Google's Trusted Contacts app lets you share your location with loved ones in real time

Google today unveiled a new app & service combo in the form of Trusted Contacts – a new way to let your loved ones know where you are by sharing your real time location with them. Trusted Contacts can be very helpful in real emergency situations, but it can also be used as a means to simply give your family peace of mind when you are out hiking alone or a on a long road trip.

After installing Trusted Contacts, the app walks you through the simple set-up process and then allows you to pick your trusted contacts. You can assign up to 50 of your contacts as trusted connections, after which you will be able to share your location with them whenever you want, as well as receive requests from them to see where you are. In the latter scenario, if you don't share your whereabouts within 5 minutes, the requester will automatically receive your last known location. Location sharing works even when your smartphone is offline, Google claims. When in the app, your trusted contacts can see you as “active” if your phone is getting reception and you are on the move, or the last time you were active, if you are not getting any signal. Once you share your location with somebody, they will be able to see where you are on a map and also track your movement. Of course, you can choose to stop sharing your location at any moment.

In an increasingly connected world, some people may not take a liking to Google's new service — especially in the face of a nagging spouse or parent as a trusted connection — but it is a genuinely nice option to have as a back up.

So, next time you decide to go hiking alone in a remote canyon and not tell anyone about it, you'd better install Trusted Contacts beforehand (or be mentally prepared for the possibility of having to cut your hand off after it's been smashed by a big rock).

Trusted Contacts is currently available on Android only but will be making its way to iOS shortly. If you would like to be notified via email when it's out, follow the link below.

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source: Google



1. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

uh.. great... "Overly Attached Girlfriend" approve this feature.. (yeah, it's that old meme)

2. libra89

Posts: 2316; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I think this is great to have for families (especially ones with teens and preteens). A lot of people already use Find my iPhone for this on iOS, so it's kind of nice that there's an equal here.

3. vijay.alapati

Posts: 181; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

Google Plus already had this feature with widget.

4. Abdbaas

Posts: 155; Member since: Apr 05, 2016

For having worked for Google I would highly recommend people to avoid this kind of app. Very intrusive and most probably doing this with another goal in mind that simply helping people tell where they are..

5. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

Don't be naive, they can know this without this app. They have designed the god damn OS itself.

6. jauling

Posts: 82; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

The Google+ app has a location feature, which is honestly the only reason why I use it. Maybe I'll give this a try, maybe its more lightweight?

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