Google’s Trusted Contact Service is going to be discontinued from December 2020

Google launched its ‘Trusted Contact Service’ in 2016, and it was taken very positively by most people. It let the users share their location with their trusted contact if they felt unsafe in a situation, or wanted someone to watch out for them, allowed parents to find their kids in an emergency situation, or any friend or family member. Your trusted contacts could even share their battery level and some other information through this wonderful app, but sadly, Google has announced that it is discontinuing the service from 1st December 2020 onwards.

As per Google, the company is stopping Trusted Contact Service and it will be removed from the App Store and Google Play Store now, but if you have the app downloaded, you can use it till 1st December 2020. After that, Google will stop supporting the app and users will no longer be able to use it.

This is pretty upsetting news, but Google has integrated most of the functionality of this service into Google Maps now. So, Google is trying to urge people to move on to Google Maps which allows location sharing and provides many other features from the Trusted Contacts Service. So, all is not lost, and people still have a way to connect with their trusted contacts and learn about their whereabouts through Google Maps.

This is the reason why Google decided to kill off the Trusted Contacts Service, and it makes sense. Google keeps bringing new features and tools for Maps and it is fair enough to focus on one app and improve it to the maximum, rather than having two apps providing the same functionality.

Google Maps also allows you to Live share your location with your trusted contacts, and this can prevent many accidents or unfortunate incidents from happening. Through Google Maps, you can also check the distance between your and your trusted contact, and this can ensure safety and precaution too. If you are sharing your location live with someone, and God forbid, you encounter some trouble, your trusted contact will know exactly how long it is going to take them to reach you. They can also send help through some other service or contact the Police Station or Ambulance service closest to you if needed.

Google says that people who are using the Trusted Contacts Service can download their data until 1st December 2020.

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