Snapchat Quietly Rolled Out a New Way for Friends to Share Their Locations

Long-pressing on a friend or opening the chat hamburger menu provides access

Snapchat's new location-sharing feature Josh Constine/TechCrunch

Snapchat has been quietly rolling out a new way for users to share their locations or request the whereabouts of their friends.

The messaging application said the feature has been rolling out over the past few weeks to iOS and Android users, and most of its user base should now have it. Here’s how it works:

  • Long-pressing on a friend or opening the chat hamburger menu will now give users the options of sharing their locations or requesting their friends’ locations on Snap Map.
  • These requests can only be shared between users who are each other’s friends, and users who choose to opt out can go to their settings and turn off, “Allow friends to request my location.”

A Snapchat spokesperson also provided a reminder that location sharing via Snap Map is completely opt-in, so users who are in Ghost Mode or who have never visited Snap Map will not have their locations shared unless they choose to allow it.

Also, if a Snapchat user is sharing his or her location on Snap Map but has not opened the app in roughly eight hours, that location will disappear from Snap Map. David Cohen is editor of Adweek's Social Pro Daily.