Life360 is a pretty interesting app. It allows you to keep track of your children, elderly parents, or other family members. Signing up and using Life360 is easy and straightforward. You can set it up on your phone and your family members’ phones in no time.
Unfortunately, you cannot use Life360 without a phone number. The signup page tells you that you must have an email address and a phone number. You don’t need any fancy plan for that number, and it just needs to be a number that you’re actively using.
Read on for detailed Life360 setup and use instructions.
Life360 Signup Guide
Signing up for Life360 is very intuitive. The web version is slightly limited, and even the developers say that you should use the mobile app. They are available for free on the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store.
The app works on iPad, iPod Touch, and iPhone devices that run on iOS 11.0 or newer. On Android tablets and phones, you need to have Android 6.0 or any version above it. Note that Life360 works much better on smartphones than on other devices.
You can follow the on-screen instructions on your phone for setup. If you prefer, you can use the web signup page for Life360. The signup process is pretty basic. You need to enter your first and last name, email, phone number, and password (as you can see in the picture below).
The signup on the mobile version is nearly the same, but you can add a profile picture as well (not necessary).
How Life360 Works
When you create a new account, the app will ask you to create a map. This map will show you your current location, as well as those of your family members when they join your in-app circle. To create one, select Create New Map, then let the app locate you, and confirm.
You guessed it, Life360 uses GPS on your device to locate everyone in your circle. Make sure to allow the app access to GPS. You will get real-time updates to your family’s whereabouts, which is priceless. The app has advanced tracking technology that makes it so great.
You can opt-in for the premium version for the added benefits, but you don’t have to. One of the advantages is added driver protection, which is very useful for teenagers and elderly drivers. To use this feature, you will need to give Life360 access to your phone (calling).
Finally, you need to give the app access to the internet because that is how you get information about your family’s location through the app.
Once you create a Life360 account, you will get a code. Use this code to invite your family members to your circle. You can have multiple circles if you want, but it is best to have everyone on the same page.
Then, you can add emergency contacts with their permission. This way, you can send help requests to your emergency contacts. Here is how:
- Start the Life360 app.
- Tap the hamburger menu near the top of your screen.
- Select Help Alert.
- Choose emergency contact.
Emergency notifications are probably the most useful tool available on the Life360 app, alongside its tracking capabilities. You can quickly inform your family members about emergencies and get help as fast as possible.
Another great feature of this app is called Places. It allows you to add locations for your family circle. These can be essential locations such as your child’s school, your workplace, a home for the elderly, etc. Here is how to add a place on Life360:
- Open the Life360 app.
- Launch the main menu (hamburger icon).
- Select Places, followed by Add a Place.
- Add the place’s address and name it.
- Feel free to edit the Place area.
- Confirm the changes with Save. This new place will appear on the Life360 map.
As mentioned before, your home location will also be on the map. You can even add alerts when one of your family members arrives at a particular site. The alerts are handy for many reasons, e.g., they let you know when your kids arrive home from school.
Stay Safe with Life360
Life360 has a lot to offer, so make the most out of it. The app has a native messaging tool, but you will probably stick to your preferred means of messaging (WhatsApp, Skype, Messenger, etc.). Life360 allows that, which is neat.
There are many other features that you can explore when you learn your way around the app. One of them is lists, which let you make easy shopping lists, reminders, etc. The premium Life360 is suitable for drivers and road safety.
How do you like Life360 so far? Are your children complaining about it? Let us know in the comments section below.