In a nutshell
How does it work?Location Of uses a cellphone's GPS and Google Maps. It consists of two parts, the website at locationof.com and the software on your mobile phone called My World. As long a person leaves the application running on his or her phone, the app will submit the live location of the phone to the website, enabling others to watch. As soon as the application is closed, no more updates will come in.
What do I need?To use Location Of to submit your own position to the system, you will need a cell phone with an internet connection (ex. 3G or Wifi). Also, you will need a GPS receiver, either separately or built into your phone.
If you want to watch someone elses whereabouts, you will only need their username (and their permission, if they have enabled private mode), and a supported browser installed on your computer.
To get started you need to install the My World GPS Tracker application on your phone.
The app will use your phone's GPS chip to get your current locations as you move around and either save them to your phone, or submit them to the website in real-time (live).
In the application, you will be asked to set up an account by providing a username, password and your email address. Please beware that entering a valid email address is important, since your address will have to get confirmed.
After creating an account, the app will try to determine its first GPS location and submit it to the system. This may take some time, depending on what phone model you have.
Please note that GPS reception indoors is minimal and not recommended. (See: Best Practice)
After your first location has been submitted, a map page will be automatically created for you here on the website. You can log in on the website using the same username and password you created in the app on your mobile, and customize your profile, avatar and settings.
After that, you're all done. Just send the link to your map page to your friends and family and go out. Remember to start the application whenever you start a journey, and exit whenever you arrive at your destination.
The app explained
Hover the image below for detailed information on each section of the app!
Offline Mode: GPS Tracking outside of network reach (On holidays and abroad)
Note that you must restart the app in Online Mode to submit saved data; You can not access stored information on the device directly or export it any other way (due to technical design).
Flags: What are they and how to use them
Here's a proper example:
Customize your marker, add an avatar
Best Practice: Create good, pretty and functional tracks
Take a look at the following examples:
If your phone has internal GPS, make sure to enable all positioning methods except for bluetooth, as you will not be using that. For new phone models, also ensure to set the power consumption of the application to High and Enforce High Accuracy enabled from within the GPS settings in the application itself. This will not work on older phone models.
On the phone, go to:
Control Panel -> Settings -> General -> Positioning -> Positioning Methods
For phones with internal GPS, make sure all methods are selected except for Bluetooth. On phones without internal GPS, enable Bluetooth, WiFi/Network and Network Based only.
Control Panel -> Settings -> General -> Positioning -> Positioning Server
Make sure ' supl.nokia.com ' is filled in, and make sure 'Default Network Connection' is set to your default internet access point. Make sure 'Allow When Roaming' is set to 'Yes'.
Here's some advice for particular situations:
Best Location On the dashboard right under the windshield (front-window).
Best Startup 30 seconds before entering the car in open air.
Best Location On the dashboard right under the windshield (front-window), or, as a passenger, close to the left or right side windows of the bus.
Best Startup 30 seconds before entering the bus in open air.
Trains and Airplanes
Best Location In the left or right window of the vehicle. On (large) planes, any row in front of the wings (far from the jet-engines).
Best Startup Far prior to boarding the vehicle. Chances of the device detecting new satellites on board are minimal, though it will keep track of those found before boarding. For airplanes, start the application in Offline Mode and make sure to switch the entire phone to Flight Mode before taking off. Submit your tracks by restarting the app in Online Mode once landed.
Bikes, bicycles, walkers, skiers (Any outdoor sports)
Best Location Utmost outer layer of your clothing.
Best Startup Any way will do as long as the device stays in outside air with view of the sky above.
Indoors, in buildings
Best Location None. Do not run the application inside a building or when not moving.
Best Startup None. Running a GPS tracker indoors is useless.