What is Snapchat?
Snapchat originated from two separate strings of the word, snap and chat. It is the most popular social sharing & messaging app that lets users exchange pictures and videos (called snaps) that are default designed to disappear after they’re viewed. That means all messages or posts you have shared will be auto-deleted and discard forever as per the time limit you set to be available to recipients. It leaves you no trace and worries no more knowing it will just stay for a short period of time. It’s advertised as a “new type of camera” because the essential function is to take a picture or video, add filters, lenses, or other effects and share them with friends.
Over 150 million Snapchat users use this mobile application to Snap with families, share stories with friends via video chat, and view events around the globe. Other than social sharing, this is a great way to market your business wherein you can share a Snap picture or video maximum of 10 seconds. You can also take Snaps and stack them to create a flick-book of memories which lasts for 24 hours which is called Story.
Snapchat Top Users by Country (January 2019)
|Country||Snapchat Users in Millions|
The Snapchat Story
As we said it is a multimedia messaging app used globally, created by Evan Spiegel, Bobby Murphy, and Reggie Brown, former students at Stanford University, and developed by Snap Inc., originally Snapchat Inc. It is an app that keeps you in touch with friends and family thanks to its interactive, multimedia messaging system. Share your favorite events live or record them as video messages that automatically disappear without a trace after a few seconds.
One of the principal features of the messaging app is that pictures and messages are usually only available for a short time before they become inaccessible to their recipients. The app has evolved from originally focusing on person-to-person photo sharing to presently featuring users’ “Stories” of 24 hours of chronological content, along with “Discover”, letting brands show ad-supported short-form content.
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Just take a quick Snapshot, add a few stickers or a message and choose how long you want your snap to be visible to your friends. That said, in order for anyone to get your snaps, they’ll need to have the app installed as well. As an added security measure, anytime you send a snap and someone takes a screenshot; you’ll get notified so you’re always in the know on who has pictures of what.
Once upon a time, this group chat app was simply a means to an end: sending dirty pictures that could easily erase. Thankful, now this popular messaging platform has evolved to represent what looks like a major component for the future of social media: video messaging.
It is an easy way to keep in touch with friends or share info about live events using AR face masks, stickers, and ever-changing filters. Snapchat opens right to the camera, so you can send a Snap-in second! Just take a photo or video, add a caption, and send it to your best friends and family. Express yourself with Filters, Lenses, Bitmojis, and all kinds of fun effects.
One of the most popular features of this app among Irish teens are the Lenses which allow users to add fun real-time special effects and sounds, change their voice in videos, face swap with friends, or even super-impose a face from your photo gallery onto your face.
Snapchat filters are layovers that you can add to your photos and videos for effect. Filters enable you to show off your location, speed, temperature, time or add color tones to your photos.
By default, you will have access to the following Snapchat filters:
Let’s start with facial filters. These can be accessed through either side of the camera, assuming there is a face to be recognized. When you open Snapchat, it will open to its default setting of the back-facing camera. If you’re looking to take a selfie, double tap the screen to switch to your front camera. You can also tap on the camera icon on the top right. The edges of this camera form two arrows, which tells you that the button switches the screen around.
Color Effects: You will have the option to choose from sepia, black and white and neon color tones.
Record Filter: Displays a frame and rec icon on top your snap.
Speed Filter: Displays the speed at which you’re traveling. You can change it to MPH or KMPH
Temperature Filter: Displays the current temperature of your location.
Location Filter: Displays your current location on your snap.
Time Filter: Displays the time the photo is taken. You can change the format of the time.
Note: Besides the above, there are thousands of Snapchat filters that you can use depending on your location (these are called Geofilters). You can even create your own filters on
This is relatively new to Snapchat and came in with the 2.0 upgrade in March 2017. It adds a gaming element to the app which can be achieved if you follow a few rules. If you and a friend ‘snap’ each other within 24 hrs for three consecutive days, you will be awarded a fire emoji beside your names.
