WhatsApp Launches ‘Live Location’ Sharing With End-To-End Encryption

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Oct 17, 2017
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WhatsApp is one of the most popular internet messaging apps on the market. While dealing with immense competition in the market, the messaging service has managed to remain on the top despite the pressure. The service, every now and then, introduces new features to its platform to allow users to make the most of it. Similarly, WhatsApp has today released a new location-sharing feature with end-to-end encryption. So let’s dive in to see some more details on the matter and how the company is aiming to secure its location sharing.

WhatsApp Announces It’s New And Secure ‘Live Location’ Sharing Feature

In its blog post, WhatsApp shared details on its newest Live Location feature. With the feature, individuals will be able to share their location on a per-chat basis. In addition to this, the shared location will be available for a limited amount of time. Moreover, users will also be able to stop the location sharing at any given point in time.

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In case when multiple users share their locations in the chat, you will be able to see everyone’s location on a single map. To make use of the new feature, all you have to do is tap on the attach button and then under the ”Location” option you will find the ”Share Live Location” button. Once you tap on the new option, your Live Location will be shared with your friends.

Whether you’re meeting up with friends, letting loved ones know you’re safe, or sharing your commute, Live Location is a simple and secure way to let people know where you are. This end-to-end encrypted feature 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.

As per WhatsApp, the new Live Location sharing feature is coming to both, iOS and Android. As for the time frame, the company notes that the feature will be rolling out over the next ”coming weeks”. This is definitely a neat feature as it not only shows your friends’ location on a single map, but it is end-to-end encrypted as well. This is the company’s take on sharing Live Locations as other companies have also released their share of the feature in their host platforms. There will be more to the story, so be sure to stay tuned in for more.

This is it for now, folks. What are your thoughts on WhatsApp’s new Live Location sharing feature? Do you think it’s a neat move from the company to make the new feature end-to-end encrypted? Share your views with us in the comments.

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