First Look at Snapchat Live Location Sharing

  • 21-02-2022 |
  • Polad Aladi

Snapchat introduced the new Temporary Live Location feature to let users share their current location with friends in a more convenient way. Let’s figure out how this feature is different from the good old Snapchat location sharing. 

New Way

Unlike the original location sharing feature, the new one lets users share their current location with friends privately, which means that only selected contact will be able to track your location if you let them. Besides, you can set location sharing frequency from 15 minutes up to 8 hours. 

When you enable the feature for the first time, the app will notify you that the feature can be used for location sharing only with your close friends and family members. You are also allowed to share locations only with users who are confirmed to be your friends. This way, Snapchat is attempting to eliminate any potential privacy issues that took place when real-time location sharing was available for the first time. 

How to Use It

If you want to share your location, you need to open the profile of a friend you want to share the location with and tap the “Share My Live Location: button at the bottom of the profile. You can currently share your location with only one friend at a time. The “Live” Bitmoji icon will be visible only to your friend too. Unlike Snap Map, temporary location sharing will update your location status only in set iterations so that you don’t have to open the app every time you want to update your location. 

Listening to You

Snap says that the new feature is designed based on the long-term community feedback analysis. Additionally, the company plans to add a public service announcement (PSA) system as a preventive measure against sexual assault through improved bystander awareness. Do you find the new location sharing feature private enough? What else would you like to be changed in Snapchat in terms of privacy? You can reply in the comments and share this post with other Snapchatters.