Snapchat is one of the hottest messaging services, but its use can be confusing. I know it was hard for me to understand. In this post, you'll learn everything you need to know about Snapchat. There are more than just naughty sextings (though this is an important part), so let's start.
What is Snapchat?
First things first: Snapchat is a messaging service. We know that you have many chat apps, but the special thing about this app is that no message really stays close.
Users can send friends photo and video messages that destroy themselves after watching. Once gone, these messages will never be seen again. Unless you are taking a screenshot, that is, your friend will be notified when you do so.
The social media and news app is one of the most popular statista, with 287 million active users per month. This is far from the 2.32 billion active Facebook users per month, but younger generations love Snapchat.
According to Statista, 46 percent of teens in the US prefer to use Snapchat as their main social network when asked in a poll in the fall of 2018 compared to 32 percent of US teenagers who prefer Instagram, and only 6 Percent who prefer Facebook and Twitter.
Each app has its own language, and Snapchat is no exception. Let's take a look at the key Snapchat terms you need to use this app effectively and see what your friends are talking to you about.
- Snapshot: A snapshot is a picture or video that you send via Snapchat. It can be sent to multiple users and will be deleted after viewing.
- Stories: Even though they are temporary, they last longer than normal snapshots and chats. Stories can be viewed as often as you like, but only for 24 hours. Stories are also shared with all your friends.
- Chat: Snapchat uses chats for more private conversations. This is a basic instant messaging feature, but it will not show up even after viewing.
- Reminders: reminders allow users to save snapshots for future use. This is the only way to keep content without deleting it.
- Filter: Snapchat filters let you change the mood of your image. These can change hues, saturation, shadows and more.
- Lenses: Lenses are animated special effects that you can add to your recordings.
- Snapcode: Snapcodes are QR codes that are used to easily add friends.
- Bitmoji: A bitmoji is a snapchat version of an avatar. This icon displays an animated character that you can customize to look like you.
- Snap Map: Snap Map is an area of the app that displays both your location and that of your friends.
Download the Snapchat App
You must download it first! Once you've downloaded the app, you can sign up (or sign up) and add friends to your contacts list who may already be registered with Snapchat.
Register or Log In
If you already have an account, simply enter your username and password. However, those who are viewing this post may not have one. In this case, follow the instructions below to secure a Snapchat account.
- Open the Snapchat app.
- Click on the "Login" button.
- Enable requested permissions.
- Enter your first and last name.
- Enter your birthday.
- Find a username that has not been assigned yet.
- Create a password.
- Enter your e-mail address.
- Enter your phone number. Wait for the confirmation number to arrive as a text message. Enter the confirmation number.
- You're done!
Navigating the Snapchat App
Once you've set it up, the application takes you straight into the fun. Snapchat accesses your camera and shows you a live feed of the view as a splash screen.
Use the buttons in the upper-right corner to turn on the flash, switch to the selfie camera, or add friends to your snapshots. You can also expand these settings to display timer and grid options.
In the upper left corner is an icon with your bitmoji. This is the main menu, so to speak. Find your preferences, contact information, stories, Bitmoji options, and more.
Below the right and left of your trigger are some icons. This will take you to your messages and to the Detect section.
Swipe down from the splash screen to access the capture card. The lenses are to the right of the shutter speed, while the icon below the shutter speed displays the reminders.
Taking and Sending a Snapshot
You can take a picture by tapping the shutter button on the Home screen. Holding down this button will record a video clip. Taking the actual photo or video is only half the fun. There are enough editing options to make a normal recording entertaining and dynamic.
Tap the smiley face next to the trigger to access Snapchat lenses. These make it possible to add a little sparkle to your pictures or videos with animated filters. Many of them can analyze your face and change your appearance. You can turn yourself into a puppy, rock a beard, have horns and much more. Some of them are interactive and respond to certain actions like opening the mouth. Others also support more than one person in the frame.
The label function can be accessed from the edit page. It looks like a sticky note. Press this button to open a full page of stickers. Just tap the page you want.
To move them, simply drag them with your finger. When you're working on a video, you can hang it on anything, even if the subject is moving. Just tap and hold the sticker and drag it to the object in the video where it should adhere. Let's say it's my eye. Once you have found the sticker, you can let it go. He follows what you have laid him over. In this case, my eye.
