How To Stop Friends From Requesting Your Location On Snapchat: That’s Why Your Snapchat Request Location’s Greyed Out

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Snapchat makes it possible to share your live location with your friends on an individual basis. Moreover, they also have an option to request the location of a friend. In case you request the location of a friend, they will receive a request in chat. If they accept your request, you will be able to see their location on the Snap Map. Because of the availability of ‘Request Location’ option, you might get a lot of unwanted location requests. To prevent that from happening, Snapchat has also given an option to block or disable location requests from friends. Here in this tutorial, we share the methods to send or request location and how you can stop friends from requesting your location on Snapchat.

The steps are similar for both Android and iOS. So, you need to update the app and follow the steps below.

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How To Request Or Share Location

  1. Firstly, make sure that location services are enabled on your phone and Snapchat has access to it.
  2. Open the app and head to the chats by tapping on the chat icon at the bottom left or by swiping right.Go to chats screen on Snapchat
  3. Next, tap on the desired friend’s Bitmoji just to the left of their name. Alternatively, you can open their chat, and inside the chat, tap on their Bitmoji at the top left corner. If they haven’t added a Bitmoji then there will be a blank avatar similar to the one in the screenshot below.Tap On Friends Bitmoji on Snapchat
  4. By doing this, you will open your friend’s profile
  5. Now, most likely (more on this later), you will get two options: Send My Location and Request Location.Send or Request Location On Snapchat
  6. Select the desired one. When you request the location of a friend they will get a message with your request in their chat. If they accept your request by selecting Share Location then you will receive a map with their location.Accept or cancel location request On Snapchat
  7. You can also long-press on the map and select Save in Chat to save and keep it for longer in the chat. One can also cancel the request by selecting Ignore.Location request accepted On Snapchat

When you send your location, they will receive a map preview in their chat, and on tapping on it, Snap map will open with your live location.

Turn Off Location Requests On Snapchat

  1. Open Snapchat and go to your profile screen. You can do so by tapping on your Bitmoji or avatar at the top left. In case you have an active story then you will see your story thumbnail there.
  2. On your profile screen, tap on the gear icon at the top right.
Disable Location Requests On Snapchat

3. Now, scroll down until you see Who Can… section. Tap on See My Location under that.

4. Finally, toggle the Allow friends to request my location switch to Off. In the case of Android, just uncheck it.

stop friends from requesting your location on Snapchat

That will do the job.

In the future, if you want to enable location requests they can be turned on from the same place.

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How To Turn Off Location Request On Snapchat For Particular Friends

If required, you can also hide your location from certain friends or share it with selected friends. Here’s how.

  1. From the Camera screen, tap on your Bitmoji and select gear icon on the next screen to go to Settings.Location Settings In Snapchat
  2. Here in Who Can… section, select See My Location.
  3. Now, under Who Can See My Location tap on My Friends, Except… if you wish to hide your location from a few friends while select Only These Friends… in case of sharing a location with only a few people.Hide Location On Snapchat
  4. Select the desired friends and tap on Done.
  • If you haven’t used Snap Map before then it will ask for your permission.
  • In case, you have enabled Ghost Mode then it will be disabled automatically if you share your location with someone in chat.
  • If they’re already sharing their location with you then you won’t see Request location option instead there will be a map with their location.
  • Location Already Shared On Snapchat
    Already Sharing Location
  • You can explicitly stop friends from requesting your location by disabling location requests in settings. Here’s how.
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    Why Can’t I Request Someone’s Location On Snapchat?

    There could be a few reasons why the option doesn’t appear or greyed out for your Snapchat contact:

    • You can only request (or share locations) with the users who are your friends and they have also added you as their friend.
    • They disabled location requests.
    • They’ve already shared their location with you recently and they are still at the same location. Snapchat doesn’t explain how long you have to wait before you are permitted to send another location request. Our guess is that it’ll happen once your friend’s location changes.
    • They are sharing their location but have exempted you from seeing their location in the Settings by choosing My Fiends, Except… and specifying you there. The Request Location option will either be missing or will be greyed out for you in this case.
    Can't request location on Snapchat
    Request Location Missing Or Greyed Out


    Does It Mean Your Friend Has Blocked You From Seeing Their Location If You Can’t Request It?

    If you cannot request a location of your friend on Snapchat, it does not mean that your friend has blocked you. They have simply disabled requesting their location in the settings. It is done for the privacy purposes.

    How Do I Make My Location Private On Snapchat?

    To make your location private on Snapchat, you need to go to Settings > See My Location > Who Can See My Location, tap on My Friends, Except… and choose the friends you want to hide your location from or make it private completely.

    What Does It Mean When Request Location Is Grey On Snapchat?

    If Request Location on Snapchat is grey, it means that this Snapchat user has disabled location requests. They could disable it only for you or for all their friends.

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    Prevent Or Block Friends From Requesting Your Location On Snapchat

    If you don’t want your friends to send you location requests, you can simply turn them off as mentioned above. Even if you disable location requests you can still request the location of your friends provided they haven’t disabled it. What is it gonna be for you? Are you going to allow location requests or turn them off?

    Share your thoughts in the comments below. Also, let us know in case of any queries or issues you might be facing.

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    Hemant Mendiratta

    Hemant Mendiratta is a co-founder of TechUntold and a passionate tech blogger, avid gamer, and social media guru who keenly monitors useful apps and gadgets. He is the ideator of our Instagram tool StoryHoot which allows watching Instagram stories anonymously. You can connect with him on: Facebook, Twitter.

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