The lines between social media apps is set to blur a little more with Snapchat‘s new feature that will allow users to share their location with friends. Called Snap Map, the feature integrates a fun map into the messaging app to let users know where their friends are at a given time. It is available in the latest iOS and Android version of the app. Also Read - Your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram account can get deleted if you do thisAlso Read - Disney Pixar Filter: How to get and use the 3D cartoon face filter on Snapchat, Instagram, TikTok
To use the feature, you will be required to update the app to its latest version. Once you do that, simply launch the app and zoom out to trigger the Snap Map. The app will prompt you to allow access to location (in case you haven’t allowed already). From here, you can see Snaps from the world, including snaps of events and breaking news. Also Read - How to use Snapchat's viral Cartoon 3D Style Lens
The Snap Map feature essentially adds a map-based interface to the already-existing Stories. While stories across the world will be available for access through the map, you can choose to make your content private by choosing the Ghost Mode or customizing it to be visible to only friends. In addition to that, you can also search on the map with friends’ name, location, etc. to see their stories.
It is worth mentioning that only those stories will appear on your map, which are either made public or those shared with you. If you are friends are sharing their location with you, their Actionmoji will appear on the map. ALSO READ: Face filters: Instagram can now even call itself Snapchat and no one would know
Interestingly, Instagram rolled out a similar feature in May which allowed users to see public Stories based on location. Users who put the location sticker on their Stories appear in the Explore tab. A new story ring appears on top of the Explore tab with location name that also features all the collected Stories within the same area. Users can also search for any location around the globe and a story ring will appear on top of the location page showing all the Stories of that area. RELATED: Here s why Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Snapchat, Instagram have all turned into each other s clones