Snapchat Snap Map: What is it and how to use it?

Snapchat Map

Snapchat is a photo messaging app which lets you send photos, videos, and messages which disappear after some time. You can also customize the pictures or send live updates throughout the day visible to all your friends, and this is one of the main reason why it became so popular among teens and young adults.

The target age group for Snapchat is in the range of 13-24, being available for both iOS and Android helped add more users to the app. As the app targets the younger generation who tend to be more distracted and less polished, the pictures sent using Snapchat tend to be taken more hastily and don’t have the same polished feel as the ones posted on rival social media sites like Instagram and Facebook.

One of my friends recently read about the Snap Map feature and was wondering what it is and how it works, while she was yet to understand what it is and how it worked, she had another friend start pestering her and giving her live updates of her location. This freaked her out, and she approached me wondering how it could be possible, my first guess was that she left the Snap Map feature on and left it visible to all the people.

I quickly helped her set it up to only me as she didn’t want to be stalked all the way, since this is a new feature and not many people understand it well, We decided to cover an article explaining what it is and how to turn it off.

The major reason why the app became such a major hit is that of the unique self-destruct feature which leaves no traces behind. The app currently houses more than 150 Million people who use it every day, though just about 5 years old, this app appears to be more popular than Twitter get an enormous 10 billion views each day.

What is Snap Maps?

Snap Map is just another controversial thing linked to Snapchat, this feature plots you and your friend’s location on a Map so that your other friends can see where exactly you are. Users can select if they want their location to be visible to all of their friends, selected few or nobody at all. If they choose to be visible, their location will appear as an Actionmoji on their friend’s maps, the avatar changes slightly based on how fast the user is moving.  If the user location is updating very frequently then the Actionmoji might be updated to reflect that the user is traveling by car.

How to use Snapchat Snap Map:

This feature of Snapchat is available globally and if you can’t access it using the steps below then try updating the app.

Snapchat Map Location Friends

Start off by launching the app and open the camera page of it, now use two of your fingers to pinch outwards on the camera screen. The Snap Map should launch now, but the first time you use it, you’ll be prompted to specify who is able to view your location and choosing Only Me would turn on the ghost mode and hide your location from everyone else. Choosing any of the other two options would work as suggested by their names.

Once you’ve selected to whom your location can be visible, click next and then Snapchat will inform you that to add a Snap to the map you could select the add to Our Story rather than add to My Story option. Click on the Finish button to get started. You should now see a map having your location and any other friends who have Snap Map enabled. A few featured Snaps nearby are also shown in the circular frame, just click on one of them to view them.

Snapchat Map Location Sharing

You can also make use of the search option to look for specific stories and to make any changes to your location sharing options owing to some privacy constraints, you can easily find the option in the Settings page of Snapchat. You’ll see the same options that you saw during the setup and by choosing one of them will make the changes go live immediately. If you want to hide it from a selected few people then you have the option to see who can see you on the Snap Map. However, if you want to go stealth for some reason you can simply select the Only Me option which would hide your location on the Snap Map from everyone and only you can see your location on the map.

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