Google has announced that it is discontinuing its location-sharing app Trusted Contacts and has removed it from Playstore and AppStore. It was launched in 2016 as a location-sharing app that let users request someone’s location and know if they’re safe. But Google is now killing the Trusted Contacts as the company has already added its function to Google Maps. However, Google has said that it will continue to support the app until December 1, 2020. So all users who already have the app installed on their phones can still use it until then.
With the Trusted Contacts app, users could track their family members or friends, and see if they are safe, post the request approval. It also let the users see, target’s recent activity and battery status. However, you can still use this feature using the real-time Location Sharing feature in Google Maps.
Trusted Contacts Removal and Its Alternative
Google has already removed the Trusted Contacts app from the Google Playstore and the Apple App Store. Users who already have the app on their homes can continue to use it for another one month or so, until December 1, 2020. It was a helpful app for the past three years, especially for keeping track of our loved ones to make sure they’re safe. But the app is now joining the Google graveyard.
Google is, however, allowing users who have created trusted contacts to download them from the trusted contacts page before December 1, as the app will stop working after that. Those of you who want to use the location sharing feature can now use Google Maps for this. Just go to the real-time Location Sharing feature in the Google Maps app and add the contact to send the request and if approved, start tracking.