Bluetooth Tracker: Review & Recommendations

Welcome to our big Bluetooth Tracker Test 2020, where we present you all the Bluetooth Trackers we have tested in detail. We have put together detailed background information and also added a summary of the customer reviews on the net.

We want to make your purchase decision easier and help you to find the right Bluetooth Tracker for you.

You can also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer you interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should pay attention to if you want to buy a Bluetooth Tracker.

The most important facts in brief

  • Bluetooth trackers are small technical devices that can determine the location of your valuables using a Bluetooth connection with your smartphone.
  • The tracker uses the GPS of your mobile phone and shows on an app the covered paths of the Bluetooth Tracker, up to a range of 100m.
  • Bluetooth Trackers are mainly used to find valuables such as your keys or wallet, but you can also track your car or pet.

Bluetooth Tracker Test: Favourites of the editorial staff

  • The most popular Bluetooth tracker
  • The optically best Bluetooth Tracker
  • Das beste Bluetooth Tracker-Set
  • The best packed Bluetooth Tracker

The most popular Bluetooth tracker

The brand musegear® is a very popular choice when it comes to Bluetooth trackers and is often bought. This is mainly due to the long battery life of the Bluetooth tracker. The tracker runs up to one year without you having to change the CR2032 battery.

For the tracker there is an Android and iOS compatible app, which is translated into four languages. The Bluetooth Tracker also has a smartphone search function and can find your phone within a range of up to 50m. The tracker also notifies you when this range is exceeded.

There is also a loop on the Bluetooth Tracker so you can easily attach it to your backpack or keychain. You can also use the included adhesive tape to place the tracker on an object.

The optically best Bluetooth Tracker

This Bluetooth Tracker from Evershop stands out due to its stylish design and is therefore also ideal as a gift. It is not only a visual eye-catcher, but also distinguishes itself through its many additional functions.

Besides the classic Bluetooth tracking via app, you can also use this Bluetooth Tracker to search your smartphone or activate the crowd search. The app is compatible with iOS and Android.

In addition, the Bluetooth Tracker has an integrated rechargeable battery, which can be used for up to 8 months without recharging. With the LED function, you can easily find your valuables even in the dark.

Das beste Bluetooth-Tracker-Set

The Tile Combo Set includes everything you need to never waste your time searching for your valuables again. This 4-pack includes two classic and two extra-thin Bluetooth trackers.

The two extra-thin Bluetooth trackers even fit in your wallet or can be attached to your laptop, while you can also equip other valuables with the classic trackers.

These Bluetooth Trackers feature smartphone and crowd searches so you can quickly locate different locations using the user-friendly Tile app. The trackers are powered by lithium metal batteries, which are included.

The best compact Bluetooth tracker

The Bluetooth Tracker from BEBONCOOL is particularly small and therefore very unobtrusive. With the corresponding app, which is compatible with iOS and Android, you can quickly and easily find your valuables and store them in E

The app also records the last location where the tracker and your phone were last disconnected and sounds an alarm if the tracker is out of range.

Depending on your smartphone, up to 6 or 12 different Bluetooth trackers can connect to your mobile phone and the corresponding app. So you can equip all your valuables with Bluetooth trackers from BEBONCOOL.

The button battery that the Bluetooth Tracker uses has a life of up to 6 months and can easily be replaced with a new CR2032 battery.

Advisor: Questions you should deal with before you buy a Bluetooth Tracker

What is a Bluetooth Tracker?

A Bluetooth tracker is a small technical device, usually in the form of a pendant, which allows you to locate objects and thus, for example, to find lost items via Bluetooth connection. Usually there is an app for the device that you can download to your phone.

Bluetooth Trackers come in many different shapes, sizes and designs, so there is a Bluetooth Tracker for every application.

What is a Bluetooth Tracker used for?

A Bluetooth tracker is a versatile tool and can help you in many different situations. Mostly the tracker is used to find valuables in case of loss. With it, you can quickly avoid hours of tedious searching for your front door key.

You can put the Bluetooth Tracker in your wallet or attach it to your bunch of keys, so they are well protected against theft.

Many people also use Bluetooth Tracker to monitor their car or pet. The latter is especially popular with dog and cat owners, as it allows you to quickly find your pet if it runs away.
With the help of Bluetooth Trackers you can also track the paths of your child or those of people in need of protection. But be aware of the applicable privacy policy.

