Tell Your Loved Ones You’re On The Way With This Simple Location Sharing App [Review]

Onmaway app

Onmaway is a location sharing app designed to let you concentrate on your travels, rather than interrupting them to tell everyone where you are.

The main aim is to cut out the dangerous habit of texting while driving. With Onmaway, you can share your location with specific individuals for a short period of time, and they can monitor your progress from any web browser.

So before setting off on your two hour drive to mom’s, you can open Onmaway, give it mom’s email address and a two-hour timeslot, and set off. The app emails mom a link, so she can monitor your progress via an online map.

It’s true that Apple’s own Find My Friends app does offer slightly similar functionality, but using Onmaway means that there’s no need for the people you’re sharing your location with to have an iDevice or an Apple ID. You can share with anyone, as long as they have a phone number or an email address.

The app doesn’t have FMF’s smart looks; in fact it’s a little plain. Once you’ve started your journey, there’s no visible sign that anything’s happening, unless you tap the “New trip” button, when an alert pops up saying you’re already on one. But the point of this app is that it’s a set-up-and-forget thing. In most cases, you don’t need to touch it once you’ve started a journey, because you’re too busy driving.

It’s a nice idea, nicely made, for a reasonable price (two dollars).

Rating: ★★★★½

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  • djgrahamj

    Sounds like a dupe of Glympse which is way better and free.

  • djgrahamj

    Sounds like a dupe of Glympse which is way better and free.

  • Jeffrey Gee

    You can also do it with Trapster and you also get the benefit of speed trap information, but the best part is that Trapster is free.  ^_^

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Giles TurnbullGiles Turnbull is a freelance writer in England. He also writes for the Press Association and The Morning News. You can find out more at his website, and follow him on Twitter @gilest.

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