Google Maps, Find My Friends and Life360: Which Tracking App Works Best? | WSJ
Google Maps, Find My Friends and Life360: Which Tracking App Works Best? | WSJ

(energetic percussion music) – According to this, he
should be right here. – [Joanna] So what’s happening here? Well, that’s me. And that’s my friend Aldo. No, really, his real name is Aldo. I checked his Costco card and everything. I don’t know who you’re thinking of but this Aldo is an
actor who sometimes likes to hide around town and help
me test location sharing apps. – Yeah, it’s great. My whole life people have
been adding a W to my name. Like it’s so funny. – [Joanna] Anyway, Apple’s Find My Friends location sharing and Google
Maps and an app called, Life360, have become very popular amongst groups of friends and families. They all work similarly. You share your real time
location with a person and maybe they share it
with you and then you can see each other on a map, right down to the specific address. Yes, it can be very, very precise. Creepy? Absolutely. But there are some good
reasons to use these. And if you’re convinced, which ones best? That’s why Aldo’s here. Wait, where’s Aldo? (classical music) Aldo, has an iPhone on him with those three location sharing apps. I requested his location
through each of the apps and he accepted. He also has the ability
to turn location sharing with me at any time. But before we get into
which one works best let’s consider why you
may want to track someone like Aldo or why you may
consider someone tracking you. I have two reasons. Number one, meeting up. Whether you’re meeting a friend in a park or at a restaurant, you
can see your whereabouts instead of texting back and forth. Google and Apple let you limit
the sharing of your location to different periods of
time, say an hour or two. Or you can choose to share indefinitely. Number two, safety. People use these services
to make sure friends have gotten home okay in a cab or Uber. Parents use this with kids of all ages. Focused on families, the Life360 app has features for tracking new drivers. Of course, there are plenty
of reasons not to track. Notably, you give up your own privacy. And also, you can get
anxious when the tech doesn’t work right. Also, stalking, yes, the list goes on. If you decide to share your location, make sure it’s with
someone you know and trust. Okay, so which one is the best? Test one, standing still outside. Let’s see which of
these let’s me find Aldo outside the easiest. So all three of them seem to
have him in the same place. Guess, if I bear to the left
here sort of by the water. Winner of test one, Found you. – Never. – Apple and Life360. They plotted him faster
and more precisely. Test two, on the go. But what happens when Aldo
is in a car or a horse. Each of the apps update
location at different intervals. If you have Apple’s app open
it will refresh every minute. When Life360 is open, it
refreshes every three seconds. Making it way easier to keep tabs on a moving vehicle or animal. Yep, he’s coming in across
Central Park south right now. Winner of this round, Found ya. Life360. Life360 and Google also
show you the remaining battery percentage of the
person you’re tracking. Sadly, Apple doesn’t. Test three, inside a building. Yep, Aldo decided to go to work today. The GPS can get close and give you an idea of what indoor location someone is in. But often it puts them
right outside it on a map. According to all three
apps, he should be standing right here in the middle of 47th Street. Winner, none of them. They all plotted Aldo in
the middle of the street. Your decision should really
come down to privacy policies and what phone you have. Apple’s policies are the best. It retains your location
data for just two hours. Google, not so much. It requires that you enable
a setting that let’s Google keep a record of every place you’ve been. It can use this data to
show you more targeted ads. Google does offer a tool
to auto delete this data. Life360’s policy says your data could be used for advertising and there’s no way to
currently delete your location data from it’s servers. If you’ve got friends and
family with iPhones and Android phones go with Life360. I found it to be better and
faster than Google Maps. If you’ve got an iPhone and
friends and family with iPhones, go with Apple’s Find My Friends. Or what’s going to be
called, Find My in IOS 13. I’ve decided to use Find
My Friends with some of the closest people in my life. Which basically now makes me Aldo. (classical music)

63 thoughts on “Google Maps, Find My Friends and Life360: Which Tracking App Works Best? | WSJ”

  1. redrocks says:

    WSJ, how is it that you are so clueless about Google's election interfering and search engine manipulation that you can actually promote these leftist hacks?? Seriously, are you that clueless??

  2. mc88dx says:

    Great review

  3. unvascorriendo says:

    uhmmm dream tool for a jealous partner.

  4. asa ikw says:

    More content like this pls.. 🤩

  5. Sameer Choudhari says:

    Aldo's glasses are 😂🤣

  6. Max Wiegler says:

    Its not find my friends… the app is find my

  7. SupperUpper says:

    This seems to be filmed a while ago. Wait, was it in summer, before iOS 13? Hahaha.

  8. A. Osman says:

    The best tracking app is the one thr NSA uses.

  9. felipe jannotti says:

    Just send your location through WhatsApp

  10. Vatsalya Sharma says:

    I like her style. More of her please.

  11. Ks says:

    Is this a re-upload!? Or was this just only viewable on the WSJ??

