Meeting up with friends, whether it be for a big party or a small gathering should now be far simpler thanks to WhatsApp’s new Live Location feature. Live Location allows a WhatsApp user to share his/her exact location on a map with another user/s within a chat or group.
A WhatsApp spokesperson told PCMag in an email that “Whether you’re meeting up with friends at a festival, letting your family members know you’re safe, or sharing your commute with your spouse, Live Location is a simple and secure way to let your family and friends know where you are.”
But Is It Safe?
The first question that will come to mind when considering any app that shares your location is safety, but WhatsApp has ensured us that Live Location is as safe as it gets. Live Location uses the same super safe end-to-end security encryption that your regular WhatsApp messages use, which means that only the person whom you intend to receive your location will in fact be able to see it.
How Live Location Works
To get started with Live Location simply open a WhatsApp chat with a group or an individual and look for and select the attach option. After selecting attach you will be greeted with a choose location option, select this then select share live location. After selecting to share your live location, simply select the amount of time that you want your live location to be displayed whether it be 8 hours, 1 hour or 15 minutes, and your live location will begin to be displayed on a map for the other user/s.
Your Live Location will be displayed for the total amount of time that you’ve selected, but you are completely free to stop displaying your location whenever you decide to. If you are in a chat multiple persons can also choose to display their live location which will all be displayed on the same map.
When Will You Get The Update
Starting today, the WhatsApp Live Update will start to go out to persons across the world and should be reaching everyone in the coming days.
Be Careful Whom You Share Your Live Location With
WhatsApp Live Location is safe, no one other that your intended party/s will be able so see your live location, but many times it’s the person/s whom you think you can trust, become the ones that you shouldn’t. As a precaution, before sharing your Live Location with multiple persons within a chat, please ensure that you know who these persons are.