Google’s launched a brand new app called Trusted Contacts which allows you to stay in touch with friends and family in emergency situations. The personal safety app works its magic even when your phone is offline or inaccessible.
Trusted Contacts could prove useful in situations where you have to travel alone at night or have lost your way without any network access. To get started, you’ll have to add people as your trusted contacts. They’ll then be able to monitor your activity like seeing whether you’ve moved recently or are online.
If an emergency arises, you can share your location with them quickly. You’ll also be able to do things like invite a friend to virtually walk you home in case your feel unsafe. Once you’ve reached your destination, you can simply tap the Trusted Contacts banner at the top of the screen or from the lockscreen and stop giving out your position.
Sharing can be initiated by your friends and family as well. They can send across a request to see your location which can either be denied or accepted. However, if you can’t get to your handset within 5 minutes then Google will automatically communicate your location or last known whereabouts if your smartphone is offline or out of battery.
Trusted Contacts comes across as a solid crisis app with a number of useful features which will likely appeal to people like parents who want to keep a lookout for their children. Still, it could also give rise to unwanted snooping from individuals who want to know where you are at all times, not just emergencies.
You can download Trusted Contacts via the Play Store. It’ll be available for iOS at some point in the future.