3 phone apps that can help keep you safe

These days, it seems like there’s an app for everything. From improving your commute to scoring the best takeout in your town, it can all be done from your smartphone.

It turns out there are even some apps out there that could save your life in an emergency. While finding yourself in a life-threatening situation may be unlikely, it’s always good to be prepared. Check out these three apps that make safety as easy as turning on your phone.

1. Lifeline Response

With this app, you simply open the app on your phone if you’re in a dangerous situation and press the circle in the center. If the app senses that your finger has left the screen, a loud noise is emitted from your phone and a message goes out to authorities. Agents then call to see if you’re OK, and first responders get your GPS coordinates. The company offers a free 14-day trial to try out the app. Check out how Lifelife Response works in the video below:

2. Companion

If you’re going somewhere alone, it’s always good to let your loved ones know about your whereabouts. This free app is available for both Android and iOS users and allows you to send requests to phone contacts to virtually track your trips using GPS. This way, instead of texting your friend when you’ve arrived home safely, they can see for themselves in real-time that you’ve made it to your destination. The video below shows how the app helps you “never walk home alone again.”

3. On Watch On Campus

Safety on campus is a big concern for college students. With On Watch On Campus, students are able to alert their friends, campus police, local 911 or a combination or all three if they find themselves in peril. With just two taps, you can send an alert by phone, text, email or Facebook. The company offers a free 30-day trial.

[h/t: Clark]