Earlier this year, Google added the live location sharing feature to its Maps app. A few days ago, the instant messaging app Telegram added a ton of feature including the live location sharing feature. Now, Facebook’s WhatsApp is the latest app to add an option to share the live location. This same feature was earlier spotted in the beta version and is now made available with the latest public update for Android and iOS apps.
What can you do with this feature?
With this feature, the user can share the location in real-time with family and friends. WhatsApp also mentioned the information to be end-to-end encrypted and the users will have complete control over the settings. The users can select the contacts to share the location along with duration. Earlier to this, the WhatsApp used to have an option to share the location. Now, the new live location sharing feature can also be spotted in the same attachments menu.
How to share live location in WhatsApp?
In the Chat window, the user has to tap on the attachments icon placed beside the camera icon. Once the menu popped up, the user can find the Location option in the bottom row. The Share Live Location will be newly seen in the location menu. The user also has to set the time interval for sharing the live information. The recipient contact will receive the rich preview in the chat. Once opened, the bubble with display picture will be shown on the map along with the remaining time limit.
There is also Stop Sharing button below the rich preview, where you can tap on it to immediately stop sharing. If there are more than one locations shared within the group chat, the user can see the same number of bubbles on the map with their respective profile pictures. Once you update the app from Play Store, you can find this new option. However, the feature will be rolled out globally within the next few weeks for all the Android and iOS devices.