How to Fix if Snapchat Location not Updating

Your Quick Answer:

If you see someone’s last seen is not updating but they are snapping, there might be several reasons like turned off location service or the ghost mode is turned on.

This could also mean that the person is not on Snapchat for a longer time.

You can check the updated last seen of your friend in the snap map, but if it keeps showing the last old-time and location without any update.

It can be because your friend is not using an app for a long time or just turned off their location. There’s also another reason like turning on the Ghost Mode and any technical problem.

🔯 What is Snapchat’s Last Seen?

Snapchat last seen is one of the features available in the Snapchat app when other people(friends) get to know about your last active time, that is when you last used the app. 

It basically works through Snap Map; your Last Seen will automatically update every time on a snap map when you open the Snapchat app.

However, it will only work if you have enabled your location on the Snap Map. 

Also, if you don’t want other people to see your last seen, you can disable it by turning off your location access. 

🔯 How Accurate is Snapchat’s Last Active or Is It Wrong:

The last active status that you see on Snapchat is not as accurate as it may appear to be. This is because this activity status is with respect to when someone last opened the Snapchat app.

From that moment, they may have used their phone and opened other social media sites but that information won’t be recorded.

How to Go on Snapchat without Updating Location:

Try the following methods:

1. Turn Off Location For Snapchat on iPhone

It is possible for you to turn off location on Snapchat, but this can only be done if you have an iPhone or an iPad, as this feature is not available on other devices.

🔴 Steps To Follow:

Step 1: From your home screen, go to the Settings application.

Step 2: Next, you have to scroll to the lower part of the page and click on “Privacy”.

click on Privacy

Step 3: The option at the top will say “Location Services”. Click on it.

Location Services

Step 4: Scroll down to Snapchat and click on it, and set the location to “Don’t Allow“. This will turn off your location for Snapchat.

Click on Snapchat
Click on don't allow

2. Enable Ghost Mode on Snapchat

Ghost mode is a feature you can enable to keep your location private while being able to view public accounts’ locations.

Enable Ghost mode by following these steps:

🔴 Steps To Follow:

Step 1: From the camera area of Snapchat, tap on the map icon available on the menu bar at the bottom left.

Click on map icon

Step 2: Click on the gear icon at the top right corner.

Click on the gear icon

Step 3: The first option will be “Ghost Mode”. Enable it using the button on the right.

Select time

Step 4: Set the time limit for the Ghost mode to stay active, and you are done.

Click on enable ghost mode

Can I Track the Person’s Location on Snapchat in Another Way:

Yes, you can track a person’s location on Snapchat using other ways, like with the help of iplogger, which helps you create a customized link that can track someone’s IP address to which you will have access.

Step 1: Create a trackable link

Go to iplogger.org. Paste the link of the file you want to share and click on “Create a shortlink”. Provide consent and click on “Confirm”.

create a shortlink

Step 2: Share the link

The link will appear on the next page as an IP logger link; copy this and share it on Snapchat with the person by pasting the link in the message textbox.

Click on copy
Share the link

Step 3: Wait for Clicks

Wait patiently for the person to open their chat, see the link, and click on it. As soon as they click on the shortened link, their location will be recorded.

Step 4: Track their IP

In the access link page which links you will find below the iplogger link, scroll down to the “IP/Provider ” section and copy the IP.

Click on access link

Go to the IP tracker from the menu and paste the IP. You’ll find the location in the results.

see all ip

Why does Snapchat show Last Seen wrong:

On Snapchat, you can not say that the ‘last seen’ is always showing the correct active time and location because of many reasons.

snapchat snap map last seen

If anyone does not open Snapchat for a long time or for a few hours, you may probably find the last updated location with the old time because Snapchat only updates the snap map location when the user opens the app.

Here you can get wrong information, but there’s also another reason where you might interpret wrong about the person because last seen is not according to you. Sometimes the snap map is not updated because of any technical issues and automatically updates after a particular time.

How to Tell if Someone blocked you from seeing their location on Snapchat:

See the following things below:

1. Map Section Does Not Appear

When you try to look for the bitmoji of the individual who has blocked you on Snapchat, you will notice that you can neither see them on the map directly nor go to their chat and to their profile and see it. Therefore, their location is completely hidden from you.

