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Truecaller launches Guardians personal safety app: here’s how it works to keep you safe

On: March 3, 2021
Highlights

  • Guardians offers safety and protection while travelling
  • Users can share their location and phone details with their trusted contacts
  • In emergency mode, users can also share their location with guardians who may be in the vicinity

True Software Scandinavia AB, the company behind Truecaller has launched a new personal safety app today. It is called Guardians and is available globally to download for free from the Google Play Store and Apple Store. 

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Guardians is designed with personal safety and ease-of-use in mind. The Swedish company says that it is making a commitment to safety in the real world. Commenting on the launch, Alan Mamedi, CEO and co-founder said, ‘Guardians was born out of a simple question – how can we crowdsource personal safety, just like the way we crowdsource protection against spam, scams and frauds with Truecaller?’

Guardians

Guardians is a free-to-use app that lets you share your location with select trusted people 

Guardians app: top features 

Guardians is a free-to-use app and there are no ads or premium tiers. As the name suggests, users can choose trusted people as their guardians and allow them to stay updated on your whereabouts. Apart from location sharing, users can also share and see details like battery level, network strength and the phone’s state (silent mode).  

Guardians users are in complete control at all times. They can share their own personal guardians from the contacts list and choose when to stop/start sharing location. Users can also set up permanent sharing with selected guardians.

If a user doesn’t feel safe or is facing an emergency, they can tap the ‘I need help!’ button that notifies all their guardians about the location and situation. This way, in emergency mode, the user’s guardians will be able to reach the location or send help. The company says that users can share their location with community guardians who may be in the vicinity. 

The Guardians app is said to run quietly in the background in normal mode and also share location intermittently while preserving battery life. The company adds that Guardians will never share any personal information with any third-party apps. The personal safety app only requests three permissions including location, contacts and phone permissions (to share device status with your selected guardians).

Guardians: how to setup

  • Interested users can download Guardians from Google Play Store (link). It is coming soon for Apple devices.
  • If you are a Truecaller user, you can sign in with one tap.
  • If not, you need to sign up with your phone number after which it will be verified via a miss call or OTP. 
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