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Topic # 223981 27-Oct-2017 10:34
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Need to choose a new mobile device for work.  I am strongly considering an S8 after a lifetime of iPhone use, but procrastinating.  The new iPhone 7 or 8 just doesn't do it for me, as much as I like iOS and the security and consistency it provides, the handsets and screens on casual observation pale in comparison to the S8 offering.  Expandable memory and a headphone jack (which I use regularly in different situations) are also dragging me towards the S8.  

 

An iPhone 10 is out of the budget, and not sure I would choose it anyway. Apple are very 'meh' these days (as my kids say).      

 

I have read the other threads on here about changing and they have been very helpful, thanks to those that contributed, some really constructive suggestions and honest feedback, and I now understanding the benefits and pitfalls better. 

 

One question I cannot find an answer to...the rest of my family is heavily invested in iOS devices and everyone else will be using an iPhone or iPad.  A big value with iOS is having the 'find my iPhone' app which we all regularly use.  Is there a way for an iPhone user to track the location of an Android user, and vice versa (providing permissions are given of course)? 

 

My Google-fu reveals both yes and no answers.  I would have thought a browser with appropriate access to the Apple or Google account would have been able to do this but apparently Apple iCloud won't work with any Android browser.  There are a couple of app suggestions but they don't look like anything I would immediately trust.    

 

Any suggestions how this could work?  Can it work?  If I can get over this barrier I think I am there. 

 

     

 

 

 

   





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  Reply # 1891196 27-Oct-2017 10:39
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You have a function similar to that on Android. You can use an Android app on another phone or find it through their Find My Device website.

 

I suggest you use one of the iOS devices and search iTunes to see if there's a version of the app for other platforms.





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You're more likely to need a Google app to do it as it's something you can get on both Android and in most cases IOS.  The reverse is not generally true.

 

 





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  Reply # 1891199 27-Oct-2017 10:42
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Could you not just head to https://www.icloud.com/#find on a PC/Mac? Or can you not view other peoples' devices on there anyway?


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  Reply # 1891201 27-Oct-2017 10:44
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Could you not just head to https://www.icloud.com/#find on a PC/Mac? Or can you not view other peoples' devices on there anyway?

 

 

 

 

He'll be able see their location with that, but it wont work the other way around, ie them see his.

 

 





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  Reply # 1891266 27-Oct-2017 11:42
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davidcole:

Benjip:


Could you not just head to https://www.icloud.com/#find on a PC/Mac? Or can you not view other peoples' devices on there anyway?



 


He'll be able see their location with that, but it wont work the other way around, ie them see his.


 



What I am looking for is mobile to mobile. Currently I can look on my phone and see where my son is and vice versa. If I change to Android can this still happen? I read that there is something that blocks an Android based browser from accessing iCloud so can’t use a web interface. Will need an app of some kind on my (proposed) android device so I can find my families Apple devices, and an app or web access from their iPhone devices to find my Android. Everything I have found to date do not appear to go cross platform.




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  Reply # 1891275 27-Oct-2017 11:53
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What I am looking for is mobile to mobile. Currently I can look on my phone and see where my son is and vice versa. If I change to Android can this still happen?

 

Well no.  As you can't get Find my iPhone/Friends on Android (well actually you - they're just named the same but don't talk to the IOS apps), ie the bit that reports your location so your family can see it.

 

You'll need to install a common app for yourself and your family.

 

https://www.cnet.com/news/location-tracking-apps/#

 

 





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  Reply # 1891300 27-Oct-2017 11:59
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https://findmymobile.samsung.com/




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  Reply # 1891301 27-Oct-2017 12:00
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davidcole:

scuwp:

What I am looking for is mobile to mobile. Currently I can look on my phone and see where my son is and vice versa. If I change to Android can this still happen?


Well no.  As you can't get Find my iPhone/Friends on Android (well actually you - they're just named the same but don't talk to the IOS apps), ie the bit that reports your location so your family can see it.


You'll need to install a common app for yourself and your family.


https://www.cnet.com/news/location-tracking-apps/#


 



Thanks, will check that out. Yes I have looked at some in the App Store but the specs say they only are compatible with iOS devices thus far. Happy to pay for something but most seem to require an ongoing subscription fee which I am not keen on.





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  Reply # 1891303 27-Oct-2017 12:02
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scuwp:
davidcole:

 

scuwp:

What I am looking for is mobile to mobile. Currently I can look on my phone and see where my son is and vice versa. If I change to Android can this still happen?

 

 

 

Well no.  As you can't get Find my iPhone/Friends on Android (well actually you - they're just named the same but don't talk to the IOS apps), ie the bit that reports your location so your family can see it.

 

 

 

You'll need to install a common app for yourself and your family.

 

 

 

https://www.cnet.com/news/location-tracking-apps/#

 

 

 

 

 



Thanks, will check that out. Yes I have looked at some in the App Store but the specs say they only are compatible with iOS devices thus far. Happy to pay for something but most seem to require an ongoing subscription fee which I am not keen on.

 

I notice my google maps has a timeline review (I'm IOS), but I haven;t delved into if that can be shared with someone else.  That may be an option.  Waze might be another - but that's a little car centric.

 

 





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  Reply # 1891306 27-Oct-2017 12:06
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https://findmymobile.samsung.com/



Great for Samsung devices, but won’t work cross platform sadly as far as I can tell.




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  Reply # 1891308 27-Oct-2017 12:07
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scuwp:
noroad:

 

https://findmymobile.samsung.com/

 



Great for Samsung devices, but won’t work cross platform sadly as far as I can tell.

 

I would have doubted even cross android.





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  Reply # 1891311 27-Oct-2017 12:09
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My IOS google maps has Location sharing as an option.   I've not played with it, but maybe that's like latitude was.

 

 





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davidcole: My IOS google maps has Location sharing as an option.   I've not played with it, but maybe that's like latitude was.

 

This is the answer if all of you use Google. I use & rely on this feature. Works very well. I even share location with family members overseas.




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  Reply # 1891321 27-Oct-2017 12:22
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davidcole:

 

My IOS google maps has Location sharing as an option.   I've not played with it, but maybe that's like latitude was.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nice idea, but appears to be something that requires an active action by the user to send their location to someone else.  I could just text them and tell them where I am, but looking for the reverse...I want to be able to see where someone else is without them having to proactively activate anything at their end.  

 

I am sensing a cross-platform app is going to be the way to go, but can't find one (yet).  

 

 

 

 

 

      





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IcI:

 

davidcole: My IOS google maps has Location sharing as an option.   I've not played with it, but maybe that's like latitude was.

 

This is the answer if all of you use Google. I use & rely on this feature. Works very well. I even share location with family members overseas.

 

 

yeah but easier to add google maps to iphones that some other random app to all.  Since presumably the new android will use google maps by default.





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