A simple trick to share location on WhatsApp

October 29, 2020

Thanks to location-sharing apps like WhatsApp, picking up the location of a friend or a family member has now become easier than ever. What’s remarkable about this Live Location feature sharing service is that it not only informs the members about your arrival time but also if you’ve made it safely to your destination or not. So, if you would like to share your real-time location for a specific amount of time with the participants of an individual or group chat, learn the trick to share location on WhatsApp.

How to share location on Whatsapp?

If you have a friend or a family member en route for a meetup at some place, you can share location on WhatsApp to connect with him instantly. Here’s how!

  1. Open WhatsApp service.
  2. Choose a contact and open your chats.
  3. Tap the ‘+’ icon at the bottom.
  4. Tap the Location option.
  5. Turn on Location Services to allow WhatsApp to find your location.
  6. Tap Send Your Current Location.
  7. Navigate using the directions.

In addition to sending texts, voice messages, share photos, videos, and documents privately, WhatsApp enables you to share your location.  See how to use WhatsApp to share location with friends.

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How to share the location on WhatsApp?

Open WhatsApp instant messaging service and choose a contact with which you would like to share your WhatsApp live location.

Add Icon WhatsApp
Add Icon WhatsApp

Just below the WhatsApp chats, you’ll find a Plus (+) icon.

Tap the icon to display a list of options.

WhatsApp Location Setting
WhatsApp Location Setting

Select Location from the list of options.

When prompted to enable Location Services to allow the app to determine your location, give permission.

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Send Your Current Location WhatsApp
Send Your Current Location WhatsApp

Now, simply tap the Send your current location option.

Share Current Location
Share Current Location

Your location will be shared instantly with the contact.

WhatsApp location not working?

If the feature is not working for you, go to WhatsApp Settings > Account > Privacy > Live Location and select the chat of the person to share the live location. Also, make sure, you have the Location Services enabled (see the above description).

Lastly, it is important to know that when you share your real-time location with someone on Whatsapp, a blue, blinking ring appears around the person’s thumbnail. It means you are connected to the Internet and the connection is working properly. However, when you see a red circle instead of blue, it means the Internet is disconnected. This is temporary. Once the connection is established, the ring turns blue again!

Hope that makes sense!

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