In WhatsApp, you can send everything: messages, voice clips, photos, videos, contacts, documents and your location, either at a specific time or in real time. When sending location, you can choose between your current point or any location on the map, and depending on which you choose, it displays differently in chat.

In other words, by paying attention to a small detail, you will know if someone sent you the current location as is or used the WhatsApp search engine. In practice, this will help you detect when they send you a fake location, at least in some cases.

How to know if they send you current location or not

The trick to knowing if you have been sent a “fake” location is very simple, because you just have to be careful. When someone sends you the current location, the map preview in chat has no name or description. If a name or description is included below the card, they used the search engine or chose from the suggestions.

When submitting a location other than the “current” location, the location name and description are displayed

This simple trick has been available for a long time, although in the past WhatsApp differentiated itself even more, including different colored icons on the map. Today we still have the name clue, which is still very easy to see.

The idea is this: if the name is included below the map, the person sent something other than “current location”. It may be, yes, that you have chosen from nearby places at a time when the GPS is not locating itself correctly and that one of the suggestions seems more reliable or relevant to you than the location detected by the mobile.

Why does this happen

If they choose a place on the map other than the current location button, the name of the place is displayed in the chat preview

The reason why this happens is simple. When it comes to sending a location on WhatsApp, you have three options. The first option, at the top, is real-time location, which updates where you are until it’s turned off. To send a “static” position, you have two options: Send my current position or choose places on the map.

The current location corresponds to the location of the mobile (it will be the one indicated by the blue dot on Google Maps, for example), but it is also possible to choose between nearby places or use the search engine at the top. The search engine does not work very well, but you can move the map to another area and then search to suggest a place on the other side of the world, if you wish.

It’s not a foolproof method.

This trick will only work if the other person doesn’t trick the phone (and WhatsApp) with a fake location with apps like Fake GPS.

As we mentioned earlier, when someone taps send my current location in WhatsApp, no text will be included below the map preview. This option sends the location of the mobile, but the problem is that it is possible to fake the location that the mobile detects, in which case it would be false, but it would not include the text.

The trick will still come in handy in some cases. For example, if they send you a place with text, you will know that it was chosen on the map, whatever the reason. Without it, it is the current location, which will usually be that of the mobile, except for people who have bothered themselves enough to fake the location of the mobile with apps like Fake GPS.