WhatsApp recently introduced a new live location sharing feature. With this feature, WhatsApp users will not only be able to share their current their location with users but also let your friend track you in real-time. The Facebook-owned messaging platform said that it will roll out this live location sharing feature in the upcoming days. Living to its promises, WhatsApp starts rolling out the feature for both Android and iOS users.
With this feature, WhatsApp is aiming at letting people know that their friends and family members are safe. Explaining the key thought behind this live location sharing feature WhatsApp note, “Whether you’re meeting up with friends, letting loved ones know you’re safe, or sharing your commute.” The Facebook-owned messaging platform further notes that the live location feature “is a simple and secure way to let people know where you are.”
Here’s how it works:
–Open the WhatsApp app and open the chat of the person you wish to share your live location with
–Go to the attach option and click on ‘Location’ option
–Make your phones GPS setting is enabled
–Now, there will a map on the top half of the screen, while the second half will show ‘Share live location option’ followed by the nearest places option
–Click on Share live location
–You can now set the time. This is for how long you wish to share your location with your selected contact. The minimum time is 15 min. Below the timings, you can also send any message that you wish to and click on the send icon.
–There’s also a ‘Stop sharing’ option. With this, you can stop sharing your live location whenever you want.
The new live location sharing feature, as claimed by WhatsApp is end-to-end encrypted, which means that the location that you share will be between you and the contact you share with and no one else can access the information. “When end-to-end encrypted, your messages, photos, videos, voice messages, documents, status updates, and calls are secured from falling into the wrong hands,” explains WhatsApp. “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 expires,” adds WhatsApp.
The live location sharing feature WhatsApp lets you share location with either individual or group. If you wish to share the live location with a group, all the members present in the group will be able to see your location and real-time movement.