I’ve been looking for an Android app that will tell me the street address of where my Wife is. I’ve tried several apps that will give me a link to a map, but since I’m totally blind, looking at a map doesn’t do anything for me.
Its not that I need to know where she is at every minute, but if she was expected to be home around 3 pm, I start to get a little worried around 3:30 or 4. Sure, I could call and ask but if there is a way to get her location without bugging her, I’d love to have it. The other reason for this is if she were to have a medical problem while we are talking on the phone, I need to know where she is so I can relay that info to 911.
I finally found an app that will do this.
Share Where – Location Sharing
There are many options in the settings of this app. For our use, my Wife and I have each entered the others phone number so that a request for location doesn’t require approval. Otherwise, if someone sent a request, you would have to manually approve it before the info was sent.
There is also an option to not show a notification for a successful request. So when I sent the code word via a text message to her phone, the process of getting her location and sending that to my phone didn’t generate any notifications on her phone.
There are a few ways of sending a request. Right now I’ve just been using the default option.
I sent a text message to my Wife’s phone with the word sharewhere in the message.
A few seconds later I got a reply that gave the name of the shopping center she was at, the street address and the longitude and latitude of where she is. There was also a link to a map.
You can choose in the settings which or all of that info is sent back for the request.
So if we were talking on the phone and all of a sudden she makes strange sounds and stops talking, I can get her address and give that info to emergency person ell.
You can also send your current location to someone by either text or email from within the app.
The app works great with TalkBack, there are a few unlabeled buttons, but not that many and I can easily label them with TalkBack.
The app is add supported but you can easily upgrade to the pro version which removes the ads for $1.19 and its easy to do that from within the app, it takes you to the play store.
Other than using the preset word of sharewhere to activate a request, you can set a custom word. I haven’t done this yet.
So if you’ve been looking for an app like this to get info of a friend or family member, give ShareWhere a try. One note, some of these types of apps run constantly in the background running the battery down as the app keeps track of your location. ShareWhere doesn’t do this. It only gets the location when a request is received or you choose to send your location from within the app.
We both have ShareWhere installed on our phones. That way she can get my location if I were the one who needed assistance. So if you are just wanting to be able to get the location for your child for example, you would only need to have it installed on their phone.
This app can also be used if you are running late and want to let someone know where you are. Another use is if you are lost and going to visit a friend, you can send them your location and a map link so they can help find you and give directions from where you are.