Easily Share Your Location And Arrival Time With Groups Of Friends Using Glympse [iOS Tips]

Easily Share Your Location And Arrival Time With Groups Of Friends Using Glympse [iOS Tips]

There are quite a few apps out there that share your location data and allow you to check in at a place, like Foursquare, Facebook, etc. They’re pretty fantastic, and they let your friends see where you are at, and then come meet you.

But what if you want to share where you are going to be in a little while? What about letting your friends know that you’re on your way, and letting them track where you are, how far away you are, and when you’ll arrive at a certain location? Glympse has got your back for that very thing, and some other great stuff.

First up, download Glympse from the App Store, and let it load on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Launch it with a tap, and follow the steps to set up a Glympse account. The first button along the bottom left is the Map button. It marks where you are on the map, using your location data. You will need to enable those in the Settings app to let Glympse do its thing.

Tap on the new glympse button at the bottom, and choose a contact from your address book, Twitter followers, or Facebook friends. You can tap the exclamation mark to join or create a group, as well, which lets you define different bunches of contacts for easy glympse sending. Now, along the bottom of the New Glympse page, tap on the destination button to set a specific place (or leave blank), then tap on the message button to send some quick info, then tap the time button.

Slide the brushed-aluminum slider button to the length of time you’d like this specific glympse last, up to 4 hours. The contacts you connected to the glympse will be able to see where you are during that time period. Hit send, and your contacts will get a message with your glympse.

Pretty slick, right? Glympse is a free app, so you don’t have much to lose by checking it out.

Thanks, Caleb!

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