With about 250 mln users, Snapchat is becoming one of the used social apps in the whole app world. This app is both used in Apple and in Android. It’s an app, with which you are able to send photos, videos, messages to many people. The uniqueness of this app consists in a thing, the sent snaps are automatically deleted after people see them. These snaps are deleted usually after ten seconds or even less. So, if you still don’t use snapchat, today we are going to introduce you a guide on usage of this app both on iOS and Android and show the meanings of different icons in this app. So, here are the steps:
1. Downloading Snapchat App
No matter which system you use, iOS or Android, you are able to download the app from both stores. This app is not a paid one.
2. Signing up
After installing the app, just sign up. You just need to write your email, pass and age. Remember, that in order to sign up,you should to be more than thirteen. After entering this info, you must write a username, which is the name by which people will find you. Be careful to choose a good one, because you will not be able to replace it in the future. After this, write your phone number, in order for Snapchat to find your friends.
3. Adding contacts
When you enter your phone number, a list which will contain contacts will be automatically created. Here, you are able to add your own contact by taping the + icon near their names. However, if there are people you would like to add and they are not in your contact list, you can search them in the search bar. After adding them, they will add you back and the conversation between you can be started.
4. Taking photo and video
If you would like to take picture and video in Snapchat, you just need go to the general screen of Snapchat and press the button. In case of pictures, you need to press it one time, in case of videos, you must tap it and hold it in order to record the video.
5. Editing the snaps
When you are done with taking photos or videos, it is the right time to edit , as there are many editing tools in this app. For example, you can add some drawings in the pictures, you can add captions or apply some filters.
6. Setting the duration
As I mentioned earlier, after seeing the snap usually in ten seconds, it’s automatically deleted. However, you are able to change this duration by yourself. You can make it shorter or longer.
7. Sending the snap
After doing the previous steps, now you can send the snap to one or many users. If you have been using this app for a long time, there will be automatically created a “most recent” list, where those friends will be included, with who you chat the most. However, if you just started using it, you just need to scroll the list of your contacts and select people.
8. Viewing the snap
When you get snaps, you will receive notifications as well. You should enter the app and there you will see a square icon, which shows how many snaps are there. To view them, you need to press on them and hold them as long as you want to view them. In addition, there is a countdown part, which shows how much time is left for viewing. Remember, that after this time, you will not be able to see the snaps again.
9. Chatting with friends
Before chatting, you should be sure that person is online. Like everything in this app, text messages don’t last forever. You can view them as long as you are on the screen. After leaving it, you cannot see them again. However, if you want to save the messages, you can just make screenshots.
10. Making video chats
Besides charring via messages, you can also chat with people via videos. In order to do so, all you need to do is pressing and holding the chat button.
11. Blocking contacts
If you would like to block someone, you just need to go to the contact select the icon near the contact’s name and choose block/delete option.
Meanings of different icons
The snap is sent with no sound
The snap is sent with sound
The chat message is sent
The snap with sound is opened
The chat message is opened
Snaps received have sound
Chat message is received
The snap with no sound is viewed
The snap with sound is viewed
The chat message is viewed
The snap with sound is screenshotted
The chat message is screenshotted
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