WhatsApp turns on Live Location feature for Windows phone users

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WhatsApp has upgraded its app for Windows phone to version 2.18.106. It is a small update anyway, but it is important to bring it to the notice of Windows phone users that Live Location feature is now live. What that means is that you can now share your current location with your close contacts.

To try the feature, simply open a chat and tap the Attach icon, then Location. You will see a new option called Share live location. You can choose how long the Live Location will be shared in a specific chat if you select it.

Just like in other versions [iOS and Android], a new alert will inform you what is the Live Location, and that you can stop sharing it whenever you feel like.

To stop sharing it after sending the Live Location, a new bubble in the chat will be displayed, and you can then choose to stop it, reports WABetaInfo.

Live Location is integrated with WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption, which means you and the recipient can see it. To further keep your conversation private, you can choose to delete a Live Location for everyone—giving WhatsApp permission to automatically stop sharing it.

In other WhatsApp news, users will soon be able to make group video calls as the company is planning to roll out the feature pretty soon. The group video calls is one of several new changes and additions being made to the app by WhatsApp. Among other additions, the Facebook-owned app is adding stickers and the Restrict feature also for group chat.

Facebook announced the upcoming changes during its annual F8 developer conference. The group video calls, according to WhatsApp director Mubarik Imam, will be rolling out in the next couple of months.

The Verge reports that the example video indicates that “calls will allow four people to simultaneously participate.” With over 450 million daily users, and over 2 billion minutes of video and audio calls daily through the app, there is no doubt that the time to step up the game is now.

WhatsApp is also adding stickers, which brings the app at per with other popular chat apps like Messenger, Line and WeChat. What’s more? Third-parties will also be allowed to their own collections of stickers.

Following the successful launch of WhatsApp Business on Android a couple of months ago, the Facebook-owned app has announced that it will start charging major brands for additional perks to enable them reach as many customers as possible.

WhatsApp has opted to make its group chat feature even more appealing to users by adding a “Restrict” feature. A new “Restrict” feature, according to WABetaInfo, is being added to give admin more power.

Still in beta, the feature is available in the iOS, Android and Windows version of the app. The Restrict feature has already rolled out to every user on 2.18.132 on Android. As a matter of fact, Android users will need to upgrade to version 2.18.132 in order to remotely receive the activation of the feature on their phones.

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Author: Ola Ric

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