Let’s face it, a loved one strolling down a dark street on their own or meeting face to face with an online stranger isn’t such a pretty thought. So whether you’re a parent, friend, sibling or significant other, there’s no better way to check in on a loved one than with Google’s newest safety app.
Trusted Contacts is a sensible and ridiculously smart app that’ll help you keep tabs on a loved one when you don’t want to bother them with a phone call. Perfect for when your intuition tells you that something isn’t quite right.
If you download the app, you can designate certain contacts in your phone to be ‘trusted,’ which will let them check in on your phone’s activity status. So essentially, they can see if your phone’s been moving around, if it’s been used within the last hour or if it’s low on battery.
And if that wasn’t already cool enough, the app offers an even greater use: to find a person’s location. When a trusted contact is concerned, they can use the app to request your location. The app will then share where you are with them if you don’t respond within five minutes… just to be on the safe side.
You know those creepy moments where you have to walk from your work building to your car late at night? Well, you can choose to share your location with people too until you reach a cozy, safe space of your choosing.
Thank you, Google.