Some people just never arrive on time. Others do not respond to a text when you ask where they are. Unfortunately, these characteristics often reside in the same person, which is quite annoying when you are trying to find yourself.
What complicates the problem is that tracking someone’s whereabouts can get complicated if you have a group of friends or family members who have smartphones on both platforms. Most iPhone users simply access Find my Friends and don’t need to mess with anything else. There is no such option built into Android and, of course, Find my Friends is exclusive to Apple devices.
We are here to help. There are several great cross-platform options for location sharing, but I’ve narrowed it down to my three favorites that you should be happy with. Here they are not in a specific order, so you can install it immediately on the phone of your family or friend who is late.
Familo is the leading cross-platform tracking application
My favorite of the lot is Family. It looks great with a good aesthetics of Material Design, is constantly updated and runs the risk of overusing the mantra “it just works”, which says it really applies here.
The easy part is that you can sign up by connecting a phone number to the app. It is not necessary to login with a username / password, Facebook or some other social network.
After creating a group, you can invite others by SMS or email, and they can join your group and control when the virtual light is on for you to see them. Another interesting feature: just touch a contact and, with a touch, get directions directly to your location with Google Maps.
You will see the ability to see when someone arrives or leaves a defined location; just wait for the shipping alert instead of constantly monitoring it. I also liked the option to select a location like “home” or “office” and receive a notification when that contact gets there. The application also offers a version of Android Wear, perfect for sending a message or your location to another member of your network.
Familo has a good pace of development, but if you want to live on the edge and test new features, take the beta version. Otherwise, check it out and see if it matches your fantasy.
While I liked Familo the most, you can’t go wrong with GeoZilla. This application is also multiplatform and I found it very reliable and accurate every time I tried it.
GeoZilla differentiates itself with a strong connection with other social networks. When you check in somewhere with Swarm or Facebook, it can be transmitted to all your contacts and networks. The integration with other services is always pleasant, but it seemed that many extras were launched at the same time.
GeoZilla also offers a very elegant location history, which can help you retrace your steps if you are trying to remember what you did on a particular day or need to help resolve an argument. As with Familo, you can invite others to a circle to make sharing location easier.
While the app is free, a premium subscription offers unlimited circle members, location alerts and location history for every day. It will cost $ 1.56 per month. You get a free month every time you invite someone to sign up.
If you want a proven option that’s been around for a while, check out Glympse. This app is especially ideal for groups of friends or office contacts who want to temporarily share each other’s location. You can offer a “Glympse” of up to four hours at a time.
Glympse is more about temporary sharing; therefore, it is not ideal if you want constant access to your child’s or spouse’s location. But it does offer some of its own advantages in other areas, such as a dedicated app for sharing your location of a car and even one Glympse Keyboardwell, if that’s what you like. You can even send a share link to someone, so they can track your location on the web without having to install the app.
O Android Wear the integration is quite powerful, as you can search for someone’s location and receive Glympse notifications on your watch. It works well for a quick look, but if you want to browse the larger area of the map, you probably want your phone.
Long ago, there was a dearth of options for Android users when it came to location-aware apps (my previous favorite, Cabin, dried up). Now, there is a very solid field and, with the worldwide growth of Android advancing, this should only continue. The other big name in space is Life360, but I found the free version very limited, which leads to a $ 5 monthly subscription. It is also a huge loss of battery charge, while there was no major loss of charge associated with my top three favorites.
But try it yourself, as everyone’s needs will be different. Gathering everyone on time can still be a daunting task for your family, but at least you’ll know where they are.