- 12-27-2012, 07:53 AM #1
My wife and I just switched from Android phones to Windows 8 phones. We were using Google Latitude to see one another's locations. (We both have long commutes and want to make sure we're ok without calling all the time.) Is there a similar app or functionality for WP8? Hoping it works better than Latitude. Tried gMaps but that's even worse. We also tried FourSquare, but I'm not sure if that's going to do it or not. Checkin locations seem wrong or slow to update. Aren't there apps specifically made for this?
I know I can check my own phones location by going to windowsphone.com; but, isn't there an app that does the same thing for multiple phones?
Last edited by Dave_97865; 12-27-2012 at 08:19 AM.
12-27-2012, 09:28 AM #2
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If you're on the AT&T Network, they offer FamilyMap.
Can't see any apps. I think there's a security restriction in the OS that only allows you to find your own phone.George Ponder
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- 12-27-2012, 09:38 AM #5
12-27-2012, 09:49 AM #7
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You'd figure by now they would have this down pat. But no we have to tell them what to do. My wife and I use find my friends just because you never know when some psychotic ***** may do something stupid. They should already have this as an OS integration. We have drones roaming the skies, but no simple share my GPS location settings with so and so! Really! We must be heading back to the dark ages. IOS 6 is dead on the money for us though. Just wish I could use find my friends on my 8x.
- 12-27-2012, 10:26 AM #9
Well, I have Verizon. I see some apps that seem to imply they do it. Reviews for them all are mixed, so I'm trying to find a good one.
For instance, there is WiseFinder, which says it updates the phone's position, but only when you login, but it says it can do it in the background, but that requires "Mango". Which I don't know if it works on my phone. Also, it apparently uses just GPS, which consumes more battery, instead of wifi hotspots to get the position.
I'd think an app like this would be pretty basic in the app lineup.
- 01-03-2013, 11:17 AM #11
Just to followup, I tried Glympse and several other apps and nothing works like Google Latitude. They all need the user to manually set their location. If this is an intentional security restriction setup by MS, then I disagree with their approach, since the user of the phone knows and has full control over whether to turn it on. When I'm late for work or diverted I'd like my wife to be able to check on where I am and vice versa. I hope MS corrects this problem.
- 01-04-2013, 06:47 PM #15
I bought gMaps Pro, mostly for street view. Latitude seems to pick up only the last location registered by an Android phone (or PC possibly). gMaps/Google said it doesn't do secondary hops. My wife's location is 3 weeks old.
I guess I just need to forget it, since apparently MS says location info is too much for us to handle.
- 01-04-2013, 07:18 PM #16
Ms did published some app for wp7. The biggest problem for this type of app is privacy concern and law suits. That's just a bees nest no one want to touch. You can use find my windows phone feature to locate other family member but it is not easy to use.
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01-04-2013, 07:23 PM #17
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Since you both have a WP8 an alternative that may work as a stopgap is to setup your My Family on the Windows Phone site. After that you can go, from your phone, to the Windows Phone page, select the phone you wish to find, and select Find My Phone. As long as their phone is on (is my understanding) it will show their location.
A stupid thing to have to do, but thought it may help.
- 01-04-2013, 09:15 PM #19
This might not be the perfect solution but you can text each other your location. There is an option to do that within the texting menu. Just go to attachments and then tap on location. I guess this is Microsoft's solution for sharing your location.
- 01-25-2013, 07:44 PM #20
MorbidFun, Hi, I'm just trying to navigate the Windows Phone website in order to add a family member and it only allowed me to add a kid. So I went ahead and added my wife as a kid since I saw no other option. Then AFTER that I had the option to add a parent. But naturally I then had to remove her as a kid first. Then it takes me to links that have screenshots instead of actual pages. It's funny. Naviagation on that site is completely bonkers.
But bottom line is, it's true, I can just login as my wife on WindowsPhone.com to see her location... awsome 'security'. Her telling me her password so I can see her location is no different than her giving me permission to see her location with an App, which is what Apps for other phones already do.
In response to others' comments about security...
One fantastic 'security' feature I've seen is that weeks after leaving windowsphone.com I openned up Chrome and it let me right in under my own account. Another great 'security' feature provided by MS with my work email is, when logging out of our web based email, come back to it later, it lets you right in again without a password. Yeah MS is really secuirty conscious (sarcasm).
But I Jest. MS is great. They just make me laugh sometimes.
Last edited by Dave_97865; 01-25-2013 at 07:57 PM.
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