Map Section Does Not Appear

2. You cannot find him/her or SnapMap

SnapMap is a section in Snapchat that was recently added and it allows you to see the snaps of people from across the world using live location. If someone has blocked you but is posting snaps to the SnapMap, you won’t be able to find them or view these snaps.

tell if snapchat ghost mode

Turning ghost mode on does not show the user’s location on the map of Snapchat i.e. Snap Map.

Why is Snapchat not Updating its Last Seen Status:

You may be trying to look for the last seen of your friend, but it is not showing the updated status of the last seen. There can be many reasons why Snapchat is not showing the updated last seen status of your friend.

Let’s discuss some of them in detail:

1. Your friend Did not open Snapchat for a Long Time

◘ Snapchat stops updating the “last seen” and keeps showing the old time because your friend might not use the app for a long time.

◘ By tapping on your friend bitmoji on the map, you can see the timestamp of when your friend last used the Snapchat app.

2. The Person Turned off Location Service

◘ Turn off the location service from the device can be the reason why your friend last seen is not updated yet.

if location is off

◘ In other words, there are settings available on your phone to turn off all the location updates. 

◘ If your friend is not on the location, Snapchat will not be able to detect the new location, and it keeps showing the old location.

◘ After turning off the location of the phone or location permission of the app, Snapchat shows the old location with the old-time on the snap map.

3. The person turned on Ghost mode on Snapchat

◘ The person might turn on their Ghost mode on Snapchat so that nobody will be able to check their last seen and location. 

◘ By opening Ghost Mode, your friends are no longer able to see the time you last used the app.

◘ In addition, they also do not get any updates on your new location.

◘ Ghost mode can simply be on from the snap map settings.

◘ It is a straightforward setting. All you need to do is tick the box of ghost mode.

You can also read this article to confirm if someone is on ghost mode.

ghost mode is on

How to Fix if Snapchat ‘Last Seen’ is not Updating:

If your Snapchat is not working correctly, it can be because you are using the old version of the app, or you need to restart the app after force stop, and still does not work, so report to Snapchat.

1. Update Snapchat App

Snapchat very often adds new features and launches them on Play Store or App Store through updates.

You should constantly update the app to the latest version available on Playstore to make it work correctly.

Let’s discuss how you can update Snapchat:

Step 1: Open the Playstore or App Store on your device.

Step 2: Then, in the search bar, type “Snapchat” and search for it.

 search bar, type Snapchat

Step 3: Further, tap to open it.

urther, tap to open it

Step 4: Finally, If any update is available, it shows an “update” button. Or if any update is not available, it shows “Open.”

 it shows an update button

2. Force Stop App & Restart Snapchat

Another option to do Snapchat work properly is to force-stop the app and restart it.

Let’s discuss the steps in detail to force stop and Restart:

Step 1: First, Open the “Settings” app on your device.

Step 2: Under Settings, Tap the “App info”. After that, you will see all the installed apps listed in alphabetical order.

Under the Settings

Step 3: Then, scroll down to find “Snapchat” and tap on it. 

Step 4: Now, a Snapchat info screen with additional options will display.

Snapchat info screen with additional

Step 5: Furthermore, on the right side below the app’s title, you see “Force stop“. Tap on to force stop the app.

force stop the app

Step 6: Afterward, a pop-up window appears to confirm; tap “OK“. Now the force stop button may get grayed out.

window appears to confirm tap OK

Step 7: Then, tap the “Home button” to return to the home screen.

Step 8: Finally, Open Snapchat as usual. Now, all bugs are fixed, and it starts working correctly.

3. Report to Snapchat

If still, it is not working properly, report the problem to Snapchat by tapping the “Report a map issue” in a snap map and submit it after selecting your issue options.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. Why is someone’s snap location not updating but they are snapping?

It is not normally possible for a snap location not to be updated with time. But if someone’s snap location is not updating and it has been a while, the only explanation is that they have turned off their location using the respective feature due to privacy concerns.

2. Why does my Snapchat location say I’m somewhere else?

If your Snapchat location is saying you’re somewhere else, it might mean that your location has not yet been updated since you last visited the app, it might also mean that you turned on the Ghost mode on your account but due to internet issues, the feature has only partially been updated.

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