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WhatsApp Download Available with a New Feature: ‘Live Location’ – How to Use It

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If your main way of communicating with your friends, family or even customers is WhatsApp, then we have great news for you!

There is a new useful feature that will allow you to share your location with whoever you want, in real-time. Whether you’re an iOS or an Android user, you can share your location for a period of time.

All you have to do is to select ‘Share Live Location’. As the feature is encrypted end to end, it will keep users secure and will also protect the privacy. Users can select to which people they want to share the location and they can also cancel this feature when they want to.

Expect to get this feature in the next weeks.

The company has announced the ‘Live Location’ option in a blog post, telling users that this feature is great when you are about to meet with friends or when you want to show your loved ones that you are safe. The company added that the option is a secure way of letting people know your whereabouts.

‘Sharing Live Location’ – How to Use It

When you chat with someone, you can to tap on the attach symbol and you will see under the ‘Location’ option the new feature: ‘Share Live Location’. From there, you can also select the time you want to share your location with that person: for 15 minutes, 1 hour, or even 8 hours. If you’re in a chat group and all users share their Live Location, you will see them all on the map.

Sharing Location is Available in Other Apps Too

The testing for this feature on WhatsApp started this year, but we’ve seen it on Messenger too – the Facebook app. This option is available since March, but it only allows you to share your location with friends or with a whole group for a single hour.

We can see a similar option in Google Maps. This June, Snapchat has introduced their ‘Actionmoji’ avatars that will show the location of users on a map.