App Review - Let people know where you are

Dr Richard Harkness finds the mobile phone app Glympse useful for work and home.

The details

App name: Glympse

Price: Free

Area: Location sharing

GP rating: 5 out of 5.

We have all been there. You're on your way to a meeting but running a bit late, or perhaps you're doing a few essential errands around town before heading home.

The trouble is, you can spend lots of time taking calls from people asking where you are and how long you'll be - whether it be your colleagues or your family.

Sound familiar? If so, the solution to your problem is a fantastic app called Glympse.

Use on any phone

Glympse is available on all makes of mobile phone, so it doesn't matter which mobile you have.

Nor does it matter which phone the recipient of your message has. In fact, they can use Glympse via the internet on a desktop machine if they don't have a phone to hand.

Location sharing

So what does Glympse do? It allows you to share your location in real time with anybody, for a period of time of your own choosing.

Once you have downloaded and installed Glympse on your mobile phone, there are a few things you'll need to do, but don't worry, the design is beautifully simple. First, you need to agree to allow Glympse to use your location. Next, let it access your contacts and finally, I'd recommend checking in the settings that there is no automatic posting to Twitter or Facebook.

To send a Glympse, simply hit the 'Send Glympse' button, then add the contact or group of contacts (which can be stored for future use). Next, set the time you want to allow them to see your location and hit send.

It's that easy. They can receive the invite via text or email. All the recipient has to do is click on the link to see where you are.

I think this app is stunningly simple, yet incredibly powerful and useful. I strongly recommend you try it. Oh, and did I mention it's free?

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