Snapchat has risen to become the most active social media platform among users aged 13 to 25. Snapchat currently touts an estimated 200 million monthly active users and 100 million daily active users, which, after a mere four years of existence, puts it ahead of all of its competitors. If you have a general idea of how Snapchat works, here are some tips on how to maximise your experience!
When you open the Snapchat app, you will be taken directly to the camera view, which is the main screen in Snapchat. Once you’ve taken a photo, swipe your finger left and right to preview all the available filters. These can be selected by location, temperature, speed and other categories. Once you’ve selected your first filter, all you have to do is tap and hold on the screen, and then swipe left or right to add a second filter. This allows you to up your Snapchat game and applies a second filter in one quick motion.
One of the more recent additions to Snapchat is speed filters, which essentially allow you to slow down, speed up, or rewind videos. In fact, you can string together various videos with different filters to create a boomerang effect. To add these filters to your videos, simply record a video and add the speed filter as though you would any other filter and start to make some movie magic.
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Snapchat is meant to be a platform that is ephemeral. But if you want to go against the entire ethos of the platform and save snaps, all you have to do is use the save icon to save the snap to your phone. This looks like an arrow pointing downward and looks remarkably similar to the download icon on iPhones. If you save someone’s snap that they sent, it will inform them that you did this, so it’s better to avoid this or just use a third-party app like SnapCrack.
You can draw on photos using the Doodle icon in the top-right corner but there is a wide variety of colours available to doodle with. Once you start drawing on your snap, drag your finger down from the slider, across the bottom, and then back up again to access an additional colour palette that includes the colours black and white. These additional colours may not serve a huge purpose, but they will allow you to draw things such as greying hairs or other bodily growths in a wider variety of colours.
Like most social media apps, Snapchat uses a good amount of data passively. To stop this, enable travel mode from the settings menu. When you go to settings panel, click on Manage under the Additional Services tab. Travel mode will make it so that Snapchat doesn’t automatically load snaps to your phone, and is best used for when you’re in an area outside your home or are travelling internationally.