Snap Angel by Michael Jacobs (iPhone)
Released: Jan 25, 2013
Version: 1.0.101
Size: 3 MB
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Snap Angel

Michael Jacobs
You've broken down on the side of the road. A car stops by to help. Use Snap Angel to record the car's license plate before getting in.

You want to leave a party with someone you just met, but don't even know his last name? Use Snap Angel to take a picture of him before you go.

A stranger approaches you in the park, and won't leave. He might be harmless. He might not. Use Snap Angel to take his picture, and send it to the cloud.

Welcome to Snap Angel, the world's first cloud-based, personal-safety application.


Snap Angel is a mobile application that allows you to upload images and texts to the cloud whenever you find yourself in a situation where your safety is compromised. Snap Angel will keep these images and texts safe and secure, and record the location where they were taken, and give you the peace of mind of knowing that someone else knows where you are and who you were with.

Snap Angel is quick and easy to use. After taking a picture or sending a text with Snap Angel, it is instantly transmitted to cloud servers without requiring you to select names and phone numbers from your address book. Open the app. Take the picture. It's sent to Snap Angel, automatically. The evidence is in the cloud, off your phone, where you need it.

Don't be embarrassed to protect yourself. You have the right to enhance your safety. Snap Angel can help.


Let's face it. Teenagers, college students, and young people do really stupid things. You hitchhike. You go home from bars with strangers. You disappear at all hours of the night. And you don't want anyone else knowing what you are up to. And that's where Snap Angel comes in. With Snap Angel, you can quickly and easily protect yourself by recording who you've been with, cars you are riding in, and places you are going. You don't need to text a friend, or even a parent, but Snap Angel is there when you need it, in the cloud. Snap Angel can give friends and family confidence that you are taking extra steps to protect yourself.

If something should ever happen to you, the police can use a court order to see the pictures and text messages you have stored with Snap Angel. That's why we get them off your phone fast, and save them in the cloud.


The idea for Snap Angel was born after seeing the tragic stories of Maura Murray and Brooke Wilberger on an ABC News 20/20 episode in 2008.

Maura Murray was a 21-year old nursing student who disappeared in 2004 after getting stranded on the side of a road in New Hampshire and after refusing to get in a bus that had stopped by to help. Brooke Wilberger was a 19-year old college student who was abducted in Corvallis, Oregon while on vacation. The idea for Snap angel was further cemented after watching the story of Natalee Holloway, the teenager who left a restaurant in Aruba with three strange men in 2005 while on a graduation trip.

In each case, I wondered whether an application such as Snap Angel would have helped them. Would Maura have felt more comfortable getting in the bus if she could have sent a picture of the license plate to Snap Angel? Would Joran van der Sloot have hurt Natalee if she had taken his picture before leaving with him and his friends and sending it to the cloud?

After years of thinking that I couldn't help these tragic victims, and then more recently after seeing yet another story of a woman that left a local casino with a stranger never to be seen again, the time for inaction was over. Snap Angel could have helped these women. It could have taken pictures of their kidnappers. It could have recorded license plates. The police would have had an easy way to track down what happened to them. And there is no way I could sit still and not do something to help prevent this from happening again. Cloud-based safety can work! Snap Angel won't save everyone. But if it saves one person from suffering a tragedy, then I think it's worth it.

Snap Angel
Your safety is in the cloud.

What's new in version 1.0.101
Minor bug fixes. Graphical enhancement for iPhone 5.
Our verdict: Good
  • + Snap Angel is a highly rated app (5-star).
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