1. Access hidden Snapchat settings
Swipe down and tap the Settings icon. Scroll down to Additional services > Manage and check out the hidden Snapchat options. These include front-facing flash, friend emojis, permissions and filters. You can even reduce Snapchat’s data consumption when you’re traveling.
2. Switch between front-facing and main camera during Snaps
This feature doesn’t work for everyone (unless you’re on iOS, ahem) but it is possible to double tap the screen to switch between the front-facing and main camera while recording a video Snap. This is great for capturing your reaction to what’s in front of you for your friends.
3. Use multiple filters
Once you’ve taken a Snap you can swipe left to add color filters and more. But did you know you can also layer filters? Say you’ve taken a photo, and you want to make it black and white, but you also really want to put the time on it. Just swipe to the black and white filter, then hold the screen with one finger and keep swiping to the time filter. Done.
4. Set up login verification
Login verification is basically two-step authentication for Snapchat. Add a phone number to your account and hit up the settings to enable Login verification. You’ll receive a code via SMS whenever you (or someone else) tries to log into your account on an unfamiliar device.
5. Add a soundtrack to your video Snaps
If you’d like some audio accompaniment on your video Snaps, just open your music player app, start the tune you want in your Snap, switch back to Snapchat and record your video. You’ll now have your very own music video Snap.
6. Add a profile GIF
Swipe down from the top of the screen to see your Snap code. Tap the ghost and you’ll see your mug in the viewfinder. Tap the shutter button and you’ll get yourself five selfies that are then turned into a GIF in your Snap code.
7. Spice up your captions
When you tap the pen icon to add a caption in Snapchat you’re automatically given a basic font with a background across your image. But if you tap the pen icon a few more times, you get larger, centered text. You can also select a color from the palette in the top right, add emoji with the sticky note icon and rotate, resize and move your additions.
8. Enable location filters
Once you’ve taken a photo you can add filters including time, temperature, speed and some color overlays to your Snap by swiping left, but did you know that there’s also a check box for location filters in Settings. Enable this to add location information to your Snaps.
9. Verify your email address
If you’re relatively new to Snapchat then it’s a good idea to check the settings to make sure you have a verified email address attached to your account, and to review the new terms and conditions of Snapchat service (there have been some changes to your visible name and other information, so it’s worth keeping up to date).
10. Write your own Story
Stories are Snaps that are visible to your contacts for an unlimited number of times for the next 24 hours. So whenever you grab a great Snap that you know your friends are going to want to see more than once, tap the square icon at the bottom of your Snap window with the plus sign on it. It will then be saved under Stories in the Discover tab. You can see who has been viewing your Story by tapping the eyeball next to your shared Story.
Stories are a fun feature
What do you think?
If you get a link from someone who isn’t your friend on Snapchat yet, for anti-spam and security reasons, Snapchat will block you from opening the link. The link will appear just as text, rather than as an active clickable hyperlink. Here is how you can open these links anyway:
Open the chat with the link you want to open, then press and hold the message containing the link for a few seconds to save the message. Next, open the menu on the top left, and add the user who sent the message as a friend. Then leave the chat briefly, and when you return, you will be able to open the hyperlink.
Are you on Snapchat? How many Snaps do you send a day?