Snapchat is a great and fun app to use. Its popularity has been growing rapidly in the past couple of years and isn’t showing signs of slowing down anytime soon. Whether you’re using Android or iOS, Snapchat is a must-have app. If you want to know how to use Snapchat like you really, really mean it, keep on reading!
Facebook made an offer to buyout Snapchat for a whopping $3 billion. Honestly, I would’ve sold it right then and there, but that’s just me. Snapchat is now valued at an amazing $10 billion! Looks like they had better decision making powers than me.
Being ranked as the third most popular app amongst millennials, it is only slightly behind Instagram and still has a way to go to catch up to Facebook.
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What is Snapchat All About?
Snapchat is the app which really gave meaningful life to the “self-destructing” photos and videos concept. It allows you to send and receive photos and videos and view them for a limited period of time. These temporary life videos and photos sent through Snapchat are called ‘Snaps’. How amazing is that, right?
Back in 2014, it was estimated that 700 million snaps were being sent each and every day. Wow! Facebook has even tried to launch a similar app, which was called Slingshot, but failed to gain any traction and popularity.
With Snapchat, you don’t have to see the same old boring pictures and videos that we’re so used to. Now, it’s easy to make fun, captioned and doodle-filled content with a few taps on your screen and sent some amazing content to anyone in your friends list.
According to the latest stats, there are more than 1666 million users active on Snapchat and watching 10 billion videos per day. Even some of the biggest brands have caught on to the trend and have their own dedicated Snapchat profiles.
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Download Snapchat for iOS and Android
Snapchat is available for a huge variety of Android and iOS devices. Smartphones and tablets alike. Go ahead and check out the following links to download it according to the device you’re using right now:
The size of Snapchat for iOS is 200+ MB for and close to 100 MB for Android.
Keep in mind that Snapchat is not completely free. Most of the essential features are, but there are several in-app purchases you can make if you’d like. Unlike other ad-based apps, Snapchat is on the better side of being more user friendly.
Once you’ve download Snapchat on your iOS or Android device, we’ll go ahead and get the discussion started on how to use Snapchat like you mean it!
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How to Use Snapchat
Go ahead and open up Snapchat. You will have to create a unique account on Snapchat first before being able to use it.
It’s now time to sign for Snapchat. Most of you would usually just sign in using your social media account, like Facebook. Unfortunately, Snapchat doesn’t work like that. You will have to create a new login using your email address to get an account on Snapchat.
Snapchat will ask for your birthday. So just hit that up and tap on continue to get started.
Choose a unique username. This can be literally anything and should be something you’re friends will be able to recognize and add you with on their Snapchat account.
Set a password. Once you have confirmed availability for your username. Go ahead and setup a password. Make sure it isn’t anything easy to guess, a rule of thumb for making passwords for any service.
Signup with Email or Mobile Number. If you use WhatsApp, signing up with your phone number may be a better choice to make. Just because it will allow you to find your contacts a lot easier, unless most of your contacts are on email. Which I highly doubt.
That seemed like a pretty long process, didn’t it? Now that you have setup an account on Snapchat, you can learn how to use Snapchat and start making your own photos/videos which you have always dreamed about.
Don’t forget to add all of your friends from your contact lists. Otherwise you would just be sharing stuff with no one to really be looking at it. If that’s your thing, please proceed by all means.
Whenever you open the Snapchat app, it will take you directly to the camera screen to take photos or videos. When it comes to how to use Snapchat, everyone has their own preferences. One thing to keep in mind, whenever you do tap on Snapchat, don’t be shocked to see yourself without warning because Snapchat usually does do that.
Tap to take a Photo, Hold to make a Video
Quick and easy. You want to take a photo on Snapchat, just tap like you normally would on your phone’s camera app. From here on out, you can choose to add filters, doodles, captions and much more.
Same applies for taking videos, but there is a time limit of 10 seconds. This makes it easy to take quick videos, which are more GIF-like and less time consuming. All you have to do is release your finger from the circle and the video is good to go.
Chatting in Snapchat
Instant messaging is great on a limited amount of apps. Snapchat is certainly one of them. It isn’t that fun to IM on Instagram as it is on Snapchat. You can send video notes, voice notes and even make video or audio calls. It has a diverse range of options which will really benefit you if you learn how to use Snapchat properly.
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What Else Can You Do on Snapchat?
Customize your Snapchat profile
Animated and regular filters
Stories and Memories
Share your Location and use the Snap Map
Add links to your Snapchat
Snapchat Spectacles (Sold Separately)
Backdrops to your content
So, there you have it. Snapchat is exciting and can kill a few hours easily. Now that you know how to use Snapchat like you mean it, get out there and start dominating the show. Take a bunch of pictures and videos and shoot them all out to your friends. Take it easy in the start, otherwise you may start suffering from what’s now known as, “Snapchat Syndrome”.
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