Snapchat users wondering why they can’t see their friends’ Ghost Trails will be disappointed to know that it’s no longer available. Ghost Trails was available as part of Snapchat+, along with other exclusive features such as Friend Solar Systems, Priority Story Replies, a Rewatch Indicator, and many more. The removal of Ghost Trails comes shortly after Snapchat removed the popular Snap Games and Minis from the app.
Per Snapchat‘s official support page, Ghost Trails has been discontinued, with users directed to use Live Location instead. For the uninitiated, Ghost Trails allowed Snapchat+ users to see their friends’ location trails on a map for the last 24 hours. Although the feature received mixed reactions, it came with legitimate privacy concerns. For starters, it recorded users’ movements and routes, implying that Snapchat was keeping a record of their location. Second, the app made this information readily available to other users. Although users could decide who had access to their location trails, not everyone is vigilant about their privacy settings.
Share Live Location With Friends On Snapchat
While some Snapchat+ users will be disappointed by Ghost Trails disappearing from their subscription, Snapchat’s Live Location feature is a far more practical option, and one that’s entirely opt-in. As the name suggests, Live Location lets users share their current location with their friends to make it easier to meet-up or let trusted contacts keep a tab on their whereabouts for safety reasons.
To share Live Location with a friend on Snapchat, open the app, go to the chat section, and tap on a friend’s Bitmoji avatar. Now select ‘Share My Live Location‘ under Snap Map and choose 15 minutes, one hour, or eight hours. It is important to note that Live Location collects users’ location even when the app is closed. Hence, while enabling this feature, Android or iOS might ask users to change the app’s location permission to ‘Always‘ from ‘While Using the App‘ or ‘Never.‘
Users can stop sharing their location at any time by opening the friend’s profile and tapping on ‘Stop‘ in the Snap Map section. Users should also know that Live Location shares their location even when Ghost Mode is active. Unlike Ghost Trails, the Live Location feature is available to all Snapchat users, and not just those with a Snapchat+ subscription.
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