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  1. Arties Towing

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    Hello,

    I'm looking to track our phones and tablets on the android/google map in the account section. Not sure if I'm in the right spot to ask, but here it goes.

    I know how to find or track a phone or tablet on Find Your phone, but how do I see multiple devices at the same time? the Iphone lovers here, love pointing out the Iphone does the same as android, but with out having to select a single device, they can see all devices instantly and all at once. Am I missing a setting or something?

    Can anyone help?
     

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    Install G+ app from google play store in all devices.
    Create circle in all devices and add each others in circles.
    Activate sharing location in settings of the app.
    To see location.
    Open G+ app>menu>locations tap here.
    Select the person and tap on the name.
     
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    iPhone users have the app "find my iPhone" which isn't the same as Android Device Manage which is where I assume you are finding the devices on your account.

    If you want to track devices on your account, it's usually an app from your carrier called 'family finder' or 'family locator' or 'family spying-on-my-kids' ;) but those are almost always a pay service (and wholly unnecessary).

    You can simply use Google+ as long as the person your sharing location with is G+ as well. You open the G+ app and select menu>location>share location and choose who you want to share your location with. This only works one way, so even though you share your location it doesn't automatically share the recipient's location back to you. And, you can share with anybody, not just those on the account.
     
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    Thanks for the replies. I should of probably mentioned that I need to view these devices from a desktop computer, using Windows 7/10 Does Google+ have that capability? I did find several apps with just phone to phone family circles and stuff, I just need to get a desktop in on the action.

    thanks
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    Sure, it works on anything that can access G+. :D
     
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    Great!! Thank you!
     
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    I might be missing it, I got the app DL to a phone, made an account in G+ and found the Phone, followed it, dropped it in a circle and started to look for seeing it on a map.

    There instruction on how to view locations for Android, Ios, and mobile web. The closest I could think to view it on a desktop was mobile web and it says "You can't view your friend's locations on mobile web just yet. Please use the Google+ app."

    Am I missing something?

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    Whoever you are trying to locate must give you specific permission to track them, so you have to send them an 'invite' to be located and they must accept it before you can see their location.
     
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    I set the permissions for location sharing to on, and search for the phone using the desktop. I'm assuming it must take time to register since they are both new accounts. In the mean time I was looking for the map to view my circle once I get it populated and I couldn't find it.

    When I try to search people, the search field switches from people to explorer. I'm just hoping the phone turns up after it resisters.
     
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    Ok, I got the desktop following the phone and visa verse, then put in a circle. Only the phone asked to share location with the desktop. I don't see anyway to allow sharing of the desktops location. But that isn't really needed. I need to see the phones from the desktop. Still not sure how to find the map that shows the phones from a desktop computer.

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    In a desktop computer you can't find a location using G+ app .
    There is no location button in desktop,
    In the G+ app menu.
    G+ app>menu>locations.
    To find location in a computer.
    Use same google account.
    Use Android device manager
     
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    Ok, Glad I'm not crazy. Back to my original question. Tracking multiple Android devices on a map using GPS while using a desktop windows based computer.

    Thanks!
     
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    Thanks, I did look at several third party. I was hoping to use the built in GPS stuff from Android. The third party stuff annihilates the battery. The Iphone lovers cant pass up showin that Crapple has multi device tracking built in, I was just hopin I missed it.

    Looks like I'll have to go with a third party.

    Thanks everyone
     
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    To be fair, so does Android with G+, just no desktop component.

    Good luck.
     

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