AngelSense: Thoughtfully Designed with Special Needs in Mind
We can tell that a lot of thought and love went into making the AngelSense GPS tracker.
AngelSense’s features directly address the challenges kids with special needs and parents face every day. Check-in features let you reassure your child throughout the day, the wearables that come with the device keep your kids comfortable, and the location accuracy shows you when they get home safely.
Have a child without special needs?
They can still benefit from AngelSense’s features like wandering alerts and GPS tracking accuracy.
Data effective 11/13/2019. Offers and availability subject to change.
Other than price and contract, there isn’t much difference between AngelSense’s three subscription plans.
Each plan comes with key features:
consistent location updates.
The big difference boils down to commitment. The monthly and annual plans cost less but require a year-long contract.
The month-to-month plan doesn’t require a contract, but it costs more and requires an activation fee.
AngelSense sends location updates to your phone frequently, leveraging 4G tracking for reliable accuracy. The number of updates also change depending on the GPS mode.
AngelSense sends location updates every 10 seconds during Runner mode, every 15 seconds when your child is in a familiar place, and every 30 seconds while they’re in transit or an unknown location.
Great for Kids Who Ride the Bus
These periodic updates make AngelSense a fitting choice for bus-riding kiddos. You can get alerts for surprises like unexpected stops or places, an ETA when they leave, or a late departure notice. If they took the wrong bus or a different route home, you’ll get their location in near real-time.
The Wandering and Runner alerts are especially helpful if you have a child with autism or special needs. AngelSense sends a notification to your phone when your child leaves or enters a place like their school, the store you’re in, or your home. If your little ones tend to wander off in a crowd or hide right under your nose, then you’ll know when AngelSense knows.
AngelSense has two-way voice communication, a pretty standard feature for a kids’ GPS tracking device. But the automatic pickup feature makes it stand out.
Automatic pickup doesn’t require your child to answer for you to speak with them. You call, and they’ll hear you. There are a couple of downsides, though.
You get 60 voice minutes for calls every month, but you can buy more through the AngelSense app as needed. And depending on how your child wears their AngelSense tracker, audio might sound muffled under clothing.
It’s also a unique GPS tracker because of its listen-in feature. This one-way voice button lets you listen in on your child’s environment. If you’re concerned about wandering or bullying, you can check in to make sure your kids are okay.
When you know you’re near your child and still can’t find them, AngelSense emits an audible alarm that makes them easy to find. We recommend this feature for big crowds or kids who like to hide.
You can also set a hot button to contact first responders. With a one-touch message, you can reach a trusted group like teachers, family, friends, or emergency services to enlist help finding your child. Set teachers and admins as contacts to help keep tabs on your child at school.
What’s in the Box
AngelSense tracker sleeve
Five magnetic fasteners
Wall charger and USB cable
It’s common for kids with autism or sensory issues to have trouble with clothing. Whether it’s texture, fit, or feel, a simple t-shirt or pair of pants can cause severe discomfort. AngelSense took this into account when they designed wearables for the device.
AngelSense is the only kids’ GPS we reviewed that put this kind of thought into their tracker. You can choose from one of three types of wearables to keep your kids comfortable and in view.
Magnetic pins keep the AngelSense device in place. Much like those you’d see at a department store, these pins can only unlock with a magnetic key. These fasteners keep your kids (or others) from removing the AngelSense tracker from your child’s backpack, pocket, or other clothing and accessories.
The AngelSense belt is helpful for kids who have trouble keeping shirts, pants, or other articles of clothing on. It buckles like a regular belt and fastens with a pin to secure it on your child during the day.
We also like the undershirt with a pocket in the middle of the back. This placement makes it hard for your child to tamper with the device, especially when the pouch is pinned closed.
The AngelSense service staff employs parents of special needs kids to help you with your questions. You can share your own experiences with them or get insight from their family when you contact them with questions.
When we tried the live chat, we connected with a supportive rep who answered our questions quickly.
The AngelSense FAQs page can answer questions you have about the device while the resource page connects you with counselors, independent living experts, and other resources that can help you provide care for your child.
Data effective 11/13/2019. Offers and availability subject to change.
AngelSense Review FAQs
What is AngelSense?
AngelSense is a GPS tracker for kids. Its features are designed with special needs children in mind, specifically those on the autism spectrum.
How does AngelSense compare to other kids’ tracking devices?
Like the Trax G+ and My Buddy Tag, the AngelSense tracker uses GPS technology to send your child’s location to an app on your phone. But AngelSense is geared towards kids with special needs like anxiety or autism.
How much is AngelSense?
The equipment costs $229, but AngelSense launches frequent promotions and discounts throughout the year.
When you sign up for an AngelSense tracker, you’ll need to select a payment plan too. You can pay $52 per month for a month-to-month plan, $39 per month for a 1-year contract, or pay up front for an annual plan at around $500.
Does AngelSense offer financial assistance?
AngelSense can connect you with resources like Medicaid or Easterseals to make funding more accessible.
Is AngelSense waterproof?
The AngelSense device is not waterproof, but there is a waterproof sleeve available for the screenless version.
Can AngelSense work for adults too?
Yes, the AngelSense tracker can also keep loved ones with Alzheimer’s and dementia in touch. If your loved one wanders or gets lost, you can listen in with the one-way voice feature, speak to them directly, or find their location on the mobile app.
How long does AngelSense battery last?
With typical use, six days. It also comes with a portable charger to maximize battery life.
The Bottom Line: AngelSense is a Guardian for Kids of All Kinds
While AngelSense is designed with kids with special needs in mind, it can provide peace of mind for all types of families.
The carrying belt, pocket shirt, and waterproof sleeve provide plenty of options for the wearer to stay comfortable while parents and caretakers get accurate 24/7 tracking.
How We Reviewed AngelSense
To write an accurate review of the AngelSense tracker, customer service, and other features, we went straight to the source. We asked questions to one of the company’s customer service reps via the live chat on the websites. We also emailed the company directly to learn more about the most recent update of the AngelSense device and software.
We compared all of this to similar GPS trackers we’ve reviewed to get a better sense of how AngelSense stacks up. To learn more about our review process for AngelSense and other products, read our full methodology.
*Caveat: SafeWise strives to use inclusive language in all of our publications. Although we usually opt for person-first language, we found that in the case of autism, there are many opinions about person-first versus identity-first language. Although the semantic approaches may vary, we remain committed to respectful and inclusive language, and we want to hear your thoughts and questions. Please send feedback to email@example.com.
Written by Katie McEntire
Since 2013, Katie has written marketing copy, long-form posts, reviews, and blogs. She began her career as a writer and reviewer with the mission to recommend only the best products for her readers. She’s designed tests, evaluated products, and written reviews on a range of subjects such as appliances, power tools, and software. Today, she applies these research and writing skills on the SafeWise team to explore the world of home, auto, and internet security. Learn more