Snapchat could face a lot of heat for its latest update which brings a freshly redesigned interface, but doesn't take away from the fact that the service is still growing. Yes, Snapchat has experienced an increase in new installations and user growth since the update has landed. Also, as the company has made it clear that the new update is here to stay, the only thing users can do is make the most of it. If you are one of those users who find it difficult to adapt to the new redesign, this article is just for you. In this article we will see all the news related to the redesign of the app and we will also learn some tricks that will help us use the app in a better way:
15 Cool Snapchat tips and tricks
1. Apply Face Snapchat lenses after clicking on a photo
Snapchat recently introduced a new feature for the beta version of its Android app that allows users to use face lenses even after clicking on a photo. After clicking on a photo, Snapchat will will show a "Smiley" icon under the "Paperclip" link icon . Touch it to access the full range of face lenses like when you apply them before taking the photo. Remember that the function will only work if your face is visible . If your photo does not clearly show your face, the app will not show the smiley face icon which gives you access to face lenses.
Speaking of Snapchat lenses, did you know that you can also use Snapchat Lenses on your Mac or Windows PC? Well, you can, and you can use them to stream games on Twitch with Snapchat filters, or even make video calls with Snpachat filters applied to your face.
2. Get to know the new Snapchat interface
Snapchat is getting a lot of problems with its new UI, but like I said, update here to stay and you might as well get used to it. Fortunately, the changes aren't as drastic as online comments make it seem. Opposite, the new update makes the app more accessible. Just like before, when you open the app, it will open directly in the camera app. From you can swipe from left to right to open your chats which is now renamed as "Friends" . This is because now the Friends page not only hosts all your chats but also the stories of your friends.
The contents of all publishers and influencers can be easily accessed by sliding from right to left which opens the Discover page . All content that was created by influencers, publishers or people you have followed is hosted here. The best part that the stories of your followed personalities will always be at the top so that they don't get lost in the sea of ??stories from other publishers. You can also touch the search icon to easily access your Snap map.
3. Recover the old Snapchat
If nothing can convince you to use the new Snapchat, you have the option to restore the previous user interface. To install the old Snapchat on the Android device, you must first uninstall the app, then download the latest version of the old app from APK Mirror e install the downloaded app on your device . You can click here for step-by-step instructions on how to do this trick. However, remember that you will remain forever in the previous version of Snapchat and you will not receive any new features released by the service.
On iOS, you will first need to delete the app. Therefore go to iTunes and App Store -> disable automatic updates . Now, download Snapchat again and, while logging in, select the Forgot Password option. Now, choose to restore via phone option and change password. The last step log in and you will have the old user interface back. However, remember that this will erase all your memories forever. In addition, you will not receive any new features released by the service.
4. Recognize the songs with the integration of Shazam
While not really a new feature, still not many people know about this. So tell me, did you know you can use Snapchat's Shazam integration to identify the songs they are playing? If you don't know, don't worry because I'm going to tell you how to do just that. All you need to do launch the app and hold on the camera viewfinder until the app recognizes the song .
5. Share stories outside the app
With the new update, Snapchat now also lets you share stories outside the app. To share a story outside of Snapchat, instead of touching a story to view it, touch and hold to bring options . Here, you will also find the option to share the story outside the app.
6. Send money using Snapchat
Just a few months ago, Snapchat launched a Snapcash feature that allows users to send money to their friends. That said, unfortunately, at the moment, the feature only available in the United States for now. If you live in the U.S. and want to use this feature, you need to set up payment first. To do this, first, touch the profile icon in the camera app and then touch the gear icon . Here, scroll down to find the Snapcash option and tap to configure it.
Remember that to use this feature you must be over 18 years old. To configure it you have to first enter your credit / debit card details and then add it to your account. Once you do, open the chat of the person you want to send money to and enter the amount you want to send. For example, if you want to send $ 5 to type "$ 5" . Once typed, the submit button will instantly turn into a Snapcash button. Touch the Snapchash button or the Submit button on the keyboard, then confirm the transaction. Since the feature only available in the U.S., it is not possible to show you the whole process, however, if you follow the steps, everything will be fine.
7. Disable snap map
A few months ago, Snapchat introduced a new Snap Map feature that allows your friends to see where you are so they can join you or vice versa. Having said that, this feature has scared a lot of people who value their privacy.
Fortunately, their a setting within the Snap Map feature that allows you to keep your location for yourself. To do this, launch the app and pinch with two fingers to enter Snap Map mode . Here, tap on the gear icon and activate Ghost mode. Ghost mode will ensure that none of your friends can see your position.
8. Find celebrities easily on Snapchat
If you want to find celebrities to follow on Snapchat but don't want to enter their username one by one, there is an easy way to find celebrities on Snapchat. Just tap the Search button inside the Snapchat app and search for the word "official" . Snapchat will list all official accounts starting with official celebrities. Of course, not all celebrities can be found this way, however, an easy way to find a lot of celebrities without having to enter their username one by one.
