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Does anyone know of a way to automatically send a notification when I arrive or leave a location?

For example, I'd like to send a notification to my wife whenever I leave the office.

Does anyone know of a service that would do this? I'd prefer something stock/Google over some home-brew app, but I'm interested in hearing what's out there. I'm not really interested in a foursquare type of thing where I earn badges, it's more for communicating my location with one or two people.

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Tasker can have approaching/leaving a location as a trigger, and sending a text message as an action. I've read before of people setting it up to do exactly what you're asking for.

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    Excellent, thanks. I own Tasker but found it a bit daunting and never really set much up. I'll give it a shot and post results. – EnemyBagJones Sep 21 '12 at 22:57
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    "Daunting", indeed. Handy, though. – offby1 Sep 22 '12 at 0:22
  • Yeah, it does take a bit of getting used to. The internet is your friend. – SaintWacko Sep 22 '12 at 6:31
  • "Tasker can do that" is like "Use jQuery" over on Stack Overflow. The go-to answer. – ale Oct 3 '12 at 23:15
  • @AlEverett - Well, if it works, and is the best option, is there anything wrong with that? – SaintWacko Oct 4 '12 at 12:51
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It looks like there are several apps that purport to do this. Two that I found are:

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Install IFTTT app into your phone. Create a IFTTT recipe (www.ifttt.com) that runs IF "Android Location" (you enter/leave an area on map) THEN "Android SMS" to a phone number. Theoretically it sounds easy. I am just about to test it how it works in practice :-)

Here is a ready IFTTT recipe as an example. Message your partner when you leave work https://ifttt.com/recipes/158448-message-your-partner-when-you-leave-work

  • IFTTT is probably not a good alternative. I tried it, creating recipes to do just ask you ask -- send an sms to spouse when leaving work. The recipe would trigger, but it would trigger anywhere from 1 to 4 hours after I left the geographic location. Apparently their polling is not spectacular (or they have too many users/recipes for their current servers to handle). I'll be deleting the app and giving tasker a try. It might be more difficult, but it doesn't rely on a web server polling your phone when it has a few free CPU cycles. – nightdenizen Jun 22 '18 at 17:09
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Life360 will notify you when anyone leaves or arrives from locations you set. You can create two locations for free.

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You can try the GPS share app. It is simple to use and does exactly what its name says.

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You can try IFTTT (IF This Then That)

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    Please read How do I write a good answer? Answers here are supposed to be detailed and I don't see any detail here. Consider an edit and mention the usage of this app to achieve the goal in question. – Firelord Oct 29 '15 at 5:17

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