How to use snapchat - A guide for Newbies

If you're here reading this article, it probably means you've just downloaded Snapchat for the first time and confused on how to use it. Don't worry, you're not alone as when I installed Snapchat for the first time, it took me time to get the hang of it too. You must be thinking that Snapchat may just be another social network, why use it? Snapchat is not just "another" social network, it's " the " social network as it possesses uniqueness as compared to other popular social networking sites such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter etc.

Here's why: 

Self-destructing snaps: You can set a specific timer for your snap before sending it, which will make the snap self destruct (disappear) after the timer is over. Although users can take screenshots, but if they do - you will be notified. 

Snapchat stories: You can add snaps to your Snapchat stories, which will be viewable for 24 hours after you upload it.

Filters: You can swap right or left after taking a Snap to apply unique filters such as speed meter, time, temperature etc or beauty effects to make your Snap look better. 

Drawing: You can get creative by drawing over your selfie or video by pressing the pencil button on top right corner of your screen. 

Caption: Just tap anywhere on the photo or video to add a caption (a strip of text), you can write anything and then save the snap later along with the strip of text/caption.

Now that you know what Snapchat and is what it can do. It's time to move on how to use Snapchat.
 

How to add Friends on Snapchat


The first thing to do after joining any new social network is to add friends or else they're no fun The more friends, the more you'll enjoy Snapchat. 
  • Open Snapchat and swipe down.
  • Press " Add friends "
  • You'll see 3 options, pick any of the following:
how to add friends on snapchat by username, snapcode or address book

Add by username: As the name states, just type down your friend's user and press Add.

Add from Address book: If your phone contact is on Snapchat, you can easily add them from here. 

Add by Snapcode: Every Snapchat account has an unique Snapcode, which you can screenshot and then scan the screenshot to add them easily. 

Tip: You cans screenshot your own Snapcode and upload it on your other Social networks to increase your chances of friend requests on Snapchat. 


How to send a Snap on Snapchat

After you've done adding friends on Snapchat, it's time to start using it. The first thing you should know is how to send a Snap. 
  • Open your Snapchat.
  • Press the " Grey " button in the middle to take a picture or hold it to record a video.

how to take a snap on snapchat


  • After you've taken a Snap/recorded a video, it's time to edit it (by applying filters, text, drawing etc)

  • After you've finished editing, set a timer and then press the grey arrow pointing towards right on the bottom-right corner of the screen.

how to edit a snap on snapchat by applying filters, caption and drawing


  • Press the names of where you want to send the Snaps too and then press the Arrow on the bottom right corner again to finish posting. 


If you posted your Snaps to your story, then you can view your own story by swiping right from Snapchat's home screen and pressing " My story. "

Don't worry if you forgot to save your snaps/videos as you can save them manually from viewing your own Snapchat story. 
 

How to chat on Snapchat

Snapchat is not only restricted to sharing photos/videos, but also allows you to send messages to your friends that self destruct after both parties have viewed them. 
  • Open Snapchat and swipe left. 

how to send private message on snapchat


  • Press the speech bubble icon on top right corner and select the friend you want to chat with.

But that's not all as Snapchat's new chat update 2.0 allows you to do more than just send a text message.


how to send photos from gallery, send smileys, video or voice call on snapchat

Send photos from gallery: You can send photos from your gallery, even if it isn't took using Snapchat.

Video/Voice chat: What makes Snapchat's video chat unique as compared to others is the fact that you can share photos as you talk, which hasn't been implemented on many other video chatting services such as Skype. If the user is offline, you can leave a audio message for them to listen when they come online.

Stickers: Similar to Viber and Facebook Messenger. Snapchat chat has over 150 stickers that you can send to your friends. 
 


Hope you enjoyed my article on how to use snapchat, if you've any questions regarding Snapchat or just wanna leave feedback. Comment in the comment section below.




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