In June 2017, Snapchat revealed its biggest update since the puppy face filter. The Snap Map feature allows you to find your friends, keep tabs on your crush, and travel the world, all from the comfort of your couch. To make sure you’re making the most of the new function, you'll want to know some handy dandy Snap Map hacks.
But first, what exactly is Snap Map? In addition to letting you view Snaps and Stories from different locations all over the world, the Snapchat Support page explains, the new feature also lets you see your friends' locations if they've agreed to share it. If you see one of your friends on the map, just tap on their avatar to kick off a Chat. You also have the option of sharing your own location on the map and even setting a status with your bitmoji.
Initially, some people thought this new feature was a little creepy — do you really want people to be able to follow your movements in real time? Will everyone be able to see where I live, and how often I go to the Thai place by my house, or that by “home sick” I really meant “skipping your party to go to that Thai place by my house again?"
But this isn’t a glorified Find My Friends. First of all, you have to enable Snap Maps to make it work; and if you change your mind, you can turn on "Ghost Mode" so no one sees where you are. And whereas other apps like Facebook and Instagram encourage you to share your own location, Snapchat designer Jack Brody explained to Refinery29 that Snap Map is a way to figure out where you want to go.
"Interestingly, one of the habits we've seen with our users is that they'll take a snap where they are, put on the geofilter, and post it to their story with a caption like 'hit me up.' They're basically saying come hang out with me here. Then, when they leave there they'll delete that from their story."
And if you do want to share your location? Snap Map includes Actionmojis — essentially Bitmojis with hobbies — that allow you to give your friends an idea of what you're doing, like dancing, ice skating, or sitting on your butt at home.
To find out how to enable Snap Map on your phone, read this. Once you have it, here are some of the ways you can take advantage of this cool new feature.