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. Sep 21, 2012 at 22:57
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    "Daunting", indeed. Handy, though.
    – offby1
    Sep 22, 2012 at 0:22
  • Yeah, it does take a bit of getting used to. The internet is your friend.
    – SaintWacko
    Sep 22, 2012 at 6:31
  • "Tasker can do that" is like "Use jQuery" over on Stack Overflow. The go-to answer.
    – ale
    Oct 3, 2012 at 23:15
  • @AlEverett - Well, if it works, and is the best option, is there anything wrong with that?
    – SaintWacko
    Oct 4, 2012 at 12:51

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. Jun 22, 2018 at 17:09

It looks like there are several apps that purport to do this. Two that I found are:


Life360 will notify you when anyone leaves or arrives from locations you set. You can create two locations for free.


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


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, 2015 at 5:17

I know the question is old, but Google now let's you share your location directly from Google Maps.

In Google Maps go to Account -> Location Sharing. You can share the location for a set amount of time or until you revoke the permission.

For the notifications you can use IFTTT recipes (you don't need to have the app on the phone).

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