Snapchat: A guide on how to use its new features
The popular app Snapchat has worked its way up into mainstream mobile culture since its first appearance a few years ago. Research shows that 60% of Smartphone users are now on Snapchat. An estimated 150 million people now use the popular messaging app; that’s more than Twitter, which now has only 140 million active users.
Following Snapchat’s update in March there are many new features that some users are still not familiar with.
Here’s our simple guide on how to get to grips with the main new features:
Front facing flash:
If you’re using Snapchat to send selfies but you’re in the dark you can switch the front facing flash on and off by tapping the icon in the top left of the screen.
You can add filters to your Snapchat photos to create an effect, however they are not switched on automatically, so:
- Swipe left or right on your photo and you will see a message which says ‘turn on filters.
- Tap the ‘I want filters’ button at the bottom of the screen.
- You will be taken to the ‘additional services’ page in the stings menu.
- Tick the Filters box.
Snapchat Chat 2.0
To start chatting with someone on Chat 2.0 swipe right on the contact you wish to talk to and it will open a chat window with that person. The new features of Snapchat include:
200 stickers available in private chats
- Video notes that let you record 10 seconds of video that’ll play when your friend watches.
- Audio notes/messages.
- Video and Audio calls.
- Send photos during video and audio calls.
Updated daily, users can have fun with the different lenses and effects, and has become one of the most popular features of Snapchat.
How to access the Lenses:
- Turn the camera so your face is on the phone's screen.
- Tap and hold on your face until a mesh appears and then release.
- Various lenses will appear to the side of the capture button, which you can slide through. To get the full effect of the Lens you may have to open your mouth.
One of the most talked about and used features is the Snapchat Face Swap, which simply swaps the faces of those who are in the camera frame, and as of 22nd April the ability to face swap with a photo from your phone's photo library was introduced.
- Update to the latest version of Snapchat.
- Open up the Snapchat App on selfies mode.
- Tap and hold your face until a white mesh appears.
- Scroll through the lens options that appear at the bottom of your screen. The face swap icon is yellow with two smiley faces inside.
- Align your faces with the icons that now appear on your screen.
To swap with a face from your Camera roll
- Scroll to the purple face swap icon after tapping and holding your face.
- Snapchat will find faces from your photo library. You can scroll and find the face you want to swap with.
Snapchat stories are a collection of photos and videos taken by yourself or Snapchat friends over a 24 -hour period and can be viewed and replayed. Stories automatically move onto the next story in your contact list, and you can now reply to a specific photo or video by swiping up from the bottom of the display and typing your message. Your friend will receive the message along with a snapshot of the photo or video you are replying to.
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