Best apps to keep you safe at night

Sometimes it can be daunting to walk a dark area at night (especially when you're alone), or maybe you're just walking out to your car after class and want an extra little helping hand of security. Whether you're a man or a woman, having an app that helps with your personal sense of safety can be important, regardless of the situation.

Here are the best apps available to help keep you safe at night.


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Companion is a security app that works with your phone number to effortlessly notify your contacts (or companions) in case anything happens to you via a live map that you set up and share with them.

This free app gives you options to notify your companions (who don't even need to have the app downloaded to get notifications from you) if you're feeling nervous, or you could use the app to directly call the police in an instant.

If you do run into any trouble, Companion will text a link to a GPS-enabled map that will allow the recipient to see where you are. As a bonus, you can even set notifications that you're going on a trip or that you're at home or wandering around, just in case your companions get worried about you.

If your headphone gets yanked out, your phone falls to the ground, or you start running, the app will ask you if you are OK or if you want to call the police. If you don't respond within 15 seconds, the app will notify your companions that something is amiss. (Daily Dot)

Circle of 6

In 2011, Circle of 6 won the White House and HHS "Apps Against Abuse" Technology Challenge and the Avon Foundation for Women/Institute of Medicine "Ending Violence @Home" — and there's really no surprise as to why!

Thanks to the creativity and vision of these developers, young people now have a new line of defense against violence in their lives. (Joe Biden)

Circle of 6 was the very first safety app I ever downloaded while working at a super sketchy mall downtown, and I used it every single day while walking out to my car. The concept was simple enough that you didn't need to hit 1,000 buttons if you were in danger, and it made me feel safe enough that I used it constantly.

Circle of 6 works by letting you choose up to six trusted friends and sending them notifications if you're in a bad situation. You can pre-program SMS alert messages that will attach and send to your selected six along with your current location. The app can also connect you to 24-hour safety information hotlines and, which is an online sexual health resource.

Send Help

There are two words you can use to describe this app: direct and simple.

To use the app, you need to preset your alert message and the different types of alerts you would like to send — SMS, Facebook, email, Twitter, you name it! Then when you need help ASAP, you hit the big red SEND HELP! panic button, and that message and your location will be sent out to let people know that you're in immediate danger.

A fair warning, though: this app is for if you're REALLY really in immediate danger. Do not press the button and let your hundreds of social media followers and your dozens of phone contacts think you're in danger if you're just not super comfortable.


If you're someone who does a lot of walking alone and wants a little extra bit of security, then check out the free-to-download app bSafe.

bSafe offers several features to help increase your personal safety—especially when you walk alone. Once you create a network of bSafe friends, they can follow you via GPS and receive alerts when you check in at your destination. If you don't arrive when you expected to, bSafe sends your friends an SOS message. (SafeWise)

You can choose to link your Facebook account with bSafe or use your phone number to notify your contacts in case anything happens to you. One awesome feature that bSafe has is that when you activate the emergency alarm, it automatically records audio and video from your iPhone, which could be incredibly helpful if you go to the police.

While bSafe is free, there is a premium version that has some extra features like 24/7 access to professional security systems and help (the free version is pretty fantastic on its own, though).

Drunk Mode

Okay, admit it: you've had one too many drinks and now your drunk ass is trying to find its way home, but what if something happens to you? What if someone jumps you? What if you get mugged, attacked, or worse?

While Drunk Mode is currently only available in the U.S. and Canada, this safety app combines heavy drinking and bad decisions with staying safe and out of trouble (hard to imagine, hey?).

The app uses your location to help you find your friends on a live map and caters specifically towards people who are looking to go out and get bombed. Drunk Mode has features like:

  1. The ability to stop drunk dialings: the call-blocker hides select phone contacts when you want to get drunk so you cannot drunk call these selected friends for up to 12 hours.
  2. Find My Drunk: the app's friend finder allows you to track your drunk friends via GPS so you don't lose them when you are out partying.
  3. Breadcrumbs: Drunk Mode shows you where you went last night after that crazy party or bar crawl!
  4. Find a Safe Ride Home: Quickly find a ride home or walking directions to your friend's locations.
  5. Hotspots: Find the best parties around you in select cities and colleges with heat maps that display in real time how busy an area is and the girl-to-guy ratio — kind of like what happens now on Snapchat maps!

In a nutshell, Drunk Mode doubles as both a party app and a safety app for you to find friends, stop drunk dialing and track where you went last night. (Drunk Mode)

What's your go-to safety app?

Is there an app that you feel secure and safe with that you use on a regular basis? Maybe there's a safety app you've heard of that does even more to protect you than the ones we've suggested?

Let us know how you get home safely and which apps are your top picks in the comments below and we'll be sure to check them out!

And please stay safe out there! ❤️

Cella Lao Rousseau

Cella writes for iMore on social and photography. She's a true crime enthusiast, bestselling horror author, lipstick collector, buzzkill, and Sicilian. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram: @hellorousseau