Adding a text is just as easy. Just tap the "T" button and you can write everything on a shaded area. When you're done, you can get rid of the keyboard and drag the text area to your liking.
Use the pen button on the edit page to draw over your images or clips. You get a variety of color options. Just draw with your finger after selecting a color. You can also start your drawing over again with the "Update" button.
Use the scissors icon to cut and paste parts of your content into your snap. Select the scissors icon, outline the area you want to cut, and drag it to the desired location.
The paperclip icon lets you attach a URL to your snap. Just tap the paper clip, find or paste a URL, and then attach it.
You can set a timeout for your snapshots. Just tap the timer icon and choose your preferred option.
Once you have taken a picture, simply swipe left or right on the edit page. This will add a filter to your photo or video.
Saving Snapshots with Reminders
It used to be that a snapshot quickly disappeared when you took it. Now you can save any snap you make with the Memories feature. All you have to do is tap the Save icon in the lower left corner of the screen after editing the snap.
To access the storage feature and view your saved snaps, tap the icon on the right side of the Shutter button on the home screen.
Viewing a Snaps
To view a snapshot, simply follow these steps.
- Open the Snapchat app.
- On the Home screen, swipe left to right to open the Friends page.
- New snapshots will be here along with chat messages.
- New snapshots can look either red or purple. Red snapshots have no audio while purple ones do.
- Tap the catch to open and display it.
- Tap the snap twice to redisplay it (last chance!).
- The snapshot is gone! Unless you took a screenshot. Remember, your friend will be notified when you immortalize the snap with a screenshot.
Publishing a story
As mentioned earlier, stories are snaps that are available 24 hours a day. This means posting a story is very similar to sending a snapshot. Here's how it's done.
- Open the Snapchat app.
- Take your picture or video.
- Edit your content.
- Instead of pressing the Send To button, tap the Story icon in the lower-left corner.
Alternatively, you can do the following:
- Open the Snapchat app.
- Tap the Snapchat avatar icon in the upper left corner.
- Under "Stories," select "Add to my story."
- Take your picture or video.
- Edit the content.
- Below is a section called "My Story". Tap to access more options.
- Here you can create groups, add friends, make history private, and more.
Swipe to the other side of the Home screen (from right to left) to display the Discover page. Here you will find everything you need to know about the stories of your friends. You can search with the magnifying glass or just scroll through the Recent Updates or All Stories sections.
The stories are easy to go through. Just tap on the stories and they'll be displayed. Flipping through various stories is as easy as tapping the screen at any time. Alternatively, you can pull the chat window down while watching a story post and start a conversation. This can also be done by wiping. If you swipe down, the story session will be closed.
Storing stories as reminders
Like snapshots, you can also save your stories to the Snapback reminders area:
- Tap the profile button that you can use at the top left of the profile screen.
- Tap the menu icon (the three horizontal dots) to the right of your story.
- Tap the Story Settings section.
- Tap Save icon to save your story.
There's also the option to save a single snap from a story:
- Tap the Profile button.
- Touch the name of the story.
- Tap to save the single snap.
- Tap the Save icon to save this Snap to Memories.
Sending private messages through Snapchat is easy. Just swipe from left to right on the Home screen (Camera Area) and you will be redirected to your Inbox.
Alternatively, you can tap the Friends button in the lower left corner. Here live the news of your friends. You can use the search function to find a specific friend or message. At the top right of this page is a button to start a conversation.
There are two ways to interact with your messaging threads. The more basic is to touch and hold a conversation. There are several options available: one to show the chat, one to send a picture or video, and a gear icon with some options (including the ability to block a user).
Otherwise, just tap Click on a thread and swipe left to right to access the chat. This chat contains all the content your friend sent you. Remember that everything is temporary here. Messages disappear after displaying. You can also send pictures and emojis and start video and voice calls.
Note: We did not focus too much on voice and video calls here. It's just not a feature that many people turn to Snapchat for, but it's there just in case you want it.
If you're feeling a bit adventurous, you can also browse the Discover section, which contains Snapchat accounts from websites and other users. Sites like MTV, Vice, BuzzFeed, and other content creators post Snapchat posts. Instead of notifying them when viewing a snapshot, you can access their articles by swiping up.
Time to take a picture! We hope you enjoyed our tutorial on using Snapchat. Please check the comments and let us know if you have any other tips for other Snapchat users. Maybe you have a few questions. We'd love to hear from you.