From now on you can share the location in real time from WhatsApp, that is, it will update as you move. It will work with the same point-to-point encryption technology as your chats.

For some years it is possible to send your current location to your WhatsApp contacts, but in case you move you have to re-share it with the new coordinates.

Today the application has activated a new feature that allows you to share in a simple and above all secure your location in real time, that is, that changes as you move. Your location can be shared for minutes or hours with selected contacts and you can deactivate it at any time.

To share your location in real time using WhatsApp you must follow the following steps:

  1. Open a chat with the person or group where you want to share it.
  2. Touch the Attach button and select location, as you have always done.
  3. A new option will appear: “Real-time location”.
  4. Select the duration by which you want to share your location and press Send.

At that time your location will be displayed with changes in real time. In case several people share in a group, the positions of each of the participants can be seen on the same map, with immediate updates.

The real-time location is not active for all people, but will be made available step by step, little by little in time. Simply update to the latest version of the app and wait for the option to appear.

One of the most important features of WhatsApp’s new real-time location option is that it is done with the same point-to-point encryption that uses the service for your chats, voice memos and videos. That is, it is guaranteed that your location can be seen only by the people to whom you share them and no one else.


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