How to Turn Off Location in Snapchat on iPhone and Android

As you are concerned about your privacy, you have decided to turn off Snap Map in Snapchat on your iOS or Android device. Follow this hands-on guide to prevent anyone from seeing your location on Snap Map or allow only a few close friends to view your whereabouts.

Though I like the idea of sharing location, I want to have complete control over it. So, I’m OK with “Snap Map” as it offers the ability to customize location sharing based on one’s need. For instance, I altogether disable the Snap Map when I wish to keep the privacy about my whereabouts. And if I want to spill the beans about where I’m enjoying the joyride, I choose to share the location with only selected friends.

Keep in mind; Snapchat uses your location for several features like Geofilters, Snap Map, and Search. So, if you decide to turn off your location, you won’t be able to get the more relevant search results or use Geofilters. Without making much ado, let me show you how to disable location in Snapchat.

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How to Disable Snap Map in Snapchat on iPhone or Android Device

Note: Steps are the same for both, iPhone and Android devices.

Step #1. Launch the Snapchat app on your Smartphone and then pinch your fingers on the camera screen to open Snap Map.

Launch the Snapchat app and Open Snap Map

Step #2. Now, tap on the cog icon at the top right corner.

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Tap on cog icon in Snapchat App

Step #3. Next up, you have three options —

  • Ghost Mode
  • My Friends (To show your location to all of your friends when using the app.)
  • Only These Friends

If you don’t want anyone to see your location turn on the switch that is next to Ghost Mode. Then, select how long you want to keep the Snap Map disabled.

Turn on Switch Next to Ghost mode and select how long you want to keep Snap Map disabled

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For example, you can turn it off for 3 hours, 24 hours or until you turn off the switch manually.

However, if you want to show your location to some of your close friends, tap on Only These Friends and then select the persons. Then after, tap on Done to confirm.

Show your Snapchat location to some of your close friends

That’s it! To prevent anyone from seeing where I’m, I’m going to turn on the switch next to Ghost Mode. What about you?

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Turn ON Ghost Mode to Disable Snap Map in Snapchat

You can prevent the app from accessing your location from the Settings app as well. To do so, follow the steps mentioned above.

How to Stop Snapchat from Accessing Your Location on iPhone

Step #1. Launch the Settings app on your iOS device – tap on Privacy.

Tap on Settings then Privacy on iPhone or iPad

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Step #3. Next, tap on Location Services.

Tap on Location Services in iPhone Settings

Step #4. Next up, find Snapchat and tap on it.

Tap on Snapchat in iPhone Location Services

Step #5. Now, you have two options:

  • While using the app
  • Never

Select Never to Stop Snapchat from Accessing Your Location on iPhone

Select Never to stop the app from having access to your location.

That’s all!

Wrapping up

Have any question? Shoot it down below in the comments. And yes, don’t fail to share your thoughts about this location-sharing feature.

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Dhvanesh Adhiya
Dhvanesh Adhiya is the founder and editor-in-chief who takes care of audio, visual, and textual contents uploaded on He is passionate about wonderful apps that change the way your iPhone interacts in your life.

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