Most of the time you may not want others to know where you are, but there are times when it’s a good idea. You may be coming home late, and for safety reasons you want to let your family and friends know where you are.
Before, you would probably call a friend and have them stay on the line until you reached your destination. Now, sharing your location is a lot easier thanks to various free apps you can install and for free.
1. Family Tracker – GPS Tracker
While other apps may only stick to sharing your location, Family Locator – GPS Tracker also allows you to create groups called Circles. In these groups you can add those who you want to keep track of. When you first set up the app, it will either ask for a code to join an already existing circle or create a new one.
The app also offers an option where you can check in, so everyone else in the group knows you made it home. The check-in option is located at the topright of your display. By tapping on the hamburger icon followed by the battery option, you can also set up alerts when someone’s battery is low. That way you can let them know it’s time to charge their phone.
2. GeoZilla GPS Locator – Find Family and Friends
GeoZillaGPS Locator has a unique feature of its own that you just might like. It’s a battery-friendly app that aims to save you some valuable battery time. By tapping on the hamburger icon, you can also access other features such as a To-Do List where you can see what tasks have been assigned to you by other family members.
You’ll also see a chat option where you can directly message any member of your group, look at your notifications, view notification history, get a low battery alert for other members’ devices, and an Emergency option where the app will notify your contacts in case of an emergency.
3. My Location: Maps, Navigation and Travel Directions
The fewer steps it takes to get to a particular option, the better. With My Location you get to use a useful widget with your saved locations for faster access. That way you can get to your saved destinations without even having to open the app at all.
By tapping on the hamburger icon, you can also access options such GPS location where you enter your latitude and longitude according to your location. Google has nothing on this app when it comes to street view since you can also enjoy that feature here.
4. Glympse – Share GPS Location
Unlike other GPS apps, with Glympse you don’t have to sign in for an account if you don’t want to. The app gives you the option of either continuing as a guest or creating your account. Since the idea is for your family to know where you are, the app runs quietly in the background.
With Glympse, the other person doesn’t have to have the app installed to know where you are. Tap on the hamburger icon and select “Share my Location” and choose whether you want to share your location on Facebook, Twitter, or Evernote.
You can also share your location through any other app you have installed on your Android device. There is an option to only share your location for a certain amount of time. Giving out an ETA is also possible; that way your friends know when you’ll make it to the burger joint.
5. Google Map – Navigation and Transport
Google Map is an app that needs no introduction. It’s an app that practically everyone has used, and that can also help you share your location. By tapping on the hamburger icon, you’ll see a series of options, and one of those options is the Location Sharing option.
The first option you’ll see will allow you to decide for how long you’re going to share your location. Just tap on the blue plus and minus buttons that will lower or increase the location sharing time. Tap on the three horizontal dots and decide what other apps you want to use to share your location.
There comes a time when you just need some “me time,” and that’s where you don’t want anyone to know where you are. For those times when you do need to share your location, any of the previously mentioned apps can help you get the job done.
How do you share your location? Share your thoughts in the comments below.