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Life360 App Update – Nov. New Features!

We’re excited to announce a new update for the free Life360 app for both iPhone and Android! It’s full of new features that we know you’re going to love. In addition to some updates that will improve overall ease-of-use, we have developed these great new (and free) features: The FamilyChannel™, Quick Notes, Safety Emails & Custom Notifications, and some special additions to the Android version. We’re SO excited about these new features that we’re running a contest. You could win a $100 gift card to Amazon, iTunes, or Target – See the rules at the end of this post!

FamilyChannel™

For the first time ever, your entire family can stay in touch across multiple platforms with a private and secure group chat. This means whether you’re on Android, iPhone, or text messaging on a feature phone, you’ll be able to access the FamilyChannel™! If you want to share details along with your Check In and safety status, this is the place to do it! For example, if you’re on your way home and stopping by the grocery store, you can let the whole family know with one message. They’ll be able to message you back, see what others have responded and even know if you’re still at the store when they suddenly realized they ran out of butter! During emergencies and everyday, FamilyChannel™ will allow your family to effectively communicate and maintain an ongoing conversation. It has never been easier to stay connected.

Quick Notes If you’re in a rush and don’t have time to call, you can send a previously saved Quick Note through the app or text message like, “On my way!” to the entire family. Don’t have your phone handy or your battery died? No problem – Send the message through email!

Custom Notifications Settings Along with the FamilyChannel™, you will also have the option of safety notification emails. You can select how you wish to receive your messages via app alerts, text, email, or any combination of those choices.

Android Update If you’re running the app on an Android phone, you will also find a new menu with easy access to all family members in a list view. There is also a new Life360 widget that makes all of Life360′s primary features (e.g. Check In, Panic, Messages) available with one touch.

We know you’re going to love this update! Staying connected and keeping your family safe has never been so easy! We are always working hard to improve the app for you and your family. After you’ve tried out the latest version, please let us know what you think!

Need to update your app or haven’t tried it yet? You can download it for free from the Android Marketplace & iTunes App Store.

Want to win $100 just in time for holiday shopping?

  1. First, have your family download the new version of the app.
  2. Play around with it for a couple days and get a good feel for the new features.
  3. We want to hear from you, so when you’re ready, come back to this post and give your input on the update!

We will select a random comment giving helpful feedback and that person will win a $100 Amazon, iTunes or Target gift card! To find out who wins, follow the blog, our Facebook, and our Twitter to hear the winner announcements!

The Fine Print:

Please read the complete rules to make sure you’re eligible. Each time you leave a comment on this post this week (starting today until 9 pm pst next Sun, Dec 4th), you’re automatically entered in our drawing — up to 3 comments per person.

We’re looking for real comments, with real people having real conversations about family safety! Positive and constructive criticism is welcomed. The winner will be announced sometime on Monday, so check back then! Prizes should be claimed within 72 hours of winner announcement. Comments must come from individuals 18 or older, U.S. residents, and obviously, spam comments don’t count.

  • Robin Reeves

    Sounds exciting, can't wait to the IPhone version comes out :)

  • Susan

    These are great features. I would love to see them available for the blackberry/rim devices. Looking forward to that addition to your software.

  • Claudia Davis

    I need this for my iPhone so badly. The very fact that you will have the feature of using a previously saved Quick Note to be able to text out is great for me. There are so many times that I want to just say, I will be there in 5 minutes or meet me outside of the house in 5 minutes but dont want to call or type it out again, is worth this app upgrade!

    • http://www.life360.com/blog Life360

      and the best part is that its all FREE! :)

  • Meagan

    These features are amazing. They are so convenient and efficient for my everyday life. Good job!

  • http://life360 lori

    360life will not update my family. It shows where everyone was a year ago not now. How do I fix it. I have a computer and it won’t update. Please help

    • http://www.life360.com/blog Life360

      Hey Lori, sorry to hear you are having trouble with the app. That definitely isn't how it should be working, but we can help get you fixed up!

      Email support@life360.com and let them know which phones you are using and what the issue is. They'll be able to help you out!

  • Lewis F

    Amazing features in this edition. Just wish I knew had to use Android system a bit better.

  • http://www.willadawnphotography.com Melissa Petrey

    I love this app!

