The popular instant messaging app WhatsApp has rolled out a new feature that allows you share your location in real-time with your family or friends. Whether you’re meeting up with friends, letting loved ones know you’re safe, or sharing your commute, WhatsApp Live Location feature is a simple and secure way to let people know where you are. 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.

WhatsApp Live Location Feature

How WhatsApp Live Location Feature Works?

  1. Open a chat with the person or group you want to share with.
  2. Under “Location” in the attach button, there’s a new option to “Share Live Location.”
  3. Choose for how long you want to share and tap send.
  4. Each person in the chat will be able to see your real-time location on a map.
  5. And if more than one person shares their Live Location in the group, all locations will be visible on the same map.

WhatsApp live location feature is available on both Android and iPhone.

The new live location feature is available on the latest update provided by WhatsApp on October 27, 2017. (2.17.401)

The live location sharing feature is not new though. Even WhatsApp parent company Facebook has implemented this feature in Facebook Messenger back in March. Google Maps has also offered a similar feature since earlier this year.

WhatsApp’s competitor Snapchat introduced the live location sharing feature in June. The Snap Map shows your friends on the Map with their Bitmoji. Sometimes, their Bitmojis might even show them driving, walking, or more! If they don’t have their Bitmoji account linked, then you’ll see them as a blank Bitmoji outline.

Earlier this month, another WhatsApp competitor and instant messaging app, Telegram also implemented the feature to broadcast your current location to any chat in real-time. Instead of sending static locations on the map every minute, you can now share your Live Location with the people you’re meeting – for 15minutes, 1 hour, or 8 hours. The feature is almost similar to the one implemented by WhatsApp.

Benefits of Live Location Sharing and Our Take

The new WhatsApp Live Location feature is a really useful real-world use case. Whenever there is an emergency, people can make use of live location feature and it will help others to locate them easily. With increasing crimes, the parents are worried about their kids security. Instead of installing the other live location sharing app, people can now make use of WhatsApp itself. This feature helps in accessing real-time live location-based on which your trusted contacts can track you if there is a need. Also the user has full rights on privacy as well on whether to share the location or not. Even they can control the time to share the location details.

Clearly the standalone location sharing apps such as Life360, CatchMe, Glympse are the losers because of this new feature implemented by instant messaging apps.

 

You can download WhatsApp for Android, iPhone and Windows Phone.

 

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