Google sharing your battery stats is creepy, but useful (results)

Creepy or useful, what do you think about Google's location and battery life sharing?

Creepy
30.12%
Useful
38.38%
Both
31.5%

Google has been testing its Maps location sharing service with a pretty unorthodox new feature for a while now. Yes, we are talking about the fact that you can now see the other person's phone battery life as well as track their whereabouts. This is why we asked you if you are fine with Google sharing your battery life as well as your location with your exes, and just a third of our respondents considered this a rather creepy move. Most find it either useful or somewhat intruding, but still, a good one to keep.


That's how the times have changed in terms of personal info exchange, and the feature is obviously going to be permanent within Maps' location sharing. It turns out that not many consider this strange and somewhat of an intrusion on already shaky privacy grounds by Google.

Most don't really mind, as it instills a sense of urgency if something goes awry, and the person needs to be located. Moreover, you will know they went AWOL because their battery died rather than bust your head over more nefarious theories.


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10 Comments

1. JCASS889

Posts: 607; Member since: May 18, 2018

How is it creepy? What could anyone possibly do with knowing your battery level.

2. nikhil23

Posts: 499; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

how the hell is it creepy ? what does someone do with my battery stats ? Jack off to the battery percentage ?

13. aksa123

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

the issue is deeper than the surface. What else does Google possibly know? Like sms or call logs maybe? Isn't creepy when they know info about your local machine from a remote place? Anyway battery info is on top right of the screen, and it's just gross to see it anywhere else.

3. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

With all the information people share with Google and others, the battery level is actually quite useful and hardly intrusive.

4. peace247 unregistered

so... sharing my birthday and address is not creepy but battery percentage is?

12. aksa123

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

one is we share them, that we want people to know. The other is not, they just know something about us that we dont ever tell 'em. Now which one is creepy?

14. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Haha, neither is creepy. Normally I wouldn't tell my friends my battery level out of the blue, but that's because they don't care what level it is. But if they would ask, I have no issue telling them. And you never said to a friend, dude can I borrow your charger, my phone is at 20%? (or something similar of course)

5. palmguy

Posts: 986; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Maybe you'll get a car phone charger for Christmas if the other person sees your battery is always low. :-P

6. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Useful, I don't share location services with those I don't trust well in the first place. Besides this doesn't allow a window into your soul or smartphone, it just shows relative battery strength. Much Ado over naught.

10. blade19

Posts: 65; Member since: Apr 29, 2011

Life 360 app already does this, but only shares this information with people you allow in your circle. Its a family tracking app. There may be other apps that do this as well already, not sure.

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