One more emoji reminder feature, Snapchat Hourglass is an emoji that appears next to a friend’s name on Snapchat when a snap streak is about to end. When the Snapchat hourglass appears, it means that you haven’t been exchanging snaps with your friends within the past 24 hours. To get rid of the hourglass emoji, send a snap to that friend once within 24 hours which is Snapchat Hourglass time limit.
|Emoji||Friend Emoji Name||Snapchat Meaning|
|?||Super BFF||Appears next to the user’s number 1 Best Friend when they are also their number 1 Best Friend for two months in a row.|
|❤️||BFF||Appears next to the user’s number 1 Best Friend when they are also their number 1 Best Friend for two weeks in a row.|
|?||Besties||Appears next to the user’s number 1 Best Friend when they are also their number 1 Best Friend.|
|?||BFs||Appears next to one of the user’s Best Friends|
|?||Their BF, but…||Appears next to someone when the user is one of their Best Friends, but they are not one of the user’s.|
|?||Mutual Besties||Appears next to someone when the user’s number 1 Best Friend is also their number 1 Best Friend.|
|?||Mutual BFs||Appears next to someone whom the user shares a best friend with.|
|?||Snapstreak||Appears next to the number of days that the user and a friend have Snapped each other. If the user and their friend do not both send a Snap within 24 hours, they will lose their Snapstreak.|
|✨||Group Chat||Appears next to all of the user’s group chats.|
|⌛️||Hourglass||Appears next to someone’s name if the user’s Snapstreak is going to end soon.|
|?||Birthday Cake||Appears next to someone when it is their birthday|
Snap Map allows you to see where your contacts are, share your current location and view Snaps from nearby-Snapchat users or users at a specific event or location.
News and shows
Open Discover to explore content from trusted publishers like The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Harper’s Bazaar, and more. This isn’t social media — this is a totally new way to experience stories.
Charms are friendship mementos you share with your friends ? ?
Please Note: For the time being, Charms are rolling out to Snapchatters on iOS only?
When you and your friends do something fun and interesting, you may be surprised with a unique Charm to highlight the achievement!
There’s a Charm for almost everything — it’s up to you and your friends to discover the surprises?
Unlock your creativity with a little friendly competition?
Lens Challenges invite you to create Snaps that fit a specific theme or rule — like a trending dance move, a special event, or a new track by your fave artist!
If you decide to send your Snap to the Lens Challenge Story, it could get selected and shown to the world?
Each Lens Challenge has a unique Lens to inspire you!
Note: Lens Challenges are rolling out slowly.
Snaps you’ve saved to Memories from the past year have been specially categorized to highlight the things you’ve done ⛷ the places you’ve gone? and even the foods you’ve eaten?
Your Year-End Story will only be available for a limited time ⏳ If you decide to save it, your Story can be found under the ‘All’ tab in Memories. Dismissing or hiding your Story will remove it for good?
Note: Year End Stories are rolling out slowly, now through mid-January. There are a few factors that go into whether a Snapchatter will receive a Year-End Story, like the number of Snaps you’ve saved this year. Unfortunately, this means not every Snapchatter will have a Year End Story? It’s not possible to request one or have one created.
Introducing Bitmoji Stories — a new way to see what your Bitmoji is up to in Discover!
Just search for “Bitmoji” on the Discover screen.
Want to choose which friend stars in Bitmoji Stories with you? Your co-star is the last person you interacted with who has a Bitmoji.
⚠️ If you haven’t added friends on Snapchat yet, or none of your friends have a Bitmoji, then you might see a random avatar starring in the Story with you?
New Bitmoji Stories will be published regularly — swipe up to subscribe and see your Bitmoji’s latest shenanigans?
See that product you want, but no time to shop? It’s all good, Snapchat’s got your back? Just open the Camera Screen to identify a product or barcode, then start shopping on Amazon! If you’re low on funds, share the product in Chat to a friend, or text the link as a gift idea to the parents, or that significant other?
To use Visual Search…
- Open the rear-facing Camera on Snapchat?
- Press and hold on the screen to identify a product or barcode
- Tap to view search results at Amazon or share the product with a friend in Chat!
Note: This is rolling out slowly to Snapchatters in the US.
CallKit on iOS
Snapchatters on iOS can easily take calls outside of the app! No more unlocking your phone, just slide to answer or tap ❌to decline.
