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Improved Snapchat mapping feature gains Memories and Explorer layers

Snapchat Map Layers
Snapchat Map Layers (Image credit: Snap)

What you need to know

  • The Snapchat Snap Map is getting some new features.
  • Two new layers, Memories and Explore, will make it easier to find your old content as well as explore that of others.

Popular photo and video sharing app Snapchat is improving the way its Snap Map feature works, adding two new layers to the mix. Those layers are designed to make it easier to both relive old memories and discover those shared by others.

The first of those layers, Memories, will help people see videos and photos that they took at specific places. Explore will be similar, except people will be able to see what other people have shared around the world.

Take a scroll down memory lane and revisit your favorite Snapchat Memories pegged to the places they happened, or go on a virtual expedition to sights and events captured through Snapchat cameras around the world with Explore. Whether you're in the mood to look back or just look around, Memories and Explore let you activate a personalized worldview that brings you closer to places you care about.

Apple iPhone with Snapchat

Apple iPhone with Snapchat (Image credit: iMore)

Both new layers are rolling out to Snapchat users on iOS right now. Don't yet have Snapchat installed? You can find it in the App Store and download it right here (opens in new tab).

Snapchat is one of the best iPhone apps at what it does, despite heavy competition from the likes of Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.

Oliver Haslam
Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.