Google launched Trusted Contacts location sharing app for Android in December 2016. While safety has been a critical concern every day now, the search giant has rolled out the app recently on the iOS platform. Of course, Apple has its native Find My Friends app that has similar functionality, but it is restricted to iOS devices.
But since the app is now available on both Android and iOS, cross-platform location sharing will become easier even for iPhone users. The Trusted Contacts personal safety app basically allows you to share your location with close friends, family etc., so that they can know whether you have safely reached home. Users can add any of their existing contacts to share their whereabouts, or invite new contacts via email and SMS.
There is an option to automatically share location with trusted contacts if you don’t respond to a request within a preset time. The default time is five minutes, but you can set from 15 minutes up to an hour. The Trusted Contacts also has time-out which gives a chance to decline the request. In case you go offline, the app will share your last ‘known location’ before the device loses connectivity. If you feel yourself to be in danger, you can proactively share your location to select trusted contacts or all of them.
Besides releasing it on iOS, Google has added a few things to its Android counterpart. The app now enables users to toggle how long it will wait before sending their location to contacts in case they lose signal. Android users can select names from their phone book (up to 50 names) on the trusted contact list. The names that have been added will get an email with all the information they require for the service and get started.
The app when configured on the device of trusted contact, they can see the connectivity and even battery status on a user’s smartphone. Google has reportedly added nine new languages to Trusted Contacts app, including Greek, Persian, and Urdu.