How to Change Location Displayed Publicly on Snapchat Map Feature

Snapchat’s Snap Map feature allows users to share their location publicly with friends or make it completely private. Here’s a detailed guide on how to change your location settings on Snap Map to control what’s displayed publicly.

Understanding Snap Map

Snap Map is an opt-in feature on Snapchat that shows your location on a map to friends you choose. It updates your location when you open the Snapchat app.

Here are some key things to know about Snap Map:

  • Location sharing is off by default. You have to choose to turn it on.
  • You can pick specific friends to share your location with, or share it with all friends.
  • Your location updates whenever you open the Snapchat app, not just when posting snaps.
  • Your Bitmoji avatar moves around the map in real-time based on your location.
  • You can view public snaps posted by location in special events.

Changing Snap Map Location Settings

You have complete control over who can view your location on Snap Map. Here are the steps to update settings:

Access Snap Map Settings

  1. Open Snapchat and tap your profile icon
  2. Tap the settings gear icon
  3. Scroll down and tap “See My Location”

From here, you can choose your location sharing preferences.

Choose Who Can View Your Location

Tap the setting you want:

  • Ghost Mode: No one can view your location
  • My Friends: All friends can view location
  • My Best Friends: Only close friends see location

You can also search and select specific friends.

Set a Timer for Location Sharing

In settings you can set a timer to stop sharing your location after a set duration, anywhere from 1 hour to 8 hours. Great if you only want to share temporarily.

Using Ghost Mode for Complete Privacy

Enabling Ghost Mode ensures no one on Snapchat can view your location on the map. It’s the most private setting.

Here’s how to turn on Ghost Mode:

  1. Open Snap Map
  2. Tap the settings gear icon
  3. Tap “Ghost Mode” to enable it

When in Ghost Mode, your friends won’t be able to see your location no matter what. It will display you as being offline.

Additional Privacy Considerations

While Snap Map offers granular controls, here are some extra precautions you can take:

  • Review your full friends list and trim it down
  • Be selective in who you share location with
  • Remind friends not to share your location without permission
  • Use Ghost Mode if unsure about location sharing

Snap Map can be fun to use, but be thoughtful in what you share publicly. Take time to review all your privacy settings.


Snapchat gives you full control over your Snap Map location settings. You decide exactly who can view your location by customizing options in Snap Map settings. For maximum privacy, enable Ghost Mode to disable location sharing completely. Be thoughtful about who you share with and talk to friends about your expectations too.