After the last update, Whatsapp has added an important new feature to its application: real-time location sharing.
While it has long been possible to share the location with Whatsapp and tell friends where we are, with the latest version of the chat you can also make sure that the friend (or group of friends) with whom you share the position can follow our movements in real time, seeing us move on his map.
You can then use Whatsapp as a GPS locator to know where a person is at any time.
To use the location sharing feature in Whatsapp, open a chat with the person we want to locate, tap the paper clip icon, which allows you to send photos and files, and choose Location.
While it was only possible to send the position of our location or a place nearby such as a bar or other addresses, you can now also tap the button to share the current position so that you can also follow the movements in real time on the phone of the recipient.
You can then choose how long to share the location, whether an hour, 15 minutes or 8 hours and add a comment if you want.
The group’s chat room will show the map with our photo of the reduced profile that is used as a position indicator.
By tapping on the map, you will open up a large Google Maps so that you can follow exactly where we are, in real time.
If you share your location, you can stop sharing by clicking on the message on the chat or going to Settings > Account > Privacy to find the current location option.
In this section you can find all the chats in which we are sharing the location to be able to manually interrupt it before the end, if necessary.
NOTE: Real-time location sharing on Whatsapp, being a new feature, can only be used with contacts that have installed the updated version of the application on iPhone and Android.
I remember that real time sharing can also be done using other applications to find yourself and “pawn” with friends or family, including Google Maps and Facebook Messenger.