Now, share your Live Location privately with Facebook Messenger

Trying to meet up with friends for a night out but not sure where they are? "Sharing your location will also help some of you feel safer on the way home", wrote David Marcus, Facebook's head of messaging products.

Users on Android devices - once the newest version of the app is downloaded and installed, it's just a matter of tapping the Location icon or tapping the More icon, then selecting Location.

The Facebook Messenger team today announced a new way for users to share their location in Messenger.

Starting today, Facebook Messenger will include a new feature called Live Location which tracks your position in real time, and displays it on a map which can be shared during a one-on-one or a group chat. In addition, once Live Location is activated, the contacts of the users who were allowed access to the information will only be able to do so for 60 minutes. Users can stop sharing their Live Location any time.

Sharing location information will be optional, he said, but it will also be live. The feature will update the user's location as they move. It will show an estimate of long it'll take you to get to others' locations by vehicle if they share where they are as well.

Google introduced a similar location-sharing feature last week, but there are a couple differences.

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. The feature is now rolling out to the masses across the globe on both Android and iOS.

Furthermore, Chudnovsky said Facebook believes users can use Live Location for conveniences and safety-related purposes.

Now tap on this blue button to start sharing your live location with the recipients for the next 60 minutes. A countdown clock will indicate how much more time your location will be visible. Users can then search for the location that they want to share or drag and drop the pin on the map and then hit Send.

  • Arturo Norris