Snapchat has a function where you can see your friends worldwide in semi-real time (we’ll talk more about this later).
If you tap on a Snap they sent, you’ll be taken to the Snap Map and see where that snap was taken from. If you’re quick enough, you can figure out where that person is in real time.
Moreover, Snapchat does not send a notice when you look at someone’s location, which is in line with the app’s focus on privacy.
If you’re wondering how to pull this off, don’t worry, I have you covered. Below, you’ll find a step-by-step guide with screenshots to help you understand, so keep reading!
Does Snapchat Send Notifications When You Check Someone’s Location?
No, it doesn’t.
The other person doesn’t get notified that you checked their location.
Snapchat used to do this, though. Before the 2020 update, Snapchat had a status page where you could see who checked your location.
But after the 2020 update, the status page was eliminated, and now there’s no way to check who’s looking at your location on Snapchat. Which is just fine, in my opinion…
Even if you’re traveling and you have a traveling status, you still won’t be notified if someone’s watching your location. Stalking, in other words, is not identifiable. Which isn’t all that good but eh.
Can I Control My Location Sharing with Other People?
Yep, you can.
If you don’t want others to see your location in semi-real time, you have three choices:
- Let only a few friends know your location
- Turn on Ghost Mode
- Make the app report fake locations
Either one of these solutions will help you keep your location a secret, all the time.
Even if you don’t know who’s checking your location, it’s better to keep it a secret, you know what I’m saying? Privacy is always preferable 😀
Let’s move to how you can stop others from seeing your location!
Solution One – Select Which Friends Can See Your Location
If you don’t want everyone to see your location, you can make it so that only certain friends can see it (assuming you have trustworthy friends).
In the Snap Map, go to “Settings“, and you’ll have the option to select which friends can see your location.
No one else will be able to find you on the Snapmap.
Let’s see how that’s done, shall we?
1. Tap on your Bitmoji
Start by opening Snapchat and tapping the Bitmoji icon (top-left corner). See the screenshot above if you’re having issues finding it.
The Bitmoji is your virtual avatar, and it’s right near the search icon.
2. Select the Snap Map
Your Bimoji will take you to your profile page (see the image above). Scroll down until you come across the “Snap Map“. Select it to see where you friends are at in “real-time”.
3. Tap on the Gear icon
Reached the Snap Map yet? Good, then find the Gear icon (top-right corner) and tap it. That’ll take you to the Snapchat settings, and you need to be there for the next steps.
Check it out below:
4. Select the “Only these friends…” option
The Snap Map settings will let you control who can see your location on the Snap Map. Just look for the “Only These Friends…” option under the “My Friends” heading.
Select it and see what’s next:
5. Select your friends and tap on “Save.”
Good, now you can select who CAN see your real-time location on the Snap Map. Remember, ONLY the people you select here will be able to see you on the Snap Map.
Everyone else won’t catch a glimpse of you. So, tap on each friend’s name and then select “Save” at the bottom of the screen to save the changes.
Solution Two – Enable Ghost Mode
If you don’t want anyone, not even your closest friends, to see your location on Snapchat, you should enable Ghost Mode.
This will make you a “ghost” on Snapchat. No one can see where you are. You know, like a ghost 😀
To activate it, follow the same steps above and go to your Snap Map Settings.
Once you’re there, tap on “Ghost Mode.”
After you tap on the ”Ghost Mode” option, you’ll open a menu with three options (see below).
You’ll need to choose the duration of Ghost Mode.
There are three options – “3 hours”, “24 hours”, or ”Until Turned Off.”
If you want to keep Ghost Mode enabled indefinitely, select the last option, “Until Turned Off.”
If you want to be secretive for some time, select another option that suits your timetable.
After you select an option, Ghost Mode will be enabled, and you’ll become invisible on the Snap Map.
And this is the best method of being private on Snapchat.
Solution Three – Make Snapchat Report a Fake Location
If you don’t want to appear suspicious to your friends, you can leave the location enabled but manipulate it (yep, you can do that too).
You can control Snapchat’s location feature to report a fake location to your friends so they’ll believe you’re somewhere else than where you actually are.
To achieve this, just don’t use Snapchat for some time. Simple, right? You see, the way the Snap Map works is it actualizes your location in real-time ONLY when you open Snapchat.
If you keep Snapchat off or in the background, your location won’t be updated. Ever.
It won’t update in the background even if you keep the app on (and in the background).
However, the moment you get back on Snapchat, the location will be updated with your present location.
You can also use an Android emulator on your home laptop to create the impression that you’re at home.
Spoofing a location using external software is difficult but doable if you want to deceive your friends.
Now you know that Snapchat doesn’t notify you when you look at someone’s location.
You know if someone is checking out your location on the Snap Map.
But if you want to remain anonymous, you can enable Ghost Mode or select only a few friends that can see your live location.
If you don’t want to appear weird, spoof your location using an Android emulator or stop using Snapchat so often.
Your friends will be fooled with a fake location if you do this.
Let me know in the comments below what you think of these solutions and whether you need help with anything else!
Can you see when the last time someone was online on Snapchat was?
Yes, you can. If you use the Snap Map, you’ll find the location and the time when the other person was online.
So, if you were to search for your friend on Snap Map, you’ll see their icon on the map with a timer next to their name.
That timer shows the time that they were last online.
If it says “3h”, it means they were last online 3 hours ago.
Moreover, their location on the Snap Map wasn’t updated during the last 3 hours.
So, chances are they’re no longer in the location you see on the Snap Map.
If I block someone, will they see my location?
No, they can’t. Blocking someone means the other person can’t even find your profile on Snapchat.
If they can’t find your Snapchat, they can’t see your location.
The Snap Map won’t show you on their radar either.
It’s like having a permanent Ghost Mode enabled for that specific person.
The same happens if they block you. You won’t be able to see their location on Snap Map.
But they’ll see you unless you block them too!
Is the Snapchat Snap Map accurate?
The location on Snap Map isn’t real-time. Instead, it gets updated every time you open Snapchat. It’s accurate enough for Snapchat but not for anything else.
If you keep it in the background, it won’t update your position in real-time.
Many users report that, while the Snap Map is accurate most times, at other times, it’s all over the place.
There are too many factors that go into the functionality of the Snap Map location.
There could be a glitch with Snapchat, or the Snapchat servers are down, which interferes with the Snap Map.
Your internet speed could fluctuate, which further impedes the accuracy of the Snap Map.
All in all, Snap Map isn’t specifically designed for location tracking, but rather it’s an extra feature of Snapchat, which is a social media platform.
Is Snap Map safe?
Yes and no. Let us explain. If you share your location with everyone in your friend list, and you’re very lax with whom you befriend, it’s not safe.
If you’re careful about your friends and trust them, Snap Map is safe.
That’s to say that Snap Map is as safe as the end-user is careful.
We recommend using Ghost Mode or sharing your location with your trusted friends, and that’s it.
Don’t let everyone know where you are all the time because it’s not safe.