How does tracking via Bluetooth work and how do I establish a Bluetooth connection?

Bluetooth tracking works by usually installing an app on your smartphone or software on your computer to match the Bluetooth Tracker.

The necessary tracking program is provided by the manufacturer of the Bluetooth tracker and is usually compatible with Android and iOS devices.

Some apps require you to pay monthly tracking fees, so please read the product description carefully before buying.

Then connect to the tracking device and to your Bluetooth enabled phone. You can usually do this in your phone’s system settings.

The GPS of your smartphone is now used for tracking and shows you on the map of the app where exactly the Bluetooth Tracker and thus also the valuable object is located.

Meanwhile there are different Bluetooth versions, so you have to check if your phone is up to date.

How much does a Bluetooth Tracker cost?

A Bluetooth tracker is a relatively inexpensive tracking device. You can buy a usable Bluetooth Tracker for as little as 5 Euros. However, these usually have a low battery life or the app or tracking software is of poor quality.
To buy a high quality Bluetooth Tracker, you need to invest at least 15 Euros. There are also Bluetooth Trackers with additional functions such as theft protection, self-timer or LED lighting. For these models, you should plan on investing at least 25 euros.

Where can I buy a Bluetooth Tracker?

You can buy a Bluetooth Tracker online or in various electronics stores.
You can also buy a Bluetooth Tracker from special security technicians or locksmiths, and if you have any further questions, you can also ask for advice from a specialist. Some supermarkets and DIY stores also often have Bluetooth Trackers on offer.
Below we have listed some online shops where you can buy Bluetooth Tracker.

amazon.com
saturn.com
mediamarket.com
pearl.com

What alternatives are available for Bluetooth Trackers?

You can also buy a GPS key finder as an alternative to a Bluetooth tracker. This is usually more expensive, but has an unlimited range, as the device itself uses GPS for tracking and therefore does not require a mandatory mobile phone connection.

In addition, there are also key finders with noise activation, which are mainly suitable for domestic use. When you clap, for example, the sensor activates an alarm signal that guides you to your valuable object.

A classic alternative to a Bluetooth tracker is a wireless key finder, which is no longer sold so often nowadays.

Decision: What types of Bluetooth Trackers are available and which one is right for you?

If you want to get a Bluetooth Tracker, there are two alternatives you can choose between.

  • Bluetooth-Tracker mit Smartphone-Suche
  • Bluetooth-Tracker mit Crowd-Suche

With Bluetooth Trackers you have the choice between the search functions. Some models can connect to other phones and search for multiple people, while other models can only search for one Smarthopne.

With the following section we want to make your decision easier.

What distinguishes a Bluetooth Tracker with smartphone search and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

With the help of a Bluetooth tracker with smartphone search, you can not only locate your valuables from your mobile phone, but you can also determine the location of your smartphone if you have misplaced it. All you need to do is connect your phone to the Bluetooth Tracker.

Advantages

Two tracking functions in one Bluetooth Tracker
Quick localization of your mobile phone via ringtone and/or camera flash

Disadvantages

Bluetooth connection must always be maintained
Limited range of approx. 80m

If you want to track your mobile phone, just press the button of the tracker and it will send the information to your phone, which will then make a ring tone. Even if your phone is muted, it will be noticed and you can easily locate it.

If you opt for a Bluetooth Tracker with smartphone search, the following advantages & disadvantages may arise.

What distinguishes a Bluetooth Tracker with crowd search and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

A Bluetooth tracker with crowd search can use a lot of people to locate your valuable item. This works by subconsciously connecting your Bluetooth Tracker to other smartphones that use a tracking feature.

They then send current information about the location to the server, which in turn tells you the location you are looking for.

Advantages

Very precise localization through several connection points
Very fast localization through several connection points
Relatively high range through the connection of several devices

Disadvantages

Limited range up to approx. 80m
You always need a crowd
Questionable nature of possible access to position data (of the valuables and the tracker) by third parties

With the crowd search the location can be determined even faster and more clearly. If you choose a Bluetooth Tracker with crowd search, the following advantages & disadvantages may arise.

Purchase criteria: You can compare and rate Bluetooth Trackers based on these factors

The following section should help you find the right Bluetooth Tracker for you.