  • Adrienne Gordon

    It is head and shoulders above the previous version

  • Bill

    handy holiday prize win

  • John

    Love the app. It's such a great way to safely and securely communicate with your family at any given time.

  • Heidi K.

    This is an incredibly useful app for a family in a hurry all the time! I like the Quick Notes feature for when I want to get a simple message out to each family member in a timely fashion. It's sure a lot faster than trying to call everyone (and hoping they answer their phones!)

  • Gloria Walshver

    Great idea

  • Sharon Shure

    Exciting!!

  • Sammi

    like Quick Notes – it's like free texting

  • Summer Bonner

    would love to win this.

  • Lewis F

    The penny just dropped. It's free!!!! :-)))))))))))))

  • sarah h.

    I love the ability to message my whole family at once… weve been using it for little things mostly like letting my kids know were almost there to pick them up from practice. its been great

    • http://www.life360.com/blog Life360

      Isn't it great!? Thats my favorite feature too!

  • Eddie Ellliott

    Wonderfull works a treat only a few of my family
    Have blackberry phones Please get a app for this phone
    Keep up the good work,I tell all my friends about your app.
    Eddie.E

    • http://www.life360.com/blog Life360

      Hey Eddie, an app for the blackberry is in the works, but we don't have a release date yet. We're glad you are liking it for iPhone and Android though!

      In the mean time you can use the Instant Update feature to locate phones that aren't iPhone or Android if you would like! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1575070347 Amanda Budnick

    I love this app. I work for the Phone Company repairing phone lines etc, and before I go to someone's house or area I check to see what perverts are around, I feel safer with this app. Also if I were to lose my phone I'd be able to find it. My husband and I can check in with each other anytime with it. We do not have children, but for those who do it is the perfect app to keep an eye on them. I can't imagine not having this on my phone.

    • http://www.life360.com/blog Life360

      Hey Amanda, we're happy to make you feel a little safer! Thanks for checking out the new release. Whats your favorite part? Have you tried the FamilyChannel yet?

  • Jimmy Dickson

    I don't have an iPhone yet but I tried it on the iPad and it worked minus some features, but I can't connect through the android app (or from the iPad to an android phone) using quicknote, when I get an iPhone i'll try again, perhaps it's not compatible with the iPad.

  • Denise S

    This sounds very useful, especially since I get lost easily.

  • patricia skinner

    Did you say FREE? I love that word! Great review.

  • simplydab

    Sweet, I'll have to download this for my iPad. Thanks for posting about it :)

    • http://www.life360.com/blog Life360

      Let us know what you think!

  • lincoln

    I purchased the program but i need the be able to get updates via computer. Next i need to be able to set auto check time via iphone or computer

    • http://www.life360.com/blog Life360

      Hey Lincoln, you can log into your account on Life360.com to see your family's location. Email support (at) life360 (dot) com if you have more questions.

      I will let the developers know about your idea for auto check time, great idea!

  • thoyt89

    I like the app. :)

    tiffany.hoyt@hotmail.com

  • https://www.facebook.com/elwinrx Lilly Nguyen

    There isnt an iphone version??? oh poo.

  • Judee

    Love that it’s free

  • Jim W.

    I love it

  • kathy

    Love the new update! It makes things quicker (for me at least).

  • Brittany

    Very Useful App!

  • Fudge4u

    We have been using this app for quite awhile now. Other parents are always amazed at the fact that we can follow our kids paths when they are on their way home. This is a really nice safety feature when you live in Northern MI where the roads are often icy. We live rural and with the price of gas being what it is, carpooling is pretty much a given, so our kids are often riding with others and it is nice to be able to see that they are where they are supposed to be and are safe. It is also nice that they have the added security of being able to contact us via the new Family Channel. Also, face it, kids are kids and being able to know where they left their phone should the situation arise, is also a plus. Thanks for a great app.

  • TheCatLady

    I love the multi-platform feature! ♥

  • https://www.facebook.com/letesshaw Letessha Williams

    Nice to stay in touch with my kids,now I can get emailed when my son's battery goes out.

  • Brenda Gaines

    This is something that I will definitely try when I get my iPhone for christmas!!

  • http://www.chachingqueen.com Rachel

    great idea

  • Andi

    I love the concept of this app. However it says my husband is in a general area encircled but not an exact location. What exactly does that mean? If Im on the road traveling the app says I am in the location accurately. Will or can I should say this issue be fixed?

