Facebook Messenger now lets you send friends a map with your location
Facebook Messenger has never been shy about letting friends see your location. If you’ve got location enabled in a conversation, the person you’re chatting with can just tap on any message to see where you were when it was sent. But now Facebook is making it a bit easier to share other locations with your friends, family, and colleagues; a new feature coming to Messenger will let you share a location directly inside the conversation. And this doesn’t have to be your current position. You can share a meeting spot at a music festival or the restaurant where you’re meeting a friend for dinner. Facebook says this is replacing the old location feature.
With this update, you have full control over when and how you share your location information. You only send a location when you tap on the location pin and then choose to send it as a separate message. You can also share a location—like a meeting spot—even if you’re not there.
Facebook is quick to note that nothing is changing in terms of permissions or when it’s pinging for your whereabouts. “Messenger does not get location information from your device in the background — only each time you select a location and tap Send when you use the Messenger app,” the company said in a blog post. And of course, you’ve always got the option of disabling location entirely. This is just one of those “there when you need it” features.