Facebook updates Messenger for Apple's iPhone & iPad with Live Location sharing

in iPhone edited March 2017
Facebook on Monday began rolling out a new feature -- Live Location -- to its Messenger apps for iOS and Android, just days after Google announced a similar feature for Google Maps.

Unlike Google's option, Messenger sharing is limited to 1 hour. People will in fact see a clock in the lower-right corner of a map indicating how much time is left, and have access to a prominent "Stop Sharing" button for ending tracking immediately.

The feature meanwhile incorporates ETA estimates for car travel, which can be seen by both senders and recipients.

At the moment the new technology is still rolling out worldwide. When available, it can be launched in the same way as the static location sharing Messenger has had for some time.

Apple offers somewhat similar location tracking in the form of Find My Friends and Messages, including travel ETAs and time limits. Both Apple and Google offer options to share location indefinitely in the case of trusted people, like family.

Apple Maps also lets users share their location, but in static form.


  • Reply 1 of 3
    scotty321scotty321 Posts: 313member
    This article is incorrect about Apple's offerings. Apple offers live location sharing within the Messages app on iOS.
  • Reply 2 of 3
    elijahgelijahg Posts: 2,780member
    Why would anyone want to allow Facebook to track your location? The least trustworthy company I can think of. Before long they'll be selling that data to advertisers so they know when you're near and can hang out the door of a shop you visited once to drag you inside. Oh and sell it to whichever criminal has enough dough so they know when you're away and come and break into your house.
  • Reply 3 of 3
    jcallowsjcallows Posts: 150member
    meh.  the feature everybody really wants is the ability to log out of messenger easily.  or better yet, put messenger back into facebook like it was before and eliminate the separate messenger app altogether.
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