Today, WhatsApp announced a new feature that will allow location sharing between friends. The feature allows you to share your real-time location with your family or friends.
In their blog post, WhatsApp writes:
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. This end-to-end encrypted feature lets you control who you share with and for how long. You can choose to stop sharing at any time or let the Live Location timer simply expire.
At a time when people are concerned about safety and privacy, WhatsApp makes it clear that this feature will be encrypted and safe to use for everyone.
To use it, open a chat with the person or group you want to share your location with. Under “Location” in the attach button, there will be a new feature that says “Share Live Location.” From there, you can share how long you would like to share your location for and then tap send.
Each person in the group you shared your location with will then be able to see your location in real time. This means that if another friend shares their location in the same group chat, you’ll be able to see each other on a map and meet up. As long as location sharing takes place in the same group, the real-time locations will show up on the same map.
The Live Location feature will be coming to iPhone and Android in the next few weeks. Keep your WhatsApp app up to date, and you should be able to use it as soon as it rolls out to everyone.
WhatsApp is a “freeware” messaging service that doesn’t use your phone plan, instead using the Internet to make voice or video calls, send text messages or other items. Location sharing has been available through the app for awhile, but this is the first time that real-time location sharing services will be available through the app.