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Glympse for Android

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out of 5 votes

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  • Date Added:
    Nov. 26, 2011
  • Price:
    Free; Requires Android phone

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Editors' Review


Glympse is a brilliantly conceived mobile application that lets you share your real-time location via SMS, email, Twitter, or Facebook. It's a useful, easy-to-use tool that doesn't require you to sign up, create any profiles, or invite contacts.

Imagine asking a friend to meet you at a new restaurant in your neighborhood. With Glympse, you wouldn't text her the address; you'd merely send her a Glympse of your current location, and with a tap on her screen, she'd navigate her way there. Or if you're not yet at the restaurant, you might send her a Glympse showing it on a map, as well as your real-time location as you make your way there. There are so many possibilities with such a powerful, location-aware application.

The Glympse app is clean and refreshingly simple to use. To get started, launch the app, hit Menu, then Send a Glympse. Next, input a phone number or e-mail, or choose to share a Glympse with Facebook or Twitter. Set the duration (anywhere from 10 minutes to 4 hours). And that's it. For the allotted time frame, your contact(s) will be able to view your real-time location on a map, from a mobile device or desktop browser. If you're on the move, you can also input your destination, so your contact can see where you're headed.

For those who routinely use Glympse to transmit a location (e.g., children with eagle-eyed parents), the app includes a nice Favorite feature, which saves the recipient(s) of your Glympse, duration, and destination, all for easy sending later. The app also comes with an optional home-screen widget, which puts Favorites, Glympse History, and Send Glympse functionality right on your home screen.

One thing users should know is that Glympse eats battery life voraciously. But considering it continuously transmits real-time information, that should be expected.

Overall, we think Glympse is an incredibly useful download that has the potential to become incorporated into many of our daily routines. Try it out for yourself, and see if you and your friends start saying, "just Glympse me."

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User Reviews

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4 stars

"Fantastic app with one glaring flaw..."

August 20, 2015  |  By Recovering_Techie

 |  Version: Glympse 1.32


Glympse lets you send your location to a person or persons of your choosing via text message or email. Nobody else can see it, so it's not the invasion of privacy that some reviewers complained about. Once the recipients click on the link they can "watch" your vehicle as it heads down the road.

Glympse does a fantastic job of tracking exactly where you are, in real time, including the direction your vehicle is pointed and the speed at which it's traveling. You can actually "see" that a vehicle is parked, backing out of a space, heading back onto the road, etc.


The one drawback is that you're limited to four hours of time, after which the glympse expires. Granted, four hours is more than enough for most situations, but I drive up and down the east coast and it would be great to be able to send a glympse to friends or family and let them track my progress. As it is, I have to remember to stop somewhere and send another glympse (or set of glympses)because time expired. Eight hours would be a lot better and would cover most long distance drives. Ten hours would be fantastic.


To summarize, it does what it's supposed to do and does it well. It's great when you're driving to visit friends or relatives and they know your ETA and can plan accordingly. And my grandkids have a great time watching my car move across a map as I get closer. But there really should be the option of a larger window of time.

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5 stars

"great when you need it"

August 14, 2013  |  By cake_2go

 |  Version: Glympse 1.32


Fast and easy


Only so many situations where you can use it.


Had this app when it first came out but couldn't find much use for it, the other day I was panicking, because I needed an app that could do exactly this. Guess I should have kept it.

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1 stars

"Did not ask for it, forced on me"

February 24, 2012  |  By kmacdowe

 |  Version: Glympse 1.32


If you want your phone to track and report everywhere you go then you might like it.


Giving this one star because it showed up on my new phone asking to be updated. I NEVER asked it be on my phone. I do not like having apps forced on me.

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5 stars

"Don't leave home without it"

January 10, 2012  |  By Harold_Mann

 |  Version: Glympse 1.32


Intuitive, fast, free and useful.


Limitations are really in the phone, not the app.


We use Glympse all the time to coordinate meetings with attendees coming from different locales. If we move, we can alert everyone immediately, and if someone is late, we know where they are, when they will arrive, and if traffic is an issue. Great app.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.32
New* Added support for Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)* Added support for Google TV* Fixed rotation issue on tablets running Android 3.2* Updated Facebook* Other fixes/improvementsRecent* Reply Glympses: Click the user bar or choose Actions from the menu to reply to a Glympse you a viewing.* Street view: See what is around the person you are viewing.* Improved destination picker: Navigate to friends or their destinations.* New alerts: Get notified when someone sends you a Glympse.
Publisher Glympse
Publisher web site http://glympse.com
Release Date December 03, 2011
Date Added November 26, 2011
Version 1.32
Category Internet Software
Subcategory Social Networking Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Android 2.1/2.2
Additional Requirements Compatible with 2.1 and above.
Download Information
File Size 1.79MB
File Name External File
Total Downloads 1,938
Downloads Last Week 9
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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