Missed a call? No problem. Your Snapchat call history can be found in your device’s call log in addition to the app. Simply tap your friend’s name to start a call?
Note: This is rolling out slowly to Snapchatters on iOS only.
Snap Camera allows anyone to apply Lenses to their face while using their computer’s webcam or any other connected camera!
Just download the Snap Camera and pick a Lens to “wear”? Don’t forget to select the ‘Snap Camera’ feed as your camera output.
Now, you’ll be able to use Lenses whenever you use a third-party desktop application, like Twitch, to stream with your friends.
Pro Tip ? Tap the ⭐ icon to add a cool Lens to your favorites!
Other useful features of Snapchat
- Snapchatter: It’s not as common anymore, but it means a user of Snapchat.
- Snap: When you take a photo or video, or receive a photo or video, it is known as a “snap”. So, when someone asks you to snap them, they are asking you to send them a photo or video through Snapchat, or even a message through the app’s chat function. The Snapchat app itself is also colloquially referred to as “Snap”, as is the app’s developer/public company.
- Snapback: This term was more popular when Snapchat launched, but it’s faded since. Nevertheless, if you’ve heard it, just know that it simply means a reply to a snap. So, if you Snapback, you’re just replying to a private one-on-one snap that you’ve received.
- Story: You can link snaps together and broadcast them as you capture them. They’ll appear to your followers as a “story” reel. They can tap through your story and watch every snap to experience your entire day. A reel can only be played back for 24 hours after which, it disappears for good, though you can always save your entire story or an individual snap from your story, to the Memory section – aka private storage – of your Snapchat to keep forever.
- Snapcode: A Snapcode is a scannable code that makes adding new friends even easier. For instance, a friend can simply flash their Snapchat camera at your Snapcode, which will immediately add you, without you having to manually look up their handle and tap the “add” button. Your Snapcode, which is similar to a QR code, can be located on the Profile screen. You can access it by tapping the ghost icon or your Bitmoji in the corner of the Camera screen.
- Score: Ever notice that number next to a friend’s handle in Snapchat? It’s a score – an equation combining the number of snaps they’’ve sent and received, stories they’ve posted, and other factors. You can find a friend’s score when you hold down on a friend’s name in your contact list, story feed, or chat area. And you can find yours under your Snapcode located in the center of your Profile screen. The higher your score, the more you likely use Snapchat.
- Snapstreak: Some of your friends or the people you follow might have different emoji next to their Snapchat names in the Chat section of your Snapchat. That means they’re on a streak, or Snapstreak, with you. In other words, you and that friend or friends have snapped each other (not including chat messaging) within 24 hours for more than one consecutive day. For a comprehensive list of what each friend emoji means, go to Settings > Manage > Friend Emojis.
- Trophy case: Snapchat might notify you of a new trophy you’ve earned, and tapping that notification will take you to your trophy case, which holds all the trophies for milestones you’ve achieved as a Snapchat user. From sending a snap with a filter to sending 50 snaps with five or more pen colours, trophies encourage user interaction and content creation.
- Lenses: You can make snaps even more fun by adding augmented reality-based special effects and sounds, with a feature called Lenses. To activate lenses, go to the Camera screen in Snapchat, then long-press on your face in the camera view, and lenses should appear in a row next to the capture button. Swipe around to select the lens you want, and then tap the capture button to take a snap with it. Popular lenses include the ‘rainbow puke’ and ‘dog with tongue’.
- 3D World Lenses: Unlike Lenses, which are primarily applied to your face – or a selfie shot – in real-time, World Lenses affect the environment around you. They appear in the same row as Lenses, but only when your camera is facing outward. You might see one that features your Bitmoji avatar, even. For instance, a current one shows our Bitmoji avatar mixing potions and chemicals while sitting at a desk. This animation is overlaid on the world around us and can be captured and then shared with our friends in a chat or followers via our story. Both Lenses and World Lenses are frequently changed by Snapchat, though popular ones are recurring.
