Creepy or useful, what do you think about battery status sharing in Google Maps?


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.

Some might consider this strange and somewhat of an intrusion on already shaky privacy grounds by Google, while others may love it, as it instills a sense of urgency if something goes awry, and the person needs to be located, plus you will know they went AWOL because their battery died rather than bust your head over more nefarious theories.

This is why we wanted to ask you if you are fine with Google sharing your battery life as well as your location with your exes. We kid, but it's a feature that is obviously going to be permanent within Maps' location sharing, and we'd like to hear your thoughts on whether you consider it a bit creepy, or actually useful. Or maybe both? Tell us in the poll below.

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

Creepy
30.12%
Useful
38.38%
Both
31.5%

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12 Comments

1. nodes

Posts: 1163; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

what the hell is it for?

2. lallolu

Posts: 734; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

If you decided to share your location, then it is neither creepy nor strange to also share your battery level.

5. vincelongman

Posts: 5753; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Yea what a strange poll Next poll ideas: -Is it creepy the camera app takes photos and videos with audio? -Is it creepy iMessage/Android Messages has access to your sms? -Is it creepy the phone app records what you say and plays to others? -Is it creepy you can tell Google fit/S-health your weight?

3. geordie8t1

Posts: 314; Member since: Nov 16, 2015

Its weird, creepy, and pointless

4. cmdacos

Posts: 4329; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Not sure how it's creepy. You have to share your location or give permission for permanent location sharing. Its your choice to do so. If your family devices are listed on your account you always had this info in device manager anyway.

6. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Why would you share location services with someone you wouldn't have the time of day for in first place. C'mon.

8. talon95

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Teens sharing with parents and spouses sharing obviously find it very helpful to know where they were and if their phone just died. If you turned this sharing on then this is very useful. Of all the creepy data, battery level isn't one of them.

10. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Right, their parent might get panic if their kids location suddenly disappear and they can't even call them.. This way they can remind the kid to charge their phone somewhere, or to tell the kid when and where prent will pick them before their battery runs out.

9. blade19

Posts: 65; Member since: Apr 29, 2011

There are some apps that do this already and have been for quite some time. Life 360, a family locator, gps tracker app. You have to give people access to see your location as well as theirs and it shows you their batter life. They can also see yours too if given the access by you as the admin.

11. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 619; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

i actually have this app works well and alerts anybody when another persons phone is dying. also pings when kids get to and leave school and get home

12. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 619; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

i actually have this app works well and alerts anybody when another persons phone is dying. also pings when kids get to and leave school and get home

13. Larry_ThaGr81

Posts: 593; Member since: May 26, 2011

Where is the I don't care option?

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