ANDROID phone owners can activate a clever feature that automatically shares videos with contacts when you are in danger.
It’s linked to Android’s Emergency SOS feature and could save your life.
Emergency SOS is a special feature that you activate when you find yourself in an emergency situation.
Activation is done by pressing the power button five times and then touching and holding it within the red circle for three seconds.
This triggers numerous emergency responses, including making an emergency call and any other actions you pre-select.
And one of them is the emergency recording that you want to set up.
Emergency recording works in the background so you can continue to share your location or otherwise get help during an emergency.
You can find the function under Settings > Security & Emergency > Emergency SOS.
Make sure you activate “Emergency SOS” first.
Set up emergency contacts and then enable automatic sharing.
“If you turn on auto-sharing, a link to your video will automatically be shared with all of your emergency contacts after each recording,” Google explained.
“If you don’t have emergency contacts set up, your video won’t be shared with anyone.
“If you decide you don’t want to share the video, you have 15 seconds after recording to cancel sharing.”
An internet connection is required for sharing.
Therefore, there may be a delay for contacts receiving your video.
The links your contacts receive have an expiration timer of seven days.
And you can disable them for other users at any time.
To do this, simply go to the Safety app, tap Your Info > Your Videos, then select Stop Sharing on a video of your choice.
“Emergency Recording is intended for personal use in emergency situations to ensure your safety,” Google said.
“Google automatically disables an active shared link if it is shared excessively.”
Your emergency recordings are automatically uploaded to the cloud.
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This is to prevent them from being lost if your phone is destroyed or stolen.
Keep in mind that this will consume data if you don’t have a Wi-Fi connection.