9. Easily download your Snapchat historical data
If you have been using Snapchat for a long time e you want to see what kind of data Snapchat is keeping you, you can do this easily by asking Snapchat to share that data with you. To do this, first visit the accounts.snapchat.com page and log in with your username and password.
Here, click on the "MY DATA" button and then click on the "Send request" button . Remember that you must have a verified email ID linked to your account as Snapchat will send you a link to downland the data on your official email ID.
10. Use of Audience Analytics
Snapchat has finally released a feature called Snapchat Insights for creators that allows them to view Story Views and View Time divided by week, month and year. To access your analysis panel, first tap on bitmoji in the upper left corner of the camera screen . Now, tap on the Statistics button. Here Snapchat will provide two different analytical parameters.
The first story View statistics which shows you the total number of times your stories have been viewed since the beginning of this year . The second insight is the viewing time which shows the amount of time users have spent viewing your stories. similar to YouTube Views and YouTube Watch time. The data is divided into weeks and months. You can also see what percentage of viewers are male and female and which age group they belong to.
11. Use of context cards
Snapchat also recently introduced a new feature called Context Cards that allows users to get contextual information about Snapchat stories by scrolling through them. Context Cards can contain information such as reviews of critics and customers, directions, opening hours, contact telephone numbers, trips from travel sharing services and more. Currently, the feature only available in certain countries, however, the company has promised that it will expand this feature to other countries very soon. Remember that if a story has a context card attached, it will show an arrow at the top with the word "other" written under it.
12. Buy the goods from the Snap Store
Snapchat known for selling its merchandise through its platform and the company recently expanded its selection by launching its official Snap Store in the United States. Users can easily find the Snap Store by visiting the Discover section of the app (swipe from right to left on the snap camera screen).
On his shop, Snapchat is selling products like the Dancing Hot Dog Plushie, Back Best Friend t-shirts, the Streak Hat and more . The only sad part is that the function like many others is currently working only in the United States.
13. Use the Magic Eraser tool on Snapchat
Although this is not as new as some of the others on this list, surprisingly not many people are aware of it. The magic eraser tool on Snapchat allows users to eliminate unwanted things they have captured in the camera frame . To use the tool, after capturing a shot, touch the scissors icon.
Here, touch the magic eraser indicated by the star icon and then draw on the object you want to remove using your finger . Wait a few moments and the object will be removed, just as if by magic.
14. Use Bitmoji Deluxe
A few weeks ago, Snapchat introduced the new edition of Bitmoji Deluxe which adds a ton of new skin tones, hair styles, hair colors, facial features, accessories and more still in the Bitmoji app. If you take time to create your bitmoji, you can make it look almost like your replica.
To do it, touch the bitmoji icon on your app's camera screen and then touch your bitmoji icon . Now, tap on the Change Bitmjoi option in the next two screens and Snapchat will open the Bitmoji app where you can find all the new updates.
15. Create your filter and lenses
Another American feature that Snapchat recently introduced is the ability to create filers and lenses directly from your Snapchat app. The filters and objectives that you create will be georeferenced and will be available only for a pre-established period of time. The idea that users can create personalized filters for different occasions such as birthday parties or weddings. To create a filter, go to profile -> settings -> and tap on the Filters and lenses option .
Now choose if you want to create filters or lenses and then create your own custom lens or filter .
After creating your custom filter or goal, select the time and location where you want this feature to be available. Now, all you have to do is shell out $ 9.99 and make the filter available .
16. Capture Screenshot without user notification
This is one of the most requested features by Snapchat users and we have discovered a very simple way to run it. Previously, the steps asked you to wait for the snaps to load, turn on airplane mode, take the screenshot, clear the app cache, and more. However, even after doing so much, you still wouldn't be sure if it worked or not.
However, the method I show you today will always work smoothly. All you have to do is open the snap you want to take a screenshot of activate the Google Assistant by long pressing on the Home button or in any case you have set it . On the screen, you will see that Google Assistant offers you a button for "Share screens". Use this button to take the screenshot and share it with your Photos app to save it. so, you just took a screenshot of Snap without the sender being wiser.
On iOS, you will need to download the Sneakaboo app. Once installed, log in with your Snapchat username and id and it will load all the snaps. Here you can download them all without informing the author of the original upload. Remember that you will spend a digital currency / download and it will cost you $ 1.99 for 10 coins . If you want to take screenshots for free, you will need to use a secondary phone or use the Quick Time reader on your Mac.
16 best Snapchat tricks for Android and iPhone
Snapchat's new user interface can be confusing for users who have become accustomed to the previous user interface since the service started. However, I think once you get used to it, you will appreciate all the new features that the service is bringing after launching the new UI. Let us know what your favorite tricks are by leaving them in the comments section below.