When anything happens wrong in our life, the first thing which comes in the mind is to get in touch with our relatives and friends who care for us. But if we think about the natural disasters like accident, fire, or any other natural calamity at that time we can’t get in touch with our relatives easily. For the solution of such problem, Google has brought its latest app named as “Trusted Contacts”. The app called Trusted Contacts can bring the solution of this problem. This application allows the friends and family members to share their locations with the one another.
First, you have to sign up in the application. After that, you can select some people from your address book and can give the designation of trusted contacts to those selected contacts. After doing this process, you will be able to share your location to those contacts and they can also request your location at any time.
There are many different apps available in the market which are also similar to Trusted Contacts app. Apple’s “Find my friends” and many other apps are similar to Trusted Contacts app. But the main difference between all these apps is that your location is not by default shared by Trusted Contacts. Instead of this, people who are added as your trusted contacts can just see whether you are online or not and you are moving around or not.
User can broadcast his/her location at any time to any or all of his/her trusted contacts. After broadcasting the location, trusted contact will be able to see the user’s real-time location. When the user ends the location sharing, trusted contacts will not able to see the user’s real-time location. In this way, now users can share their location with their loved ones in any bad situation. It is not compulsory that to run this app, we need to be online, but this app can be run in offline mode, too. When user’s mobile battery goes to die or he/she lose the service, this app will be able to point the contacts to your last known location.
Moreover, the trusted contacts can also request your location within this app. When any contact requests you to share your location, you will get a notification about that. After that, you have two options i.e. either you can share your location with your requesting contact or you can decline the request. If you do not give any response to that requesting contact then app will automatically share your most recent location with the requesting contact. This may affect the privacy of the app, but according to Google, this is necessary because when people are in the bad situation at that time they may not have their phones in their hands.
Trusted Contacts app is currently available for android users. iPhone version is in the work. At this time, the app has been kept simple. In future, Google may integrate this app with Android’s built-in emergency calling features.