How Your Android can Save Your Life!

by Shane White

Here are a few things that you can use with your Android device that can help you in a pinch.  Remember that the average Android smartphone battery life only lasts a few hours so these apps are just a short term solution to an emergency situation that may arise, and most of them will be of no use at all if the cellular networks fail.

Tiny Flashlight + LED by Nikolay Ananiev

This app has helped me out in many situations.  Depending on what Android device you have, you can use different methods for illuminating the area.  I have two LEDs on my smartphone, so I can have light for a short period of time when I have no other light sources in the area.

Survival Guide by SusasoftX

This guide is completely based on the U.S. Military Survival Manual FM 21-76 and can come in handy if you are stuck in a rough situation and have to make a quick camp, fire, and need food.  Signal strength is not a problem with this app because it works offline.  I recommend that you jot down as much as you can before your battery dies though.

Google Maps by Google Inc.

This maps app is a great app that has several options including walking and bicycling directions.  The walking directions use your devices accelerometer to help you to know what direction you are heading.  You do, however need to have a good data signal for this app to function properly.

iTriage by iTriage, LLC.

This app is useful for helping you self diagnose, and then find turn by turn directions to the closest  medical facilities.  It includes thousands of diseases which can be very useful in a pandemic situation.  It also has wait times and pre-registration for some hospitals as well.

iCruiser IMP1000 by New Trent

This is not an app, but it will come in handy to keep your Android, or any number of other devices running for around 50 hours after the battery on your device runs out.  Just keep this charged and have it ready for a when you don’t have power.  Power is a very useful thing to have if you want to be able to keep using your phone.

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