How To Spoof or Change Your Location in Snapchat
Snapchatters who travel the world are already aware that the app provides you with a neat variety of filters, badges, and stickers as you visit each new locale. These little premiums are a nice touch that allow you to brag about your travels to your Snapchat friends. You can globetrot to Paris or just visit the next state over, and have something to show for it in your favorite chat and picture app.
Snapchat knows which filters and badges to award you because it knows where you are; your phone’s location services tell it where you are located. But what if you don’t want Snapchat to know where you are? Or what if you want Snapchat to think you’re somewhere that you’re not? In this article, I’ll show you how to both hide your location from Snapchat entirely, and also to trick the app into thinking that you’re somewhere else.
There are legitimate and illegitimate reasons to hide your identity; it isn’t our job to judge. Whether you’re trying to keep your ex-wife from serving you for child support or just want to use that cute Sydney, Australia filter you saw your favorite celebrity use but don’t want to take a two-day flight to the Outback, there are ways to obscure or even fake your location.
SnapMap is the feature within Snapchat that provides the location-based filters etc. If you haven’t heard of it, or haven’t turned it on, then it isn’t active on your account. The feature was rolled out in 2017 and unless you’ve deliberately activated it, you’re still “off the grid.” You literally have to tell SnapChat *three times* (and then your phone a fourth time) to turn on the feature.
SnapMap pretty much just lets you see where your friends are and allows them to do the same with you. Your SnapMap location updates regularly as long as your app is open. If you close the app, then SnapMap simply shows your last known location until it expires after several hours.
Is this creeping you out? Don’t worry, Snapchat offers ways to edit who can see you on their SnapMap or simply hide yourself altogether.
Turning off Location Sharing
Turning off your location settings is very simple. First, launch the Snapchat app on your device.
- Go to Camera, Friends, or Discover screens.
- Tap the magnifying glass.
- Tap Map.
- Pinch and pull with your fingers to zoom in and out.
Once on the Map screen, you’ll want to access your settings by tapping on the cog icon. Now you can make some adjustments to better protect your privacy. There are three basic settings:
- My Friends – Your Snapchat friends can see your location when you are using the app.
- My Friends, Except… – Your friends can see you but for a few that you expressly exclude.
- Only These Friends – Choose the select “inner circle” of friends that can see where you are.
- Ghost Mode – Keep your location a secret. Only you can see it on the map.
Select “Ghost Mode” and Snapchat will give you the choice of how long to ghost yourself – three hours, a day, or until you unghost manually. Choose whichever setting works for you.
Presto, you’re now private on Snapchat – or you’re broadcasting your location to the world, whichever you prefer!
Spoofing Your Location
So that’s how to stop Snapchat from keeping track of your location. How can you convince the app that you’re somewhere that you aren’t? Well, there’s no direct way to do it within the Snapchat app itself. Snapchat wants everyone to be honest about their locations. So in order to do this, you need to get creative.
The way to trick Snapchat is to trick your phone. Snapchat doesn’t really know where you are; it just knows how to ask your phone where you are. If your phone thinks you’re in Kazakhstan, then that’s where Snapchat will think you are.
Some people will tell you that you need to jailbreak your phone in order to spoof its location. This is ridiculous and unnecessary. Do not jailbreak your iPhone to change your location in Snapchat; there are better ways.
Use an App
The straightforward approach to changing your Snapchat location is to simply download and use an app that overrides your GPS settings and tells your phone that it’s wherever you want it to be. There are any number of free and paid apps for both Android and iPhone that permit this functionality. On iPhone, the best spoofing app for Snapchat users is called Snapchat++, and it gives you this functionality and a lot more. On Android, GPS spoofing is much more straightforward and there are literally hundreds of apps available; check these possibilities out in the Google Play store.
Interested in spoofing your location in other apps? Read our article on spoofing your location for Youtube TV, how to trick Google Maps into thinking you’re somewhere else, and how to fake your location on WhatsApp.