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Google to stop supporting Trusted Contacts app from 1 December, app officially pulled from Play store

From December 2020, Google will stop providing the emergency location sharing app Trusted Contacts. Application introduced by Google in 2016 to share location information with people. “Trusted Contacts will not be supported after December 1, 2020. If the app is installed on your device, you can continue to use it until then. To share your location with others, try Share location in Google Maps,” reads the message ABOVE Google Trusted Contacts. Google says that if users have created trusted contacts, they can download them from the trusted contacts page until December 1, 2020. After that, trusted contacts won’t be able to see the live location the user has shared with them from the app.

Since 2017, Google Maps has helped users share real-time location, but users must constantly track and share their location with others at all times instead of just broadcasting to loved ones.

Google Trusted Contacts

Google Trusted Contacts

Trusted Contacts allows users to share their location with a trusted contact, be it family or friends, if they feel unsafe or want someone to watch them. Also, in case you can’t get your phone or device offline, your trusted contacts can find you.

In July 2017, The app has been launched for iOS devicesmonths after being introduced to Android devices.

Users can control how quickly their location is shared when their ‘trusted contact’ requests location. Initially, the limit was set at five minutes, which was later changed and users can choose anything between sharing their location immediately or waiting up to an hour.

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The announcement comes a few days after Google announced new updates and changes to Chat and Hangouts. Last week, Google said it will officially switch users from Google Hangouts to Google Chat from next year.

In a blog, Google said that from 2021, Chat will be available as a free service both in the integrated Gmail experience and the standalone Chat app.

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