With modern technology, it is very easy to share your live location with your mobile phone. You can share your location from your Android, or follow your family members by let them share their own location from any mobile device†
Some people even fake their location to hide things they intend to do or protect their privacy.
However, the most useful purpose of live location sharing is to protect your personal safety. There are many situations where people let you know your location so that you stay safe and others are informed about your immediate surroundings.
1. Walking in public at night
Your chances of being victimized while walking in public at night are not extremely high, but they can be higher than you expect.
According to the Bureau of Justice, men have a 37% chance and women a 22% chance of being robbed at least once or more in their lifetime. Men have an 82% chance and women have a 62% chance of being attacked at least once in their lifetime.
These chances are even greater at night, when would-be thieves feel they are using the cover of darkness.
Marking your location can help you get help much faster. Those few extra seconds can mean the difference between life and death when someone stands in front of you with a knife or gun.
There are a few good ways to set up these types of emergency location sharing.
On an iPhone, you can use the built-in Emergency SOS system to trigger a 911 call. The Emergency SOS app instantly texts all your emergency contacts with your current location.
The phone app that comes standard on Android phones has a similar function. When you use it to call 911, your phone displays your address in text and on a map so you can read your location aloud to the 911 operator.
Some other apps that can do this include:
- SMS text 911 (Android): See your location when you call 911 and automatically send a burst SMS to immediate family members with your GPS location.
- SirenGPS (Phone): Create an emergency profile so that when you activate the emergency call, first responders already know your contact information and your phone will report your location.
It is important to install these apps or prepare your phone beforehand so that you can always act immediately in case of an emergency when you are walking alone at night.
2. Never get lost while walking
Hiking is a fantastic pastime. It’s a great way to stay healthy, enjoy the outdoors and live in a spirit of exploration and adventure.
There is much to see in the wilderness. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most likely places for people to get lost.
All it takes is stepping off a path for only a very short distance, and it is extremely easy to turn around. Everything looks the same in all directions, and then panic sets in.
The sad thing about this is that modern technology makes it extremely easy to share live locations to avoid getting lost or find your way back if you get lost.
The following live location apps can help you stay on track even if you feel like you’re completely lost in a forest.
- AllTrails: This app is by far the most useful when going out into the wilderness. It helps you get information about hikes before you head out, but best of all, you can also save maps to your phone for offline use. This is useful especially when you may not be able to access cellular signals.
- thick card: This app provides 3D global maps designed for outdoor adventurers. It’s one of the best maps for planning outdoor adventures, but best of all, it offers worldwide offline access wherever you are.
- walking project: This app is made for hikers. View your live location as a blue dot on the map. And even if you don’t have a signal, you can still see your actual location. It’s about as close to a guarantee you won’t get lost as you can ask for.
- ViewRanger: This app offers a unique feature that allows you to identify mountain peaks using augmented reality. This is a great way to use landmarks to identify your position. Best of all, it works offline with off-the-grid GPS technology.
The great thing about these and other live location apps is that they can tell you where you are even if you have no idea. They can also help emergency services find you by giving you your exact latitude and longitude if you still can’t find your way out.
3. Share live location during business trips
One of the most useful ways that live location sharing comes in handy is to put your family at ease when you are on a business trip. Help your partner and children worry less by share your live location with the Google Maps app during the duration of your trip.
They just need to check their app with the link you sent and they can see your current location at any time.
It can bring tremendous peace of mind to the rest of the family when a family member travels a long distance.
There are many other ways that apps can use your live location to help you on a business trip.
4. Keep your kids on the digital line
There is nothing more terrifying than losing your small children in the middle of a crowd. This scenario is especially likely when you are in certain locations, such as a festival or theme park. It is not only a scary experience for you, but also for your children.
Make sure live location sharing is enabled on your kids phone. You can enable live location sharing via Google Maps for the entire duration of the trip, or you can use one of the many others apps that let you track your kids in real time†
Connect and protect yourself
Cell phones and apps get a lot of blame. But they can also be life-saving devices. Calling to notify your loved ones is an active way to give them peace of mind. You can take it one step further by using live location sharing to keep them informed.