WhatsApp Introduces Live Location Sharing Designed for Short-Term Use

WhatsApp Introduces Live Location Sharing Designed for Short-Term Use

Highlights

  • You can share your location with an individual or in a group chat
  • WhatsApp live location sharing is designed for short-term use
  • It’s rolling out now to Android and iOS users

The New Feature:

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, of course, already gives you the option to share your current location with other users, but that’s a static, one-time share. The 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.

Live location is a way to share your location in a chat and the participants in that chat will then be able to see your real-time location as it updates on a map. “The short-term in nature, is limited in duration”, Zafir Khan, Product Manager at WhatsApp told Gadgets 360 while giving a demo of the feature earlier this week.

Your location is shared at the chat level, which means you can share your live location in a one-on-one WhatsApp conversation or a group chat.

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How Does It Work?

When you try to share your live location in a WhatsApp chat – by tapping the Attach icon on Android, or the Plus icon on the iPhone – you will be prompted to select the duration of time for which the share will be active.

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You can only choose from one of the preset options – 15 minutes, 1 hour (default), and 8 hours – and, optionally, add a comment. Khan said that these durations had been picked based on the common scenarios in which people are most likely to use WhatsApp live location sharing. Users can still choose to share a one-time, static location if they prefer.

You can manually stop sharing live location data within a chat at any given time. A new option in your Account Privacy settings will give you an overview of all WhatsApp chats you are sharing your live location in at the time.

What are your thoughts about the latest Whatsapp update? Do let us know in the comments section below.


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5 responses to “WhatsApp Introduces Live Location Sharing Designed for Short-Term Use”

  1. […] WhatsApp Introduces Live Location Sharing Designed for Short-Term Use […]

  2. Yogesh Mahar Avatar
    Yogesh Mahar

    Downloaded the update just now. It has some other minor tweaks as well.

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  4. […] Live Location feature(See image Downside) was also offered by various applications like Messenger, Google Maps, Telegram […]

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