Current position of phone

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    jnbtcr

    Gaia GPS doesn't support this feature. Have you considered Apple's own Find My Friends app? It works online, too. The maps are a little more crude (i.e. not topo), but it works fine. Note you will always have to have a cell signal to use Find My Friends or any other app's version of it. You cant send/receive data via satellite (with an iPhone) - Not to be confused with GPS location which is available with or without a cell signal.

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    troycobb

    Gaia doesn't support this? That seems to be a huge thing to overlook. It would be a really important safety feature to be able to have someone find you if you encounter a problem while in the great outdoors. Someone needs to get busy on this.

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    jnbtcr

    @troycobb, how often do you have cell service when you're hiking?
    While I think tracking friends in the app would be cool, I do that with a Garmin Inreach.
    95% of the time I don't have cell service when I'm hiking, which means even if Gaia GPS had a tracking/location sharing feature built in, it would not work without something like an Iridium GO! ($650+) plus monthly service.

    I'd prefer that the dev team works on improving the track, route, map, folder organization over adding a feature that would be cost prohibitive to most people.

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    Ashli Baldwin

    Hi guys,

    That's correct - even if we implemented location sharing, it'd require an internet connection to use. It's simply a limitation of what cell phones can do.

    Not to say we'd never add a feature like that -- but there are other devices that can do it better.

    One thing we recently tested out was GoTenna. That'll let you do short-range communications (usually less than a mile) to another person with their own GoTenna, and it lets you share location too.

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    ruckup08

    I'd like to throw a vote in for a position sharing as well. I use gaiagps for hiking, hunting and off-roading of which I am a member of several clubs. I get the argument about needing cellular signal for it to update near real time but I often hunt in places that have decent coverage and knowing the position of my hunting partners would be an awesome feature. When off-roading although it's often spotty I can get signal as I top ridges, etc. Even a old last known position is better than none if someone is looking for you. It could be time stamped. I agree there are other devices that are purpose built for this but I don't have them....I have gaiagps and love it by the way and promote it every chance I get. Thanks for what you do and building such a powerful tool.

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    blalonge

    +1, I also get to hike, bike in regions near Montreal where cell coverage is excellent and I would like to share my positions with my friends or wife.

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