WhatsApp Introduces Live Location Sharing


Washington: WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned messaging service, is giving live location sharing over 1 billion users. They 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.

The feature, which will begin a gradual roll out starting today, can be accessed from the “attachment” button on the chat, and then going to location. Here, a user will see the option of sharing live location.

One will be able to share live location for a pre-defined period of 15 minutes, one hour, or eight hours. The recipient will see a card-like message with the option to “view live location” while the sender will see a button that says “Stop sharing” in red.

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.