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WhatsApp: send location

WhatsApp makes it easy to send your location to friends. In this practical tip, we will explain how to do this.

iOS: Send location via Whatsapp

You can share your current position with your friends using the location function. The live location transmits your position for a desired longer time, so that movements are also transmitted.

  1. Open the chat with one of your friends and tap the arrow at the bottom left of the screen.
  2. Several options now appear: Select the item "Location" and wait a few seconds.
  3. Your exact location will now be determined by GPS. You can then "Send my own location" or send the location of a place in your area.
  4. These locations are shown to you in a short list. These include restaurants, businesses, and attractions, among others.
  5. Tip: You can use the Share Live Location option to share your location with the contact for 15 minutes, 1 or 8 hours.

Android: Share location via Whatsapp

The location function works quite similarly on the Android smartphone.

  1. Open the chat with one of your friends and tap the paper clip in the lower right corner of the text field.
  2. Various options now appear: Select the "Location" item.
  3. After a few seconds your exact position will be shown on the map. You can either send this location directly or select a location from your area and send it.
  4. If you select the "Share live location" option, you have the option of sharing your location for a longer period of time. This is how your friends will find you, even if you keep moving.

In the next practical tip, we will show you how to change your name on WhatsApp.

(Original tip written by: Tim Aschermann)