The instant social messaging app WhatsApp has almost 600 million monthly active users, who use this app for various purposes. Most use this app to share messages, videos and audios, but did you know that you can even do some other things with this app? There is an interesting feature that many don’t know about. Sharing your location with your friends is one of them and using WhatsApp you can send a map view of your current location to any of your contacts, as easily as you would send a picture or a video.
So, if you are meeting up with your friends and want to tell them exactly where to come then you can share your location on WhatsApp. Similarly, if you are out and want to share your location with your loved ones for safety sake this feature will be very useful. The location will show up as a preview in chat, and on tapping it the map view opens.
Here are a few simple steps to use this feature but before you are able to share your location with the people around you, make sure that you have location services turned on for WhatsApp:
How to share your location on WhatsApp
- For android phone – firstly, open WhatsApp and select the chat or contact of your choice. Then click on the paperclip icon located on the upper right hand corner of your WhatsApp screen. Now select Location. Then wait for the app to detect your current location on the map. Once your position has been located, click on either Send my current location, or choose any nearby points of interest. You can also click on the magnifying glass on the top of your screen to find a specific location to send to your contact like a store or a restaurant.
- For iPhone – iPhone users can turn on their location settings by going to their Settings app then click on Privacy and next on Location Services. Under Allow Location Access, select the While using the app option. Then click on the arrow icon located to the left of the chat field. Now you can select the Share my location option from the option list. Now you will see a map on your screen with a list of close by points of interest. Click on any of the options to send the location and address. You can also select the option which says Send Your Location and it will send your contact the map.
- BB10 OS – First go to WhatsApp, now open a new chat or go to an existing conversation. Then tap on the vertical dots Menu button and select the send location option to send your location.
The next time you are planning to meet someone, try WhatsApp’s really amazing location-sharing feature. It is one of the best features if you want to share your location as a link, to find people in a crowded place. So, what are you waiting for? Try this really amazing feature today and see how easy it is to locate people using this feature of WhatsApp.