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How to track your friends and family on Android

Derek Walter | March 11, 2016
Make the 'where are you?' text a thing of the past with one of these location-sharing applications.

GeoZilla also offers a pretty neat location history, which could help you retrace your steps if you’re trying to remember what you did on a certain day or need to help settle an argument. Just as with Familo, you can invite others to a circle for easy location sharing.

While the app is free, a premium subscription gives you unlimited circle members, location alerts, and location history for every day. It’ll cost you $1.56 per month. You get a free month every time you invite someone else to sign up.   

Glympse

If you want a tried-and-true option that’s been around for a while, then check out Glympse. This app is especially ideal for groups of friends or office contacts who only want to temporarily share one another’s location. You can offer a “Glympse” of up to four hours at a time.

Glympse is more geared towards temporary sharing, so it’s not ideal if you want constant access to your child or spouse’s location. But it offers some of its own advantages in other areas, like a dedicated app for sharing your location from a car and even a Glympse keyboard, well, if that’s your thing. You can even mail someone a sharing link so they can track your location on the web without ever installing the app.

The Android Wear integration is pretty powerful, as you can look up someone’s location and and get Glympse notifications on your watch. It works well for a quick glance, but if you want to browse around at the larger area on the map, you’ll probably want your phone.

It wasn’t long ago that there was a dearth of options for Android users when it came to location-aware apps (my previous favorite, Cabin, has withered away). Now there’s a pretty solid field, and with Android’s worldwide growth marching along, this should only continue. The other big name in the space is Life360, but I found the free version too limiting, which pushes you to a $5 per month subscription. I also it to be a big drain on battery life, whereas there wasn’t any major drain associated with my top three favorites.

But try them out for yourself, as everyone’s needs will differ. Getting everyone together on time may still be a tall task for your family, but at least you’ll know where they are.

 

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