WhatsApp has announced a rather controversial new feature: the ability to share your live location with people in your contact list.
Up to now, we’ve been able to share our location with others, but only using a static pin for a one-time update. WhatsApp’s new Share-Location improves on this by adding the ability for us to share our live location and continuously update it in real-time.
Privacy experts might shriek in horror at the thought of live locations being beamed out in real time, but the rest of us might actually find the feature quite useful.
If you’re running late, for example, or if you feel unsafe walking home alone at night, this feature will allow others to always know where you are. You won’t have to keep explaining that you’re on your way, and you’ll feel a little safer knowing people who love you know exactly where you are.
If you are worried about privacy, you’ll be pleased to know that you’ll be the one who decides who can track your whereabouts and for how long. You’ll also be able to cut off your live location broadcast at any moment.
As is always the case with WhatsApp, this update will be rolling out gradually. If it hasn’t found its way to your phone yet, don’t worry, it will. In the meantime, check out this guide to how and when to send your live location safely.