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Google pulls the plug on its Trusted Contacts app

Trust Contacts joins Latitude and Google+ Location Sharing on the scrap heap.
Richard Lawler, @Rjcc
October 16, 2020
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A few years ago Google built and briefly maintained its Trusted Contacts app on iOS and Android. It was pitched as a way to quickly and securely share your location with close friends or family members so they could remotely keep an eye on you, or even find your location in an emergency. Now Android Police points out it’s the latest Google project to hit the scrap heap.

The app is no longer available via Google Play or the App Store, and its website indicates support will end entirely as of December 1st. That puts it in the company of Google Latitude and Google+ Location Sharing, two other projects that filled similar purposes and are also no longer with us.

In the years since, Google shifted location sharing features into Google Maps which is probably good from an overall privacy and access control standpoint, as it’s routinely updated. However, if you liked having it in a standalone app then this is quite different. For info on how to use location sharing in Google Maps check this support page, which can explain how to use it for temporary sharing, or sharing of an ETA while traveling.

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