8 Find-My-Friends Alternatives for Android

Share your location info with trusted loved ones

The Apple Find My Friends app lets you share your device's location with other people. However, it only works for iOS devices. Android users have several app alternatives for location sharing with people who use Android or iOS. In most cases, everyone you want to share your location with will need to install an app.

The following location sharing apps are reasonable options for Android devices, although the feature set, pricing, and sharing features vary.

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The Best Option for Basic Location Sharing: Google Maps

Google Maps: More menu; Get started with location sharing; Shared location 100 ft away shown
What We Like
  • Simple location sharing.

  • A free app that most people have on their phones.

  • Easy to use.

What We Don't Like
  • No location change-based alerts.

  • Not always precise.

  • An account is required.

You likely already have a free app that allows you to share your location with friends and family on your phone: Google Maps. Tap the three horizontal lines in the upper-left corner of the Google Maps app to see menu options, including Location Sharing.

You may need to sign in to your Google account. After you sign in, you can share your location with other people temporarily or until you turn location sharing off.

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Simplify Billing With Carrier-Endorsed Services

Carrier apps: AT&T FamilyMap; Sprint Family Locator; T-Mobile FamilyWhere; Verizon Smart Family
What We Like
  • Easy to add a service.

  • Works with your network.

  • Most offer additional features.

What We Don't Like
  • Increased mobile phone bill.

  • May require a download.

  • May only work with phones on the same plan.

You might prefer to use an add-on service offered by your mobile carrier since your carrier must identify your device's location to provide cellular service.

The four largest mobile carriers in the U.S. offer a location-sharing service that works across Android and iOS:

  • AT&T FamilyMap: $9.99 per month for up to ten lines.
  • Sprint Safe & Found: $6.99 per month for up to five devices.
  • T-Mobile FamilyWhere: $10 per month for up to ten lines. The app is Android-only, although the company offers an alternative way to share location and track iOS devices.
  • Verizon Family Locator: $9.99 per month per account for up to ten phones.
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Get Alerts, Chat, and Locate Friends and Family: Life360

Life360: Location sharing shown; Plus pricing; Menu showing Messages, Alert, and Premium options
What We Like
  • Helpful for parents.

  • SOS, chat, and check-in buttons.

What We Don't Like
  • Locations may not be accurate.

  • Requires sizable phone memory.

Life360, available for iOS and Android, offers location sharing services and several upgrade options. Their core services include the ability to set and receive location alerts when family or friends arrive or leave a location and chat within the app.

Upgrade to Life360 Plus for $2.99 per month (or $24.96 per year) for unlimited place alerts, 30 days of location history, priority location updates, and information about crime hotspots.

Upgrading to Life360 Driver Protect for $7.99 per month (or $69.96 per year) lets you track speeds and phone use while driving, detect crashes, and notify emergency services, among other features.

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Track People and Tasks: GeoZilla.Com

Geozilla: Location shown; Menu with Places, To-do List, and Chat options; Premium pricing ($19.90 per year)
What We Like
  • Location-based reminders.

  • Easy to set up and use.

  • Battery-friendly.

What We Don't Like
  • Only supports Apple Watch as a secondary device.

  • Only works within a family.

  • May not track accurately.

GeoZilla offers location sharing, in-app chat, and geofencing alerts, also known as the ability to be notified when people arrive at or leave an area.

Location-based to-do lists allow you to add and assign tasks to be completed at a specific location, such as reminding a family member to get something at a specific store.

Upgrade for $1.99 per month (or $19.99 per year) to schedule alerts, access 14 days of location history, and receive unlimited location alerts, among other benefits.

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Set Safe or Unsafe Zones: Family Locator

Sygic Family Locator: Location shown; Menu with Zone Alerts and other options listed; Premium pricing page ($18.99 lifetime)
What We Like
  • Location-based alerts.

  • SOS button.

  • User-friendly.

What We Don't Like
  • Sometimes crashes.

  • Can only add two addresses to a safe zone.

  • Locations tend to be general.

With location sharing, alerts, and in-app chat, Family Locator delivers the core features families might expect from their iOS and Android apps.

Family Locator also offers the ability to set safe and unsafe zones for notifications. When a family member enters a safe place, like home or school, or when they venture to a forbidden area, you'll know.

Upgrade from the free features to Premium for $13.99 per year to access real-time tracking, seven days of location history, and unlimited safe and unsafe zones.

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Share Your Location Short-Term: Glympse

Glympse: Location shown; Menu with Share and Request location options; Share screen with 50 minute duration shown
What We Like
  • Useful for short-term sharing.

  • Show or hide travel speed.

  • No sign-up required.

What We Don't Like
  • No option for permanent location sharing.

  • Can drain the battery.

  • Runs in the background.

Glympse lets you temporarily share your location with friends and family for free.

You can use the app on iOS or Android. The person you share your location with doesn't need to install the app. They can view your location in a browser.

As a result, Glympse is an excellent way to briefly share your location with people you don't know well, such as business contacts, acquaintances, or extended family.

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Snapmap: Location shown; Ghost Mode and map settings options; Ghost mode duration (3 hours, 24 hours, until turned off)
What We Like
  • Easy to use.

  • Use Live Location to let a friend track your location in real-time.

  • Shows things that are going on around you.

What We Don't Like
  • Not every family member or friend may use Snapchat.

  • Could be a privacy concern.

  • Only updates location when map is open, unless using Live Location.

If you, your friends, and your family members use Snapchat, you may know about the Snap Map. While in camera mode, tap the location icon to access the Snap Map, which lets you share your location and see your Snapchat friends' location.

By default, you're in Ghost Mode, with your location unavailable, until you choose to share.

Users can opt to turn on Snapchat's real-time Live Location feature so a trusted friend can see their location for a specific period of time even when the app is closed. You can pause sharing at any point, and the other person won't be notified.

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Google Personal Safety

Google Personal Safety screens.
What We Like
  • Safety checks share a location automatically.

  • Can contact emergency services for you.

  • Location-based emergency notifications.

What We Don't Like
  • Only for Google Pixel.

  • Can drain the battery.

  • May crash.

If you have a Google Pixel phone, the Personal Safety app allows you to share your location and stay connected.

It has features that can help you share your real-time location with emergency contacts, such as car crash detection, which will ask if you need help and call 911 if you don't respond.

A safety check feature allows you to set up times to confirm that you are safe. If you don't respond, the app shares your location with your emergency contacts.

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