How To Tell When Someone Was Last Active on Snapchat

Posted by Jamie on December 9, 2019
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Can you see when someone was last active on Snapchat? Can you tell if they are online now? Does Snapchat notify of a person’s availability? These are three of the very common questions we see around one of the world’s busiest social networks, so I thought I would put together a quick guide answering these and more.

Snapchat should need no introduction. It’s one of the largest social networks in the world and is continually evolving to add fun and unique features that keep people coming back. The temporary nature of the network is one of its strong points, adding that powerful psychological push of time limitation and FOMO to spur you to use the network more and more.

It can be confusing for newbies, though, which is why TechJunkie has been going back to basics with some of our tutorials. Keep reading to learn how you can tell when someone was last active on Snapchat.

How to Know When Someone Was Last on Snapchat

Since there’s no feature that tells you who is and isn’t online, the easiest way to see when someone was last active is to look at their feed. Look for Snaps or Stories posted and see when they were posted. If they have very recently uploaded a Story, you know they are likely online or recently active. If there is quite a time gap between a post and the present time, they may not be online.

You can also send a Snap and keep an eye on the status. Snapchat uses icons to show you the status of anything you send. If the notification says ‘delivered’ but not ‘opened,’ the recipient is either offline or hasn’t opened the Snap. If it says ‘opened,’ then you know the person is either online or was recently active.

Alternatively, you can use Snap Maps to check whether or not someone is active. This method isn’t always accurate, but it can be effective in some situations.

As long as the person doesn’t use Ghost Mode, which hides their location at all times, you should be able to see when they last used Snapchat and where they were when they were online.

Unless you stay in Ghost Mode, Snap Maps will update your location regularly while you have the app open. You can limit who gets to see where you are, but otherwise, it’s a beacon to tell all your friends where you are and when you were there.

To use this method, just follow these three simple steps:

  1. Open Snap Maps and look for your friend.
  2. Select their Bitmoji from the map.
  3. Look at the gray status text underneath their name.

You will see one of a couple of messages: ‘Seen Now’ if they are currently online in a location, ‘Seen 23m ago’ if they signed off a while ago, or ‘Last seen’ if they signed off over a couple of hours ago.

Can You Tell When Someone is Active on Snapchat?

Unfortunately, there aren’t too many ways to check if someone is active on Snapchat. The best way to check is to use the Snap Maps method outlined above.

Alternatively, if you open the individual chat screen at the same time as the person you want to chat with, it will show a blue dot or their Bitmoji on the screen. This only works if you both are at the chat screen at the same time.

Other than that, there’s not really any way to know for sure whether or not someone is currently using the app. Unless, of course, you’re currently chatting with them.

Does Snapchat Indicate a Person’s Availability?

On other major chat apps, users have the option to indicate their availability with options such as ‘Available,’ ‘Unavailable,’ ‘Busy,’ or similar statuses.

Snapchat, on the other hand, does not indicate whether or not a user is available. While you might be able to check when someone was last online, you won’t be able to see their current status.

This, of course, can be a good thing for users who are concerned about their privacy when using social media. But it’s not so great when you want to know whether or not your friend is available to chat.

Can You Use Snapchat Without Notifying Your Friends?

Yes, you can use Snapchat without alerting your friends if you want to. If you want some alone time or need a few minutes to catch up with everything that’s gone on before socializing, there’s no reason you have to notify your friends that you’re currently using the app.

All you need to do is not post anything, don’t open the Snaps or chats of your friends, and stay in Ghost Mode for a little while. This will be enough to hide the fact that you’re currently online. Alternatively, you can switch your phone to Airplane Mode.

Final Thoughts

Whether or not Snapchat shows your status while you’re using the app is a common question among the app’s incredibly large audience.

While the app doesn’t show your status, there are a few ways you can check when someone was last on the app. But, as of now, there is no official way of seeing someone’s online status.

Did you find this article helpful? If so, make sure to check out our article on How to Tell if Someone Else is Using Your Snapchat Account.

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