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Google will discontinue its emergency location sharing app Trusted Contacts in December, and has already yanked it from the Google Play Retailer. As an alternative, it’s directing present customers to strive related however much less useful options in Google Maps. That’s a disgrace, as a result of whereas Trusted Contacts may allow you to discover a member of the family even when they don’t reply (say, if they’re unconscious or at risk), Google Maps requires them to proactively broadcast their location to you.

The announcement was fairly abrupt:

Google’s e mail announcement
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Google Maps has been capable of do actual time location sharing since 2017, however once more, it’s a must to opt-in to fixed monitoring, sharing your location with different folks on a regular basis as a substitute of solely broadcasting it to family members in the event you don’t reply. Trusted Contacts, by comparability, permits you to add folks to your contacts who you’d prefer to immediately share your areas with in case of emergency. If one arises, your contacts can request a standing replace to see in the event you’re alright and you’ll reply together with your location to reassure them. For those who don’t reply, the app mechanically shares your final identified location to allow them to ship for assist.

When Google initially launched Trusted Contacts, it created this GIF to indicate the way it works:

Folding different apps and options into Google Maps has been Google’s technique for some time, however the Maps function doesn’t really feel fairly as precious. And whereas it’s attainable the Trusted Contacts app didn’t have loads of customers, those that have been relying on it might want to discover one thing else.

Google is ending assist for the app in December, however you’ll have the ability to obtain your contacts out of your Trusted Contacts page till the app is shut down. Till then, you would possibly as effectively get conversant in Google Maps’ tackle location sharing.

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