Published: Tue, March 28, 2017
Markets | By Terence Owen

Facebook adds live location-sharing to Messenger

Facebook adds live location-sharing to Messenger

Facebook has announced Live Location for Messenger users which allows you to share your current location with a friend or group for up to an hour.

Now tap on this blue button to start sharing your live location with the recipients for the next 60 minutes.

"You can change your mind and stop sharing at any time - it's entirely up to you".

Users now have the option to tap the blue icon on Google Maps to remember their parking spot and know how much time is left in the parking meter.

Both iOS and Android users may choose to stop sharing their Live Location before the standard 60-minute share period is up.

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In addition, the technology will also enable users to gain directions to various destinations and find nearby places of interest, such as restaurants, successfully enabling the planning of a number of itineraries. The feature also allows your friends see how long it will take you to get to them by vehicle.

Live Location is Facebook's second big attempt at maps in Messenger after its first one blew up into a privacy scandal and was scrapped in 2015. You can also drag and drop the red pin, before hitting Send to share your static location. This would no doubt be helpful if you're waiting for a friend to pick you up for a night out on the town, etc.

With an iPhone or iPad, users will need to tap the Location icon or the More icon, then Location.

"Many of use make plans on Messenger that involve finding each other, or letting friends and loved ones know we're on the way", Marcus wrote in a blog post. But Facebook tells me it feels confident that Live Location uses a standard amount of battery and won't impact how Messenger or your phone runs.

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