Did Snapchat get rid of or remove 'Ghost trails' and will it come back? Here's what we know

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Snapchat is undeniably the most popular social media platform that enables users to exchange images, videos, and messages that disappear after being viewed.

The platform also has an amalgamation of fun and exciting features that make the app more engaging. Some of them include Bitmoji, Discover tab, Snap Maps, and more.


Moreover, Snapchat+ also offers various subscription features. One of them includes the ‘Ghost Trails’ function that lets users check the location of their friends for the past 24 hours.

Has Snapchat removed the ‘Ghost trails’ feature?

However, some Snapchat users (1,2,3) have taken to Twitter to report that the feature has gone missing or is not available to them.


@snapchatsupport Is the ghost trail feature gone??

@Snapchat needs to bring back Ghost Trails.

This feature also took care of the privacy of the users as it could only be accessed by fulfilling certain conditions. A user could only view Ghost Trail for friends for whose location access had been enabled on the Snap Map.

The service also wasn’t accessible for those friends who had not enabled location sharing. Moreover, it was an exclusive feature because of its availability in countries only where Snapchat+ is accessible.

And now, to have that taken away might have been quite unfathomable for some users.

Here’s what the support says

Despite how discouraging it may sound, Snapchat Support confirmed that the ‘Ghost trails’ feature has in fact been disabled/removed.

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However, they have not stated if the feature will ever be introduced again. Instead Snapchat now lets you share your live location even when you’re not using the app.

Hi there! Ghost Trails are no longer available 😔 We’re always finding inspiration for new features to make Snapchat more fun for you, so stay tuned!

We hope the developers will reintroduce the feature or, even better, offer a substitute for it.

We’ll keep tabs on the latest developments and update this article as and when we come across something noteworthy.

Note: We have more such stories in our dedicated Snapchat Section so be sure to follow them as well.

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Riya Madaan

Weaving a little bit of life into the articles I write. No, not really! That's not really possible for a trash writer like me but I still try. Apart from it, I skate, meditate and medicate. Also keep myself away from troubles as I age.