Installing an OBD GPS Tracker

An OBD GPS Tracking device, such as the GPYes Tracket, is a plug-and-play gps tracker for all types of cars. This device will allow you to GPS track any vehicle, by connecting to the OBD diagnostic port.

OBD GPS Tracker connector and port shown
OBD GPS Tracker connector and port shown.

This device is can be used with many vehicle types as most vehicles post 2000 come with an OBD port from factory.

Installation is very simple and easy compared to traditional vehicle GPS monitoring devices which require wiring.

OBD diagnostic port which the GPS tracker plugs into
OBD diagnostic port which the GPS tracker plugs into.

This device has been used in a variety of applications; from logistic, enterprise fleet, insurance, passenger transport, automotive mortgage and rental, 4S dealers through to automotive manufacturers

Installing a SIM card

If you have purchased a GPYes gps tracker, you will already have a SIM card installed.

sim card for tracker
sim card for tracker

If you need to install a SIM card, you will need to correctly orientate the SIM card as it will only work in a certain way. The GPS tracker must be powered off when installing/removing a SIM card, as it can be damaged if the unit is powered on.

Ensure that SIM cards are inserted the correct way

If your GPS tracker will not power off, removing the case shell and disconnecting the battery is an option. However, the recommended way is to allow the battery to fully discharge over time, whilst disconnected from a power source.

Inserting a SIM card into a GPYes Tracket – a 4G GPS Tracker.

OBD gps trackers can have the following methods seating SIM cards:

  • Push click, where the SIM is inserted and then clicks when it is in place. You can then press it to release it.
  • Slider. The SIM card will need to be slid forward, or backwards and then lifted up, when a SIM card be placed in the mount
  • Holder. The SIM slips straight into the clip. There are no mechanisms.

Locating the OBD Port

The OBD port is commonly located in the driver or passenger cabin footwells, anywhere from the knee down towards the feet. It can be tucked behind the trim, in the glovebox, or any part of the dash.

The location of the port is dependent on the make/model of the vehicle

Figure left: Locating the OBD port. Figure right: OBD port in vehicle dashboard.

Installing the OBD GPS tracker into the port

  1. Park the car and ensure the engine is switched off.
  2. Connect the OBD extension cable to the tracking device. (Ignore this step if you are not using an OBD extension cable)
  3. Align the OBD connector of the device with the engine diagnostic port and simply push in place, ensuring the device is securely connected.
    The device will only go in one way due to the shape of the connector
  4. Affix the tracker to your windshield in a position which will not obstruct your vision, routing the extension cable in the grooves of your dashboard trim so it is neatly out of the way
Windscreen mount option: Plug the OBD GPS tracker into the extension cable, route it to the window and affix to the windshield.

Turn the Vehicle on and wait for GPS lock

Once the tracker is installed into position, you can turn the vehicle on and let it sit for 1minute, allowing the GPS tracker to obtain a lock on the gps satellites overhead.

gps signal lock
GPS Tower sends/receives signal.

The length of time in which it takes to obtain this lock depends on the devices time to first fix (TTFF).

Without this 1 minute wait, the tracker may not be able to report your location correctly for 2-5 minutes.

From this point forward, your tracker should obtain signal a lot quicker, as it does not have the initial task of locating itself; it has a reference point.

Log into your GPS Tracking System

Now that your device is on and receiving satellite co-ordinates, you can log into your GPS tracking system.

If you are using the GPYes Tracking Portal, you can find that here:

GPYes Tracking Systems web portal.