It looks like sharing your real-time location is becoming quite popular these days. Google started a live location sharing service on its Google Maps app earlier this year, Facebook Messenger did the same a little later, Telegram introduced a similar feature just last week, and now, it’s WhatsApp’s turn. WhatsApp recently announced that they are rolling out a new Live Location feature to its app.
Use Live Location to plan a party somewhere somewhere, monitor your children or an elderly on their commute, or let your loved one know your whereabouts. The end-to-end encrypted feature is similar to what other apps are offering, giving you the ability to choose who to share with and for how long, as well as to easily stop sharing at anytime you want.
Live Location on WhatsApp will be rolled out to WhatsApp for iOS and Android “in the coming weeks”. Once you receive your update, just tap on Location in the attach button and you will see a new option to “Share Live Location”. Tap on that, pick the duration you wish to share your location for (15 minutes, 1 hour or 8 hours), add a comment and share your location. You can share your location with a single or group chat. WhatsApp says that “each person in the chat will be able to see your real-time location on a map. And if more than one person shares their Live Location in the group, all locations will be visible on the same map.”
Check out WhatsApp to find out more about upcoming Live Location feature.
(Source: WhatsApp Blog)