Zenly, a location-sharing app between friends, has gained a lot of popularity since its acquisition by Snap, Inc. in 2017. However, it was recently announced that the app would be shut down due to Snap’s new focus on increasing revenue. If you are looking for a Free Zenly Alternative app, here is a list that could answer your privacy concerns, as well as still give you the ability to share locations easily.
iSharing is a location-sharing app built for family members and close friends. iSharing offers an array of features that are meant to give parents and caretakers peace of mind, so all location information is only shared to friends that you have approved as friends already. As a family-friendly app, iSharing does not use your location data for any other purpose than to share it with the designated friends.
iSharing offers the following features that are similar to that of Zenly:
- Real-time GPS Location Sharing
- COVID-19 case map
- Instant Messaging (Text, Photo, and Voice)
On top of the features above, iSharing also offers the following additional features:
- 90-day location history (Most other apps only offer 30 days)
- Street View integration with Google and Apple Maps
- SOS Panic Alert for emergencies
- Place alerts to be notified when friends come and go from a destination
- Driving Report that tracks dangerous events while driving
When tested on which app worked better, this blogger found that iSharing’s wide array of features far more useful. iSharing’s safety features, as well as the additional security and privacy measures make it one of the best free Zenly alternatives.
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2. Google Maps
If the location tracking part of Zenly is what is the most important to you, you might want to consider the biggest map app in the world. Google Maps has a built-in integration that allows your friends to share locations with each other.
To share your location with Google Maps, you can enter the Google Maps app, click on your profile at the right top, and then select “location sharing”. From there, you will be able to share your location with a friend or a family member for a designated time.
While Google Maps makes it very easy and accessible to track your friends’ location and will always remain free, it is very limited in its features. It won’t have the messaging features like iSharing or Zenly, and will interrupt location sharing every few hours.
Glympse is another popular location sharing app, with a distinct advantage of the ability for users to choose not to create an account. Similar to Google Maps, you can choose to share your location for a designated time, and Glympse will generate a link that you can share with your friends.
Sharing location through glympse is all time-limited, meaning that your location data will stop being shared once your selected time period is over.
On the flip side, however, if the constant 24/7 location sharing and tracking is something you were interested in from Zenly, Glympse might not be a solution for you, as you will have to renew sharing location or you won’t be able to see your friend’s location until they share it.