WhatsApp, the messaging app owned by Facebook since 2014 is adding one more feature to the app. The company announces to integrate the real-time location sharing option to its messaging app. Soon, the users will be able to share their location using the WhatsApp with their contacts.
The feature will be available for both iOS and Android users in WhatsApp app real soon. The feature, called the ‘Live location’ seems to be borrowed from parent company Facebook which it officially enrolled in the Messenger app in May.
In order to share your real-time location with friends on WhatsApp, first you need to upgrade the app from the App Store or Google Play store. Open a person or group chat and select the Location option under attachments and tap the ‘Share Live location’ button. You can also set the timer for the location, after the selected period of time the live location information will expire. You will see the icon of different users on the same map in case of multiple live location sharing.
According to WhatsApp, the live location sharing feature is also end-to-end encrypted by the company for user's safety. Additionally, the timer option with the location sharing also serves as a security feature. Users can also stop sharing their location anytime if they want. The location will be shared as a map in the chat with the sender’s icon on the map showing precise location. There is also a notice at the bottom saying ‘Last Until’ timer given by the sender to location sharing. By tapping the shared location in the chat a full map will open showing the last location update with the icon.
The location sharing feature is something that is catching up with the trends among the social media platforms. First Facebook, made it available in its Messenger app, a few months back Snapchat also added location sharing feature ‘Snap Map’ by acquiring Znely app. Snapchat is also using the location sharing as potential business giving option by adding Context cards to it. Maybe WhatsApp also has some future plans for its Live location sharing.