The criteria you can use to compare Bluetooth Trackers include

  • Bluetooth-Version
  • Locating signal
  • Reach
  • Water & dust protection
  • Power supply, battery & battery life
  • Dimensions, Weight & Design

In the following paragraphs we will explain what is important for each of the criteria.

Bluetooth-Version

Bluetooth is a radio standard for the wireless transmission of any data. Since the development of Bluetooth in 1990, there have been constant updates and newer, improved versions.

The most common Bluetooth trackers connect to version 4.0 and later.

Exactly for which devices the tracker is suitable is usually specified by the manufacturer. The latest Bluetooth version is available since June 2016 is the 5.0 version.

Locating signal

The tracking signal may be different for Bluetooth trackers depending on the model. In general, when tracking your valuables, you will see their location on a map in the app. This app accesses the GPS using your smartphone.

In addition, most trackers sound an alarm signal as soon as a tracking operation begins. This is usually an alarm tone up to 80D. However, some models also have an LED indicator that flashes or lights up continuously during tracking.

With Bluetooth trackers with smartphone search, your phone will sound your pre-set beep, even if your phone is muted.

Reach

The range is limited with Bluetooth trackers. Usually the Bluetooth connection is 80-10 […]

This means that if your phone is too far away from your Bluetooth Tracker, the Bluetooth connection will be lost and you will not be able to locate your valuables.

With Bluetooth Tracker with Crowd Search, if the range is insufficient, the tracker simply connects to another smartphone that has the tracking app installed. Thus, the location can be quickly located by several people with a range of more than 100m.

Water & dust protection

Some outdoor Bluetooth trackers are water and/or dust protected. These are particularly suitable for hiking, cycling or tracking your pet.

How robust and waterproof your Bluetooth Tracker will ultimately be depends on the IP ratings. This IPX index is a guideline of how much water an electronic device can withstand without problems and is usually specified by the manufacturer in the product description or packaging.

Power supply, battery & battery life

Bluetooth Trackers are either battery operated or have a built-in rechargeable battery. The battery operated trackers are usually cheaper models, as the lithium-ion battery is usually not included in the purchase.

Because of the flat shape of the trackers they are mostly button batteries, for example CR2032 batteries. Battery life varies depending on the model, but should last at least up to 8 months.

The Bluetooth trackers with integrated battery are usually a bit bigger, have more weight and are a bit more expensive. A battery charge usually lasts at least 2 and maximum 8 months, but this varies greatly from manufacturer to manufacturer.

You can recharge the battery with the micro USB cable, which is usually included.

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Micro USB Kabel

Dimensions, Weight & Design

Bluetooth trackers are usually small and flat objects that are also very light. The most common dimensions of a tracker are 4cm x 4cm x 1cm.

However, some models are also larger, while other models are more compact and therefore ideal for the wallet or key ring. In addition, these trackers weigh about 15 – 65 grams, so they are very light and well suited for mobile transport.

There are Bluetooth trackers in many different shapes, colors and patterns. The most common variants are monochrome black, grey or white.

But there are also colorful Bluetooth trackers with cheerful patterns and colorful design, which are well suited for children. The design has no influence on the functionality of the Bluetooth Tracker, so you can choose a model that suits your personal taste.

Trivia: Worth knowing facts about Bluetooth trackers

What technical interference can affect the location of my Bluetooth Tracker?

A Bluetooth tracker may not function properly if the Bluetooth connection between the smartphone and tracker is interrupted in any way. For example, if Bluetooth is turned off, the Bluetooth version is not compatible with the tracker or other apps block access.

It is also possible that with increasing distance the locating process takes longer and may eventually be interrupted.

Furthermore, the Bluetooth connection usually breaks down in underground buildings, for example in underground car parks. Dense forests or rooms with many technical devices can also trigger interference signals so that the Bluetooth location no longer works.

What legal guidelines do I have to observe when using a Bluetooth tracker?

Your private valuables, such as your key ring or wallet, can be safely tracked using Bluetooth Tracker. However, if you want to track the location of other vulnerable people, you need their permission.

Even if they are your children, they must be informed in advance that they will be monitored.

Otherwise, secret tracking of persons constitutes a criminal offence and may be prosecuted.

Because a pet is legally considered an object, you can easily track your dog or cat and determine their location.