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October 18, 2017

You Can Now Securely Share Your Location in Real-Time Via WhatsApp

WhatsApp has launched a secure way for you to share your location in real-time with family or friends.

The Facebook-owned instant messaging service is rolling out the new feature in the “coming weeks” for both Android and iPhone users.

“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,” WhatsApp said in a blog post. “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.”

To use the new functionality, simply open a chat with the person or group you wish to share with. Go to ‘Location’ under the attach button and choose the new option to ‘Share Live Location.’ Next, choose for how long you wish to share and then hit send.

Once that is done, every person you invited to the chat will be able to see your real-time location on a map. If another person in your group shares their live location it will also be visible on the same map.

The new feature may come in handy for finding friends in unfamiliar locations or for confirming safe arrival at a destination.


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Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.

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