You Can Now Share Your Real-time Location with Facebook Messenger

Just days after Google announced its real-time map sharing feature for Maps, comes Facebook’s own take of it. The feature, called ‘Live Location’, will roll in the latest update to the billion or so users of Messenger over the coming few days.

Once enabled, Live Location will allow your friends to track you in real-time for up to 60 minutes on a trot. Once you’ve selected your drop off location, a little timer will show them how long it’ll take you to arrive. The feature can be stopped anytime by tapping Stop Sharing. Another clock will tell you how much longer the location-sharing option will be available.

The Live Location option will be available in the same row of options on Messenger as GIFs, games, Like and stickers. You’ll need to enable your location once you select it. Static points on the map can be shared with friends even after the arrival of Live Locations.

The feature will be available on both iOS and Android so look out for it in the upcoming update.

Similar features have been available on iMessage and others for quite a while now. This latest move appears to be yet another attempt by the social network to close the gap to rivals by cloning functionality.


  • Shahrukh

    So they just copied Google Maps new real-time location sharing option.

    • Shahid Saleem

      Practically no one has google maps with real-time location right now.

      Besides, you could share location with circles in Google+ for at least 3 years, Facebook is LATE.

      • Shahrukh

        Google removed that feature from G+ to put it in Maps

        • Shahid Saleem

          Yes, but practically no one has it in their google maps. even i run beta versions of google maps (you can install it from the play store) and i don’t have location sharing.

        • Naveed

          Maps is showing this feature but restricted due to country laws. Any solution please ?