Use cross-platform location sharing apps
Use cross-platform location sharing apps to get together or send an alert
Find My Friends is a great app, and a clever use of location Services, but it has one drawback: it’s Apple-exclusive.
Perhaps one day this won’t matter, but while people insist on using non-Apple smartphones, you’re going to need a cross-platform solution to meet up with your kids or friends.
The first, and perhaps most obvious, port of call is Google, whose Trusted Contacts app is available across iOS and Android phones. Contacts added to its list can request your location, and you’re free to refuse. If your phone is out of signal range or its battery isn’t charged, your last known location is shared.
Google’s Hangouts instant messaging system also supports location sharing, as does Facebook-owned messenger service WhatsApp.
So, whether you’re trying to get a group of friends with disparate devices together for a meal, or discover which part of the shopping centre your Android-toting children are in, there are several choices for cross-platform location sharing.