Thursday, October 19, 2017

How to Use New WhatsApp Live Location Features

No more hiding, WhatsApp knows your location and there is a new feature called WhatsApp Live Location which allows you share your location with your friends and groups while chatting with them.
Whatsapp live location
It's good to know that location Sharing is not a new feature in mobile apps because apps like Google Maps, Facebook Messenger, and Snapchat all uses it. It is a great way to let people know where you are, for instance, if you have travelled to a country or city that you are not familiar with. So how do you use this new feature? Well, before that, take this important message.


Note that this feature has just being announced and could take few days before reaching everywhere. All you need to do now is to keep tabs on the latest Whatsapp update via playstore for Android users and iTunes for iOS users. Once there is a new update, just click on "update" to get it.


Once the WhatsApp live location (location sharing) is available on the app, follow below steps to use it;

✔ Open a chat with the person 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

Hurray! By doing this, you have just sent your real-time location on a map to the recipient. Think of it working the same way your Uber driver is able to locate you (and vice-versa).
Use WhatsApp live location
READ: How To Pin a Chat on WhatsApp


WhatsApp Location Sharing works for groups as well, so you can share your location with a group you are chatting with and every one in that group will see your location same way. If multiple people in the group share their locations, all those locations will be visible on the same map. Nice.

READ: How to Send WhatsApp Voice Messages Using OK Google

The most important is WhatsApp Live Location has end-to-end encrypted feature which 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. Live Location is available for Android smartphones and iPhones.

Meanwhile, if you don't want your location to be tracked by WhatsApp, you just have to simply turn off location services from your phone settings. What's your thoughts on this?


  1. Well its partially good but security reason matters alot o. I will be sharing some of the disadvantages involved with sharing location

  2. Why is this a bad thing? Let’s take a look at several reasons why sharing your current, future, or past location could be dangerous:
    1. It Tells People Where You Are
    When you post a status update, picture, etc, you are tagging your current location. This tells people where you are right now. Depending on your privacy settings, this information could potentially go out to millions of strangers. Even if you only have this information set to be shared with your “friends”, you can’t guarantee that this information won’t find its way to non-friends or total strangers.

  3. 2. It Tells People Where You Aren’t
    Not only does your status information tell somebody where you currently are, it also tells them where you aren’t. This information can be just as dangerous in the hands of criminals,

  4. 3. It May Reveal Where Your Valuables Are Located
    When you take a picture with your Smartphone, you may not realize it, but you are also likely recording the exact GPS location of whatever you happen to be taking a picture of.

  5. 4. It May Reveal Information About Other People You Are With:
    We’ve learned a little bit about location privacy and why it’s important. You should also consider the safety of people who are with you when you snap that geotagged picture or when you tag them in a status update from a joint vacation. Tagging them puts them with you and is dangerous for the same reasons mentioned above

  6. Uche Festus You can avoid having your location shared when you are not willing to.

  7. The WhatsApp live Location tracking is used by many people for different purposes but, no matter why you need to use it, it’s always useful.

  8. Thanks for the informative update

  9. No matter the enormous amount of disadvantages as enumerated here by our bro, this feature has lots of advantages and I'm truly impressed with it

  10. WhatsApp announced on Wednesday that it’s adding live location sharing, making it easier to find your friends in real life with the Facebook-owned messaging app. It’s also great for sharing your commute so people know when you’ll arrive and that you’re safe.

  11. You may already be able to share your live location on WhatsApp (it currently works on my phone). To do it, open a conversation with a friend or group and tap on the plus button in the bottom left corner. Select Location and then tap on Share Live Location. You can decide how long you want to share (15 minutes, 1 hour or 8 hours) and add a comment if you want before confirming.

  12. Are you also aware that just like messaging and calling on Snapchat, sharing your location is protected by end-to-end encryption. You can also turn it off at any time you want.

  13. But let's ask ourselves this simple question, why is it whenever a new feature is introduced we always tend to look into the negative side of it rather than exploring the positive sides?

  14. And let's not forget that it's not a must that we turn our location on or share it with people.

    It's an optional thing so to say.

  15. @uche Uche Festus Youcan avoid havingyour location shared when you dont want to

  16. this is a nice development fr whatsapp...many improvement wil come soon

  17. now seeing the live whatsapp location.. i can say its nice
    but has some advantage nd disadvantage

  18. now the advantage is that it is very useful... u can send someone ur location to come nd find u instead of telling him/her ur address

  19. now the disadvantage is that its Very bad..someone can use it to track u down

  20. we must be very careful in using this app

  21. i can use the the live location but m still an amateur