  • Rajah Stills

    Geesh I NEED this!!!

  • kay

    I could really use this iphone.

  • jessica gengler

    what a great idea to help families stay safe!

  • http://www.facebook.com/juliehawkins7 Julie Hawkins

    This app has been so useful keeping my family in the loop and organized during the craziness of the holidays.

  • http://jacksonglynn.blogspot.com Katie White

    I love the QuickNotes feature. Sometimes it takes too long to text a short note

  • http://jacksonglynn.blogspot.com Katie White

    Also, I love that the app is free

  • Susan Smith

    I like that the whole family can see all the messages at the same time, saves time.

  • gordon

    We need this for the Blackberry tablets!

  • http://www.mommyshangout.com Jen

    I had this for the iphone when we had them but since i changed to an android phone i forgot all about this app! Thanks so much. I just downloaded it . With 2 teens with phones this is very helpful and a lifesaver i think all families should have this installed. I love that the Android one allows widgets!!

  • julie c

    nice app…especially with a 10 yr old! thx.

  • julie c

    follow on twitter @juliescamp thx.

  • julie c

    liked on fb. ;p

  • mary gardner

    i love the quick notes feature and i like that i can message everyone in my family at the same time

  • Sue

    Thanks…these are wonderful

  • http://www.facebook.com/klm40 Karen Mead

    I really love this app!! It gives everyone in the family the ability to contact one another seperately or all at once. The group chat is awesome!! I use it when I'm going to the store to see what everyone wants. I use it to notify the family that I'm going to be late, etc. It makes it so easy to communicate. Thank you so much for doing this review and letting everyone know about it.

    • http://www.life360.com/blog Life360

      Hey Karen! Thanks for sharing. Next time we do a life360 family story contest be sure to enter! You can check out other family stories here: http://www.life360.com/stories

  • Sarah L

    I don't have a device that could use this but I can see how helpful it would be for a technological advanced family.
    Thanks for the contest.

  • Sarah L

    I think the Quick Note would be a useful feature.

  • Sarah L

    The family chat feature could be very helpful.

  • Adrianna

    This is great! Since I am always in charge of picking everyone up, letting everyone know what time ill be around to get them is awesome. This app is very useful!

  • barbara hunt

    Thanks for the great contest!
    bahjeep@aol.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=672965793 Betty Curran

    Unfortunately this doesn't work with my cell phone but I really love the concept.

  • Susie Fangmeier

    LOVE Life 360 – my husband and I have it on our iPhones and also our childrens phones. We live in the Middle of Montana and my husband has to travel around the state occasionally, and it can be worrisome especially in the winter – many miles between towns and spotty cell coverage:( I know where he is even when we can't reach each other :) Thank you for peace of mind !!

    • http://www.life360.com/blog Life360

      What a great comment Susie! Thanks for sharing. Next time we do a life360 family story contest be sure to enter! You can check out other family stories here: http://www.life360.com/stories

  • Bryan Koecke

    Nice!

  • Erika

    I am not sure if it's just my daughters droid or what, but it is NEVER accurate. I can be sitting right next to her on the couch and it says she's about 1 mile away, or in the middle of the night on my phone (Iphone 4S) it says the history that I moved all over the place while I know I was sound asleep. How do you get a more accurate reading? Otherwise the app is uesless if you can't really see where people are?

  • Kristie

    I love this app!!! But can this be used on phones that aren't smart phone?? My boys have Wi-Fi on their phones….just no data plans. Would really love to be able to use this app for when they walk home from school.

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  • Cautious

    Can someone explain why this app requires access to ALL accounts on my phone?

  • katherinewright

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  • Jan

    Why did I lose physical address' on mine? Now I get longitude and lattitude.

  • Randi

    how do I longout of life360 on my phone and change acounts

    • http://www.life360.com/blog Life360

      Hi Randi! What kind of phone do you have? iPhone or Android? I’ll need that info to help you! Thanks!
      (I also apologize for taking so long to respond; you can always find us on Facebook or Twitter too!)

  • Me

    The location history List is horrible on the update. It’s usually several hours behind and doesn’t tie to the location on the main map (not the history map- that’s wrong too)