Does Snapchat Notify When You Look at Someone’s Location?

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Written by: Alex Popa


Does Snapchat Notify When You Look at Someone’s Location?

Snapchat has a function where you can see your friends worldwide in semi-real time.

If you tap on a Snap they sent, you’ll be taken to the Snap Map and see where that snap was taken from.

However, you may not want your friend to know you checked out their location.

In short, Snapchat does not notice when you look at someone’s location.

But there’s more to be said about this. Keep reading to find out more!

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Does Snapchat Notify When You Look at Someone’s Location?

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.

Does Snapchat Send Notifications When You Check Someone’s Location?
Does Snapchat Send Notifications When You Check Someone’s 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.

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.

Can I Control My Location Sharing with Other People?

Yes, 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.

Even if you don’t know who’s checking your location, it’s better to keep it a secret.

But this also means you check where your friends are without appearing as a stalker.

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.

In the Snap Map, go to Settings, and you’ll have the option to select which friends can see your location.

Everyone else will not find you on the Snap Map.

To do this, follow the steps below:

1. Tap on your Bitmoji

Tap on your Bitmoji
Tap on your Bitmoji

To go to your Snap Map, you first need to open your profile page.

When you open Snapchat, you’ll land in the Camera Feature.

Once you’re there, look in the top-left corner for your Bitmoji. It’s your profile picture.

Once you select it, you’ll get to your profile page.

2. Select the Snap Map

Select the Snap Map
Select the Snap Map

When you reach your profile page, scroll down until you see the “Snap Map” menu.

Under it, you’ll see the map with your location in the world.

Tap on it to zoom in and open the larger map. There, you’ll be able to customize the privacy settings.

3. Tap on the Gear icon

Tap on the Gear icon
Tap on the Gear icon

After you open the Snap Map, you’ll see your location there.

You can also move the map and find your friends.

To open the Snap Map settings, look to the top-right corner for a Gear icon.

It’s right next to the location name.

Tap on the Gear icon to open the Settings, then proceed to the next step.

4. Select the “Only these friends…” option

Select the “Only these friends…” option
Select the “Only these friends…” option

After you open the settings, look at the settings on the screen.

Under the “My Location” menu, you’ll see several options.

There’s the “Ghost Mode” option, which makes you invisible to all your friends.

Then, you’ll see three options – “My Friends,” “My Friends, Except…”, and “Only These Friends…”.

Select the “Only These Friends…” option to make your location visible only to specific people in your friend list.

5. Select your friends and tap on “Save.”

Select your friends and tap on “Save”
Select your friends and tap on “Save.”

After you tap on the “Only These Friends…” option, you’ll open another window.

Here, you can select which friends will have access to your live location in the world.

Tap on their names to select them, and then look at the bottom for the “Save” button.

Tap on the “Save” button to save these changes.

Now no one other than your friend can see your location in the world.

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.

To activate it, follow the same steps above and go to your Snap Map Settings.

Once you’re there, tap on “Ghost Mode.”

Enable Ghost Mode
Enable Ghost Mode

After you tap on the ”Ghost Mode” option, you’ll open a menu with three options.

After you tap on the ”Ghost Mode” option, you’ll open a menu with three options.
After you tap on the ”Ghost Mode” option, you’ll open a menu with three options.

You 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.

No one will find you on the Snap Map!

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.

You can control Snapchat’s location feature to report a fake location to your friends.

That way, they’ll believe you’re located somewhere else than where you are in reality.

To achieve this, don’t use Snapchat for some time.

The Snap Map works because 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.

It won’t update in the background even if you keep the app on.

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.

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.

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Alex Popa

My name is Alex and I have a knack for social media in all its shapes and forms. I’ve dealt with such things for quite some time and I noticed that many people have issues with social media and technicalities.

Unforeseen errors, bugs, and other problems make their use of social media problematic. These things will be discussed amply in the guides on Whizcase.

I'll present the facts as they are, and offer quick and easy solutions for them.

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