Popular messaging application WhatsApp has launched a new feature where users can inform their friends exactly where they are. WhatsApp’s live location share feature is short-term where you can control every angle regarding who to, when and for how long the update will work. This feature is particularly important in India, especially in those areas which are considered unsafe to travel at night. WhatsApp’s feature will be useful to tell friends and family where you are and if you are safe. This will be a brilliant method for friends and family to track you if you are expected somewhere or are on a trip.
Whatsapp blog said that the new feature is end to end encrypted. It said, “This end-to-end encrypted feature lets you control who you share with and for how long. You can choose to stop sharing at any time or let the Live Location timer simply expire.” Explaining the new real-time location sharing feature WhatsApp wrote: “Whether you’re meeting up with friends, letting loved ones know you’re safe, or sharing your commute.” The messaging platform further noted that the live location feature “is a simple and secure way to let people know where you are.”
The feature will be available for both Android and iOS users and is already live for most users in India. Facebook Messenger, Telegram and also Apple’s iMessage allow its users share live location in real-time.
How does Whatsapp Live Location feature work?
First, you need to update your WhatsApp app by going to the Google Play store. Now, open the app once you are done updating. You have to open a chat with the person or group you want to share with. Then under ‘Location’ in the ‘attachment’ button. You will now find the new option to ‘Share Live Location’.
You can select the duration, for how long you want to share and tap send. This means everyone in the chat will be able to see your real-time location on a map. The feature lets more than one person share their Live Location in the group. Your friend or family member will now be able to see your live location in real-time on a map.