WhatsApp Messenger Now Lets You Share Your Live Location

WhatsApp announced today that you'll be able to share your location in real time with friends on your contact list, a popular feature borrowed from its parent company Facebook.

Your area is shared at the visit level, which implies you can share your live area in a one-on-one WhatsApp discussion or a gathering talk. But WhatsApp product manager Zafir Khan says they paid particular attention to the feature's impact on battery life and made several optimizations so that it wouldn't be a huge drain, even if users were sharing location for long periods of time.

In a WhatsApp gathering, you can raise the gathering information and see all clients that are offering their area to the gathering by then. Given that Messenger has had it for a few months, it makes sense that the feature would eventually make its way to Facebook-owned WhatsApp.

"We trust that it gives utility in those situations where individuals are planning and getting together in reality".

"For now, we are really focused on the short-term sharing use case".

WhatsApp's live location sharing implementation is pretty similar to Telegram's, down to the choice of the three durations the users need to pick from.

If multiple friends in a group share their location, they'll all appear on the same map.

Live Location is available on both Android and iPhone and will be rolling out in the app in the coming weeks. If you are using WhatsApp Web and someone shares a live location with you, you will be shown a placeholder that will indicate that the live location can be seen on the phone. WhatsApp has more than 1 billion day by day dynamic clients, and more than 1.3 billion month to month dynamic clients.

"We were trying to solve the rendezvous problem: when you are meeting up with a group, when you want to share where you are when you are commuting, or when you want to let your loved ones know that you are safe".

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