How to Use WhatsApp Live Location Feature

A few days ago WhatsApp released its live location feature which allows users to share their location with their contacts on a live timeline. This means that the person with whom you have shared your live location with will be able to track you until you turn it off. This is a very handy feature for so many reasons. Firstly, it’s a great tool for people meeting at a common place. They can share their live location status with each other ensuring that they meet at the same location and at the same time. So here is the How to Use WhatsApp Live Location Feature.

How to Use WhatsApp Live Location Feature

Share Live Location on WhatsApp in Android or iPhone

The feature is embedded in the same field from where you could share your static location with people in the past. If you didn’t know how to do that, just follow the steps to learn how you can share your live location data.

1. Launch WhatsApp and open the chat field of the person you want to share your location with. Now, tap on the attachments icon marked in the picture below.

WhatsApp live location step 1

2. Here, tap on “Location”. On this page, you can see that you can either share your current location or your live location. When you share your current location, a person can track where you are right now, which is not what we want.

WhatsApp live location step 2

3. Now, there will be a pop-card explaining the feature, you can tap it to learn more. But, since I already explained it, just tap on “Continue”. Here, you can specify, how long you want the other person to track your location. You get three options to choose from (15 minutes, 1 hour, and 8 hours). Select the time, enter any comments if you want to, and then hit send.

WhatsApp live location step 3

4. Now, you might be wondering, what if I want to share my location data for more than one hour but less than 8 hours. Well, in that case, first share your location for 8 hours. When you want to stop sharing your data , just open the chat of the person you have shared your live location with and then tap on “Stop sharing”. This will stop WhatsApp from sharing your live location.

WhatsApp live location step 4

As you can, using WhatsApp to share your location data live is pretty easy. One thing I would like to mention here is that if for some reason you are not using WhatsApp, you can utilise this feature using the Google Maps. Just launch the Google Maps and tap on the Hamburger menu. There you will find the option to share your live location using any messaging or email services.

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