changes of your location via email or SMS message which you can change in settings tab.
You get one message when you start the application and five more when it starts tracking and location logging. Each location logged and sent to an email will have accuracy rating in meters. The free phone tracker starts automatically or in some case there is a confirmation need via SMS message.
All the information and data is sent to associated Gmail account.
Some of the permissions required for this application to work are: identity of your phone, contacts permission to be able to read contacts, phone calls and SMS permission for reading calls and messages, precise GPS location using your Internet connection and access to phone status and network.