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The Best Alternatives to Google’s Dead ‘Trusted Contacts’ App

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Android’s Trusted Contacts app is no more. Google says it’s shutting down the app in December and has pulled it from the Google Play Store. That’s OK, though: There are alternatives you can try.

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If you haven’t used “Trusted Contacts” before, here’s how it worked. You could use thee app to flag saved contacts as your “Trusted Contacts,” who could then check on your location at any time. While that might sound creepy, the service was a useful safety tool for everything from checking in on a friend’s first date to making sure a loved one is safe during a natural disaster.

Google’s shutdown is abrupt, but the Trusted Contacts app will remain usable until December 1. You should download any contact information you have saved in the app, then start looking for an alternative.

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Google recommends users switch to Google Maps’ location sharing feature instead, which is similar to Trusted Contacts. However, Google Maps requires users keep their device’s location data turned on and constantly broadcasting to their family members—something many users won’t want to do. Part of Trusted Contacts’ appeal was that it did not require users to show their location at all times, and only showed where you were if you did not respond to a check-in request after several minutes.

Other location sharing apps

If you’d prefer a non-Google option for tracking and contact trusted family and friends, there are a handful of other apps that do (mostly) the same thing:

  • Life360 (Android, iOS): Life360 lets users create a private group that can all track each other’s movements. There are three plans available starting at $4.17 per month, each with varying allowances for daily check-ins, location history, driving alerts, and even stolen phone insurance.
  • Glympse (Android, iOS): Glympse is a simple app that lets you send your location history to others or request someone else’s whereabouts. Locations are shared and saved temporarily; there’s no long-term tracking. Only one person needs to have Glympse downloaded, which is a nice touch, but it can’t do “no response” check-ins like Trusted Contacts could.
  • Find My (iOS): The Find My app is the most similar service to Google’s Trusted Contacts, but it’s iOS-only. That precludes it as an option for the Android-only crowd, but it’s worth noting if you use an iPhone alongside your Android devices or make the jump to Apple’s products in the future. Find My is available on any Apple device and can be used to locate a missing phone or see where approved contacts are at any time.
  • Your carrier services (Android, iOS): Many phone servicer providers offer their own family-tracking and location-sharing apps. These are usually extra features you have to sign up for, which get tacked onto your monthly bill, but they’re worth considering if you have a family plan with multiple lines you want to track.
  • WhatsApp and other social media apps (Android, iOS): Several social media apps—including WhatsApp, Messenger, and Snap Chat—let you broadcast your location and view the location for other users who have the setting turned on. These features aren’t as reliable as dedicated family-tracking apps, but they’re easy alternatives from apps most of us already have installed.

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Charge Your Phone Wirelessly With 50% off a Multifunctional LED Lamp

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White Wireless Charge Lamp | $18 | Amazon | Clip coupon + code ABC88699
Black Wireless Charger Lamp | $20 | Amazon | Promo code ABC88699

When you’re ready to turn in for the night, you don’t want to forget to charge your phone— especially if your mobile device doubles as your alarm clock.

With this wireless charger lamp, you can make this crucial step of your nightly routine even easier by just setting your phone on the wireless charging pad and… well, that’s all there is to it!

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Other functions include multiple lighting modes as well as a sleep timer option for auto shut-off of the light after 30 or 60 minutes.

This lamp can be yours in white for $18 if you clip the coupon on Amazon (it’s below the original $40 price) and add promo code ABC88699 at checkout.

You can snag the black version for $20 using the same code—no coupon though, sorry.

Don’t sleep on this deal! Who knows how long stock or the coupon code will last?

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Keep That Hotdish Hot With 65% Off a Luncia Casserole Carrier, Only $11 With Promo Code

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Luncia Double-Decker Dish Carrier | $11 | Amazon | Promo code SDDU9S7F

It has been a long time since the days we could safely have a potluck or other gatherings, but we have a fantastic deal perfect for once those times return. These double-decker Luncia dish carriers can be had for 65% off when you add promo code SDDU9S7F at checkout and clip the coupon on the site (it’s just below the price). These holders fit 9″x 13″ sized baking dishes.

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That means you can insulate and keep two dishes of food warm for only $11 instead of $30. What’s more, your Luncia carrier will arrive by Christmas if you order today as a Prime member.

Just add promo code SDDU9S7F and clip the 5% off coupon to bring the price down to $11 for the blue or the grey option.

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Conquer Your Pup’s Dander and Fur With $700 Off a Cobalt or Charcoal Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum

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Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Cobalt) | $200 | Best Buy

Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Charcoal) | $200 | Best Buy

Allergies can be bad enough as the seasons change. Don’t let pet hair and dander add to that by vacuuming it up early and often. That chore is easier said than done— unless you have a robot vacuum to do the work for you. This lovely bright cobalt Bobsweep PetHair Plus robot vacuum and mop, only $200 today at Best Buy seems like an ideal option. That’s a whopping $700 off, by the way.

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You can get the same deal for the charcoal version of the robot vac, too. This model is not only specially made for picking up pet hair, it self docks and charges when it’s finished with the work.

It also comes with a mop attachment, so it can take care of those kitchen floors for you as well. Grab it while it’s still available for this fantastic price!

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