How to track or share location in real time of friends or family using WhatsApp – New Feature

WhatsApp has added a new feature to its arsenal of useful features in the Instant messaging App which allows users to “Track their contacts in real time”. Earlier WhatsApp let us share the location to any user which we wanted to but now this feature which is Live Location Tracking has been seen in the beta version of WhatsApp for Android (version 2.16.399) and for iOS (version 2.17.3.28).

If you are worried if every contact in your friends list will be able to view your location in real-time, that is not the case as this feature is available in Group chats and the user need to enable to option of Live Location Tracking which is available for a limited period of time – 1 min, 2 mins or 5 mins. This helps in keeping our privacy as this feature will not be activated automatically but needs to be activated by the user.

How to enable or send WhatsApp Live Location
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How to Enable Live Location Tracking in WhatsApp Group Chats for meet ups:

  • The feature is available in Beta version of the app at the moment and will be rolled out to the final version shortly.
  • From any Group you want to share you live location in, tap on the Share Icon on the right side top of the screen
  • From the Drop down menu you need select on the “Location” which was earlier used to share the current location
  • Now you will be getting the option to choose the duration of the Live location tracking by the members of the Group – 1 min, 2 mins or 5 mins
  • Select any one of the above mentioned times as per your requirement and tap on Ok and your current location will be shared with the group members

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This feature of sharing Live location tracking in WhatsApp will be very useful in tracking your friends or family in case of any get together or an event which you might have planned in the group. WhatsApp has been constantly evolving with the engineers putting in many new features to compete with the ever increasing competition from other Instant Messaging services in the market. WhatsApp is said to come up with yet another useful feature – To let users delete / recall sent messages which have not been read by the other user which can be pretty useful in many circumstances.

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