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On their blog today WhatsApp announced that they are rolling out live location sharing to their iOS and Android apps.
The feature appears very similar if not identical to the same feature on Facebook Messenger, which makes sense since the apps belong to the same parent company.
Live Location Sharing lets you share your location for a set period with specific contacts in a safe and encrypted fashion that the user controls. The feature is a supplement to the existing location sharing feature, which is one-time only rather than continuous.
To share your location you need to open a chat with the person or group you want to share with. Under “Location” in the attach button, there’s a new option to “Share Live Location.” Choose for how long you want to share and tap send. Each person in the chat will be able to see your real-time location on a map. And if more than one person shares their Live Location in the group, all locations will be visible 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. WhatsApp did not mention Windows phone support but does tend to keep the app up to date, if on a slight delay.