Many of Snapchat’s best features are unknown to its users, buried within the app. Here are 14 Hidden Snapchat Hacks & Features:
1. Use Snapchat for voice and video calls.
Start a live voice or video chat lasting any amount of time by opening up a chat conversation with your friend and click on the phone or video icon and it will begin ringing them. Or leave a 10-second voice or video message, by holding down on the voice or video call icon to begin recording immediately. When you release the button the recording will stop and send immediately with no do-overs.
2. Turn on two filters at once.
Can’t choose between giving your photo a blur hue and letting your friends know it’s 29 degrees? You can now use both filters at the same time by holding down the screen with one finger and swipe left or right with another to find your second filter.
3. Get creative with stickers.
You know about adding emoji’s but have you used the new stickers yet?
Tap on the folded paper icon on the top of your screen next to the “T” text icon to view the Find the stickers you want. Use two fingers to rotate, or resize by pinching and zooming.
Drag your emoji or sticker to the trash icon to delete it, which appears in place of the folded paper icon once you hold your finger down on the emoji you want to remove.
4. Create your own filters.
Use some of the more transparent emojis by enlarging them until they cover the whole screen.
6. Create your own Bitmoji.
You can now turn yourself into your own personalised emoji. Download the Bitmoji app and create an avatar, just like did when playing the Sims! Endless new emojis will then be added to your snapchat.
7. “Pin” emojis and stickers to objects in your videos.
Hold the emoji or sticker down with your finger.
8. Make your videos go in fast-forward, slow motion, or rewind.
Record your video and then swipe sideways to find them among the filters.
9. Draw in black or white.
The colour palette in Snapchat’s drawing tool doesn’t offer black and white — but there’s a trick to finding these colours. Start by holding your finger down on the colour pallet and then without removing your finger, swipe it to the upper left corner of your screen for white or to the bottom right corner of your screen for black.
10. Change the colour, size, and orientation of your text.
Tap the “T” icon again to make the text larger and remove that shadowed background, and then tap the text itself to open up the colour palette. Drag your finger along the palette to change the text colour.
To change the orientation and/or size of the text, use two fingers to rotate it or resize it by pinching and zooming. You can move the text around to wherever you want on the screen simply by holding your finger on the text and moving it around.
11. Exceed Snapchat’s text limit.
Snapchat recently extended their text limit on Snapchat to 33 characters but to further by typing your message in the Notes app, copy it, and paste it into the text field in Snapchat.
12. Turn on “travel mode” to save data.
If you’re a regular user of Snapchat you will know it drains the your phone’s battery.
But you can now set your Snapchat app to travel mode.
This also allows you send or upload your picture or video later.
Turn your Snapchat app to travel mode in settings (tap the ghost icon in the top centre of the screen and then tapping the gear icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen). Then tap “Manage” under “Additional Services” and toggle “Travel Mode” on.
13. Create your own geofilter.
(If you live the U.S., U.K., and Canada. Coming soon to everywhere else).
You can create your own geofilters filter by taking a photo or video in a specific location. Upload an image with a transparent background (or use one of Snapchat’s pre-made templates), to http://geofilters.snapchat.com, pick a date, time, and location for it, and submit it to Snapchat along with your payment. The Snapchat team promises to review submissions within one business day.
14. Add music to your videos.
Take a video on Snapchat while the song is playing on your phone. The video recorder on Snapchat will pick up the music and it’ll automatically become part of your video.
15. Turn the sound off in your videos.
Tap the microphone icon on the bottom left-hand side of your screen after you have recorded your video.
16. Save a Story in the New Memories.
All your stories will now be automatically saved in the new memories section of your app. This handy feature saves you from saving all your snaps to your phone using up memory. They will be saved to your Snapchat account similar to Apples “Cloud”.
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I realise I wrote this post the same day Instagram introduced it’s new stories feature. Bit of a funny/ annoying coincidence but I’m excited to try the Instagram stories and will be posting a review soon. Keep an eye out here for that.