No More Lying, Your WhatsApp Friends Now Knows Where You Are

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WhatsApp app users can now share their movements in real-time in the world’s most popular chatting app. Quoted from the Express page, this newest feature of WhatsApp is called Whatsapp Live Location which lets users track their chat partners’ movement for 30 minutes, an hour or eight hours at a time.

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WhatsApp Live Location Illustration

Previously, WhatsApp has allowed users to share their location as stationary places on a map. Now, when a user selects Live Location, the user’s friends can see their location on the map, which is automatically updated as they move.

WhatsApp has stated that its new feature is “a simple and safe way to let people know where you are”.

The end-to-end Whatsapp live location is encrypted – similar to messages, photos, videos and files you send in WhatsApp – which should remove some users’ fears about this feature. In addition, you can also choose to terminate the sharing of location prematurely before the end of the specified time period.

The Whatsapp Live Location feature is intended to be very useful for someone who is trying to meet a friend, or at least letting a loved one know that they are safe or just sharing a journey. To get started, turn on the location settings or GPS. Then, open WhatsApp conversations with the people or groups you want to share with. Under Location on the install button, there’s a new option for Live Location Sharing or Share Live Location.

WhatsApp will then ask you to choose how long you want to share your GPS data. Once you have decided, just click the Send button. Everyone in your selected chats can now see your real-time location on the map.

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And if more than one person shares their Live Locations in a group chat, all locations will be visible on the same map. The Whatsapp Live Location update is available on Android and iPhone. and will be available in the coming weeks.

3 COMMENTS

  1. I like this feature, But Whatsapp is behind the WeChat. The location sharing feature was already introduced on WeChat year ago and also in Apple’s iMessage.

    But I love to use WhatsApp and this features as well.

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