If you have ever used WhatsApp, you may know that we can share our location on WhatsApp. Since WhatsApp is an application that sends messages to your contacts, it's essential to know how to share your location with your friends on WhatsApp.
It will be quite different to share a live location or send a current Location. Share live location involves that the location will change as the person sharing location moves while sending the current location only shares the current location latitude and longitude. Read on to find the different steps to follow up.
Part 1: Why You Need to Share Location on WhatsApp
Before we get into the details of different methods of sharing location on WhatsApp, let's revisit why exactly people share location on WhatsApp.
There are many reasons why people share their location on WhatsApp. The main reason is to inform their family and friends about where they are at that time, or if they have gone elsewhere. It can be handy when you have an emergency or want to meet someone.
Another reason is to share a place where you want to recommend. It makes life better to explore exciting places and share with your loved ones.
Part 2: How to Share Live Location on WhatsApp
You can share your live location if you want your friends to know where you are. This option is available for all users, but it must be enabled by default. To enable this feature, go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services and enable it there.
After that, whenever you want someone else to see where you are, please follow the below steps;
Step 1. Tap on the attachment icon on the bottom right corner of the screen in the chat box of that person.
Step 2. Select "Location" from the six options.
Step 3. Tap on "Share live location" and select the duration that you want others to know where you are.
If you share your location, anyone can always see where you are, whether you want it or not. If someone is stalking you, he can use this information to know when to turn up. So, you can stop sharing your location by following the below ways.
Way 1. While sharing a live WhatsApp location, WhatsApp will ask you for the time. Select a time for which you want to share the location. If you have selected 15 minutes, then WhatsApp will stop sharing your live location after that time.
Way 2. Once you share your live location, you can still stop location sharing manually. There will be an option under the live location message "Stop Sharing" click this option, and it will stop sharing your location.
Part 3: How to Send Current Location on WhatsApp
It is helpful if you want your friends to come to visit you and give them directions. Follow the steps to share the current location.
Step 1. Open WhatsApp and search for the name with who you want to share the location. It will open the chat box with that person.
Step 2. Now click on the attachment icon next to the box where you type messages.
Step 3. Six options will appear, and you can select "Location" from that option.
Step 4. You can select the "Send Your Current Location" option, and this will share your current longitude and latitude with that person.
The other person can open your message, showing your location on Google Maps, and he can easily find you without worrying about direction.
Part 4: How to Share Any Location on WhatsApp
WhatsApp is a popular messaging app that allows you to share virtually anything with your loved ones. You can send videos, audio files, documents, images, and locations.
If you want to share any location with someone, then the steps will help you do so quickly.
Step 1. Open WhatsApp chat with whom you want to share the location.
Step 2. Tap on the attachment icon, which will display six options from where you can tap on the "Location" option.
Step 3. Once you select that option, then at the top, you will find the search bar.
Step 4. Search for the location you want to share.
It will suggest the appropriate location, then select the location of your choice and share it with your loved one.
Share a Location Not Listed on Maps
The above method allows you to share any location listed on Google Maps. If a location is not listed in Google Maps, you will not find any location against such name. So, if you need to share any such location, then you can follow the following steps.
Step 1. Repeat the steps stated above, and instead of searching for the location of your choice, you should search for a known location near to your location of choice.
Step 2. Once you find that location, move the "Location Icon" on Google Maps to find the location you want to share.
Step 3. Once you find that location, you can settle that icon and click on share current location. It will share your location. You can also find the longitude and latitude of your location and share that.
Part 5: How to Use Google Maps to Share Location on WhatsApp
Google map is an excellent tool for sharing your location on WhatsApp. Here are some of the ways you can do this:
Step 1. Open the Google Map application on your phone and type in the place you want to share your location. You will see a dot appear on the map.
Step 2. Tap on that dot and see a menu with Share Location, Search, and More. Select Share Location on WhatsApp from the menu.
Step 3. Enter your friend's phone number and their name, and then tap the Send Request button to send your request to them via WhatsApp.
Step 4. When they open WhatsApp, they will receive a notification saying, "You have received a message from [name]", along with a link to view the shared location on Google maps.
Bonus: How to Track Real-time Location and Monitor WhatsApp Activities
There are many third-party apps available on the Google Play or App Store that can track the real-time location of a smartphone. For instance, if you want to track the location of your friends or family members, you can download an app like the AirDroid Parental Control app.
Track location in real-time and set safe zones
Watch and hear what is happening around your kids
Monitor WhatsApp activities by screen mirroring and syncing notification
Schedule when and how long your kids can use WhatsApp
As you can see, sharing your location on WhatsApp is not hard. But the WhatsApp location sharing feature leaves much to be desired, and there's no way to know if the person you're sharing your location with is telling the truth. I only shared my location with one of my contacts, and they still managed to get quite a bit of data out of me, which shows how quickly you can lose control of your privacy when using this service.
FAQs about Sharing Location on WhatsApp
Can I Share Your Location on WhatsApp Web?
Can Everybody See My Location When I Share It?
No, everybody can not see your location. Only the person you share your location with can see it on Google Maps. However, you can stop sharing your location by following the steps given above.
How Long Does Live Location Last on WhatsApp?
It depends on you because WhatsApp allows you to share your location anytime. But you can share your live location for a maximum of 8 hours.
How Accurate Is WhatsApp Live Location?
WhatsApp Live Location displays the user's exact location with an accuracy of 100 meters. The accuracy depends on many factors, such as network availability and signal strength. In areas with poor network coverage, we may not be able to provide precise location information.
How Often Does WhatsApp Live Location Update?
It depends on the Wi-Fi or data signal strength. It updates both receiver and sender mobile using GPS and Google Maps services.
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