  12. Richie Grey says:

    Oh JoAnn : thank God you trust me so well I can get the location. Halloween candy, and a lot of fun😉😉🗽🇺🇸👍👏👊👩🏻👩🏻‍💻🧛‍♀️🧙‍♀️🧟‍♀️👩‍🎤(it’s only A little humor) 👋

  13. Randall Collins says:

    Life360 is great. With the wife and kids on it, I can always make sure they’re safe. And vice versa.

  14. Bruce John Shourt says:

    I love Joanna and the production quality of the Wall Street Journal’s videography crew.

  15. Vagabond Wastrel says:

    The better question is what tracking apps DON'T store data about you.

  16. mharwell1050 says:

    @1:14-I see what you did there!

  17. Madaug says:

    I absolutely loved this

  18. UK2AK says:

    Another well done video. Man I love this channel.

  19. Shahbaz Bilal says:

    She makes best videos ❤️

  20. Fowzie T says:

    That was so good to watch ☺️ well done guys.

  21. Charlie says:

    you forgot to mention the fact that Find My and Google's tracking can work in the background on iPhones and Androids respectively, without the other person to open any apps. Doesn't the Life360 requires you to have the app open?

  22. IGC Tech says:

    was this filmed near W 72nd st?

  23. Ron Kumar says:

    Mom.exe Wants to know your location

  24. Rob Potato says:

    Apple does show battery levels on iOS 13. It’s under “devices” rather than “people”

  25. xX_Telamon_Xx says:

    This is the one video I wouldn't want my parents to find

  26. UnkleRiceYo says:

    I've seen this before… re-upload?

  27. paul kelly says:

    Your clips are great

  28. Feelsasianman _ says:

    Y’all forgot snap maps

  29. surfie007 says:

    Outside the US Waldo is called Wally

  30. Aurobindo Ghosh says:

    you will hack the app, accept request for them then you will know their location

  31. Pitch Black says:

    She looks like Pam from office. Shess cute

  32. Phred Bookley says:

    Yo, man. If you stop wearing that red and white shirt…people might stop adding the "W"…

    Kidding of course. Haha.

  33. dylan t says:

    Why would I want my friends to know where I am 24/7? Ludicrous.

  34. Morahman7vnNo2 says:

    Telegram has a location sharing feature, realtime with a timer.

    I prefer it too all of these. This is one option this video missed.

  35. shawoo says:

    No more helmet cam?!

  36. ntnwwnet says:

    You can/should zoom out to see the accuracy radius of the location. When Aldo was in the building the background was slightly orange, meaning he could’ve been anywhere within that bubble. Zooming out would’ve shown the radius, Apple just puts the user icon in the center of the bubble.

  37. BRAKFAST Cop. says:

    Or just use whats app live location

  38. Chrinsj SFM says:

    When is the living with Apple Watch series 5

  39. Mich Washington says:

    I love this feature ! It helps me find my family/friends faster and I know that my family/friends are safe!

  40. G Sreedhar Reddy says:

    When I was a kid, lying to parents about where you was easy. Back then would say, was going for combined studies with friends and end up in playgrounds. This generation kids will face hard time doing this.

  41. Timothy Febrian says:

    How do you track people's location using Google Maps?

  42. A 880209 says:

    I knew that military have been working on apps that can track person inside a building via gps . Difficult part here is that gps alone won't be sufficient to track people inside a building. Maybe with data analysis company can get an approximate guess of the location based on previous visits, but whoever solves this problem I am sure Google and Facebook will make them a millionaire.

  43. Lim Zi Koh says:

    Google know where I’ve been 7 years ago

  44. Broken Arrow says:


  45. a says:

    They seriously need to stop with this extremely cheesy segment… it’s like a high school project 🤮

  46. Taj Callender says:

    It’s Find My, now.

  47. FUN DOLA says:

    i have check apple dose work well in the sense of GPS and Mapping

  48. Abdul Basit says:

    What's app live location

  49. Gilotopia says:

    I think most of the world just uses whatsapp and it's live location feature.

  50. Karan Saxena says:

    I love you joanna

  51. Siddharth Chowdary Vunnam says:

    Are they gonna take this video away? 🤔

  52. Logan Garcia says:

    Find My just added the new bluetooth feature in iOS 13 and it works much better. I know exactly where my friends are now but Life360 actually gives me a history of that now.

  53. Logan Garcia says:

    Reason 3. is trust. I have 30 people who have my location and do not care.

  54. Hi There says:

    what about zenly? Thats a good tracking app

  55. Fredrik R says:

    Me and my friends just have snapmap enabled…

  56. Yair Haber says:

    what about whatsapp/telegram location sharing features?

  57. Syllum says:

    Mission: Find Aldo

  58. Mike Wilson says:

    How did test 2 not include Google and not explain why it was excluded? Did I miss something?

  59. Kevin Davis says:

    Lol 😂, great video, thanks. 👍🏻

  60. Oscar Real T. says:

    ¶Sounds funny☻

  61. Ken Yup says:

    I like this host,her vibe is humourous

  62. Mic Rose says:

    Great video!

  63. Hyungsuk Jung says:

    Great review~!

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