Google on Wednesday released a free Trusted Contacts app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch following its release on Android in December of last year.
The software includes Find My Friends-like capabilities that allow you to locate friends and family on a map and let others know that you’re safe.
Unlike Find My Friends, Trusted Contacts comes with a handy timeout feature and is cross-platform so both iOS and Android customers can download and use it for location sharing.
According to Google, the app makes it easy for your trusted contacts to request your location even if your device is offline or you can’t get to it.
It integrates with Google Maps location sharing, allowing you to easily enable permanent location sharing with selected contacts and find them directly within Google Maps.
Trusted contacts can be added by phone number or email address. Anyone who accepts your request becomes a trusted contact and you’ll see their name and profile picture in the app.
You can also proactively share your location in emergency situations to let your friends and family know you’re safe. As I mentioned before, Trusted Contacts lets you specify how long to wait before your location is automatically shared with a trusted contact who asks for it.
For example, you can choose to share your location immediately or wait up to an hour.
It will automatically share your location if you don’t respond to the request within a preset time. This is great for emergency situations because this option works even if you’re offline or your phone is out of battery.