WhatsApp allows you to Share your location in real time with your family and friends, both in individual and Group Chats. You will find below more details about WhatsApp Live Location Sharing feature and the steps to Share Your Live Location on WhatsApp using iPhone and Android.
WhatsApp Live Location Sharing
As you must be aware, WhatsApp already allows you to share your present Location with any of your Contacts. However, this feature shares information about your present static location and is only useful for guiding someone to reach your present location.
The newly introduced, WhatsApp Live Location Sharing Feature goes much further, it allows you to track the location of your friends or family members in real time, allowing you to see how far they are from you (in real time).
For example, you can ask your family members to share their Live Location with you on WhatsApp, so that you can know where they are on their commute back home.
Similarly, you can share your Live location with a WhatsApp Group while arriving for a party, allowing the Group members to see how far you have arrived at the party location.
How to Share Your Live Location on WhatsApp
In order to Share Your Live Location on WhatsApp, you need to make sure that WhatsApp has permission to access your Location by going to Settings > WhatsApp > Location > on the Location screen tap on Always (See image below)
On Stock Android Phones: Tap on Settings > Apps > WhatsApp > Permissions > Toggle ON the option for Location.
Once WhatsApp is able to access your Location, follow the steps below to Share Your Live Location on WhatsApp with any of your individual or Group Contacts.
1. Open WhatsApp on your iPhone or Android Phone.
2. Open a message with a Person or the Group that you want to share your Live Location with.
3. Next, tap on the Plus button or the Attach Icon (Android phone) located at the bottom left corner of your screen.
4. On the slide up menu that appears, tap on the Location option.
5. Next, tap on Share Live Location option.
6. On the next slide-up menu, select the time period up to which you want your Live Location on WhatsApp to be visible to your Contact and then tap on the Send button (See image below)
Your Contact will receive Your live location in the form of a thumbnail indicating your “Initial Location” and your “Live Until Time”. Tapping on the thumbnail or View Live Location option will take your contact to a Live Map, clearly showing your Real Time or Live Location.
Is It Safe to Share Your Live Location on WhatsApp
The WhatsApp Live Location Feature is temporary in nature, it allows you to share your real time location with others for a period of 15 minutes, 1 hour, and 8 hours.
After the set period is over, WhatsApp will stop sharing your Live Location. Also, you can manually stop sharing your Live Location with your Contact at any time.
According to WhatsApp, its Live Location sharing feature is secured by end to end encryption and allows only the people that you share your location with to see your location.
Comparison With Live Location Sharing on Google Maps and iMessage
WhatsApp Live Location Sharing is similar to real time Location Sharing feature in Google Maps and Apple’s iMessage App.
Apple’s iMessage allow users to share their Live location using Apple Maps for an hour, until the end of the day, or indefinitely. Similarly, the Live Location Sharing feature in Google Maps allows users to share their Live Location for a fixed period of time or permanently.
However, Google Maps makes use of links to share your location and this can be a privacy concern, in case the link to your real time location is further shared without your knowledge.
As mentioned above, WhatsApp Live Location feature is secured by end-to-end encryption and allows only your Contact to see your real time location.