WhatsApp has a beautiful Diwali gift to offer to users—Live location. WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned messaging service, is giving its over 1 billion users another reason to keep coming back to the app multiple times a day: live location sharing.
- WhatsApp live location sharing is designed for short-term use.
- You can share your location with an individual or in a group chat.
- It’s rolling out now to Android and iOS users
WhatsApp Live Location sharing 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,” explains WhatsApp. WhatsApp, of course, already gives you the option to share your current location with other users, but that’s a static, one-time share. They key difference with live location sharing is that it is dynamic and updates your location in real time, even when WhatsApp is in the background.
How does it work?
Open a chat with the person or group you want to share with. Under “Location” in the attach button, there’s a new option to “Share Live Location.” Choose for how long you want to share and tap send. 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.
How does it stack up against the competition?
There is Telegram, iMessage, Snapchat and Google Maps offering the same limited time live location sharing option. But very few people actually use this feature. With WhatsApp embracing the same ‘Live location’ sharing, more people will start using it and we can already sense how this noble feature could cause distress among users
The feature will be rolled out to both Android and iPhone in the coming weeks. The WhatsApp Live Location sharing feature is not permanent and you will have the option to share your real-time location for 15 minutes, 1 hour or 8 hours with someone or a group. You can stop sharing your real time location any time you want.
Source: Sasha Square