Facebook Messenger Adds Live Location….Helps You Track Friends Seamlessly

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Similar to Apple’s Find My Friends, Glympse and  Google Maps, Facebook announced yesterday that it’s adding a Live Location feature into its Messenger app, aimed at bringing people together when they are not too far apart.

The new Messenger update which will be available globally on  iOS and Android  lets friends and family track their movements an hour at a time. The feature remains turned on for an hour, and friends receiving the location will also see an estimate of how long it would take to get to the person’s location by car.

“People tell us that Live Location is helpful when trying to coordinate with friends, telling people how close you are when you’re on your way to an appointment, or even sharing where you are with your roommate when you’re on your way home at night. You can share your Live Location with a group of friends in Messenger or just with one person”, Facebook said.

Here is how it works….

iOS

  • To share your Live Location in a message on iOS, tap the Location icon or tap the More icon and then select Location.
  • With the new update, you’ll see a map of your current location and the option to tap a blue bar to share your Live Location.
  • If you choose to share your Live Location, the person or people you share it with will be able to see where you are on a map for the next 60 minutes.
  • You’ll be able to see an estimate of how long it would take to get to others’ locations by car. (The Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) is seen by the person with whom the location is shared.)
  • You can stop sharing your Live Location at any time; just tap Stop Sharing.
  • A small clock in the lower right hand corner of the map will also let you know how much longer you’re sharing your location for.

Android

  • For Android, tap the Location icon or tap the More icon and then select Location.
  • You’ll see a map of your current location and the option to tap a blue bar to share your Live Location for 60 minutes. Just like on iOS, you’ll have the option to stop sharing your Live Location by tapping Stop Sharing, and you’ll see how much longer you’re sharing your Live Location for via a small countdown clock in the lower right hand corner of the map.

It’s still possible to share a static point on a map, too. For example, if you want to tell a friend which Amala or Nkwobi joint to meet you at, tap the location pin or the More icon, and then instead of choosing Share Live Location, tap the red pin in the upper right hand corner. From there, you can search for a place to share, or you can drag and drop the pin on the map and then, tap Send.