WhatsApp Announces a Way to Share Your ‘Live Location’


WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging apps out there, and the company has just announced a new way to share your location while chatting.

In a blog post today, WhatsApp officially announced a way to share your location in real-time with people you are conversing with. At face value it looks like just another way to let people know where you are, but there’s an added benefit to WhatsApp’s effort: End-to-end encryption for that shared location.

“Today, we’re rolling out a new feature that allows you to share your location in real-time with family or friends. Whether you’re meeting up with friends, letting loved ones know you’re safe, or sharing your commute, Live Location 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.”

To get it to work, you’ll need to make sure that you’re using the most up-to-date version of the iOS app. Then, open up a chat with an individual or group that you want to share your location with. There’s a “Location” option in the attach section of the chat, and there touch the “Share Live Location.” You will be able to select the length of time your location is shared and then just hit send.

Once that is done, each person in the chat will be able to keep tabs on you in real-time. There’s a built-in map that will show a small icon of the person sharing their location. And if this is a group chat where multiple people are sharing their location, each icon will appear on the map in real-time.

The new location sharing feature will begin rolling out over the next few weeks, and it will be available for both the iOS and Android apps.

What do you think of WhatsApp’s new feature?

[via WhatsApp Blog]

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