- Snapchat Filters: You can jazz up your snap by adding a fun overlay with a filter. After you take a snap, swipe right or left on the preview screen to add coloured filters, the current time, local weather, speed overlays, or geofilters to your photo or video. After taking your snap and applying your first filter, you can press and hold and then swipe to add yet another filter, too.
- Geofilter: Like filters, you can use a geofilter to decorate snaps. Unlike filters, however, geofilters are specific to your location or an event you’re attending. They encourage other users to share their experiences with friends and followers. On-Demand geofilters may also be designed and purchased by individuals or smaller companies and only become available when a user enters a specified location, such as a wedding or graduation venue.
- Chat: This is a messaging feature within Snapchat that lets you directly chat with other users. You can access the Chat section by swiping from left to right on the Camera screen. From here, you can also send Bitmoji stickers, start a live video call, send money, share snaps, and more
- Memories: Since launch, Snapchat has added several features that allow you to screenshot or save snaps. The latest example is Memories. It not only gives you another way to store snaps in Snapchat’s cloud but also introduces a section for accessing media locally stored on your device. When you take a snap, you’ll see an option to save it to your Memories (it’s like a private storage locker), where you can organise, edit, search, lock, and share the snap after the fact.
- Discover: This is a section, right of the Camera screen, meant for brands and publishers, which can broadcast stories for all to see. On Discover, you can find branded content made by Vice, Cosmopolitan, Daily Mail, ESPN, Tastemade, CNN, Buzzfeed, and more.
- Snap Map: With this feature, you can share your location with your friends or followers. It also allows you to scroll around an actual map to see where your friends are located. You can choose whether to share your location, of course. To access Snap Map, go to your Camera screen, then pinch your fingers on the screen like you’re zooming out from a photo, and the Snap Map should then appear. You and friends will be represented by Bitmoji.
- Bitmoji: If you have downloaded the Bitmoji app, created an avatar, and linked your account to Snapchat, you’ll see AR-based lenses featuring your avatar as well as stickers in the chat with your avatar. You might also see “friendmoji” stickers in chat, which feature both you and a friend. Like other features, Bitmoji are designed to encourage user interaction on Snapchat. Keep in mind that Bitmoji was its own, separate platform until Snapchat acquired it a couple of years ago.
- Friendship Profile: Every friendship has its own special profile to see the moments you’ve saved together. Discover new things you have in common with Charms. See how long you’ve been friends, your astrological compatibility, your Bitmojis’ fashion sense, and more! Friendship Profiles are just between you and a friend, so you can bond over what makes your friendship special.
7 Craziest Snapchat Facts You Didn’t Know…
1. Success after failing 34 times.
Even though Evan Spiegel seems more at the forefront, Snapchat was created by Evan Spiegel, Bobby Murphy, and Reggie Brown when they were students at Stanford University. The idea for Snapchat is found while they were preparing their final project. In one of the interviews, Spiegel mentioned that they failed on almost 34 projects until they found Snapchat.
2. Over 100 Million users every day.
Snapchat has over 100 million users every day which shows the popularity of the app. Imagine, every day, more than 100 Million people open Snapchat and send crazy snaps to their friends.
3. Once called Picaboo.
Did you know that Snapchat was once called as Picaboo as an iOS-only app? Picaboo was renamed as Snapchat in 2012, after rebranding and launching the app available for Android users as well.
4. Over 1 Billion snaps everyday.
Yes, you read it right. Users snap over 1 billion times in total everyday. We have a lot to share, what to do!
5. More than 400 million Snapchat stories per day.
Snapchat stories, a photo or post that you post as part of your “stories” section, is created with some further developments in 2013. Everybody liked it so much, and at the end, Snapchat has more than 400 million Snapchat stories per day now!
6. Drinks are a popular feature.
The recent statistics show that most of the Snapchat users send the photo to somebody else of their drinks! Of course, a delicious cocktail must be shared with everyone!
7. Ghostface Chillah.
When you open the app, you see the mascot on the logo of Snapchat that is also known as “Ghostface Chillah”. “Ghostface Chillah” was a name Brown derived from Ghostface Killah of the group Wu-Tang Clan. Well, creative!
How to use Snapchat?
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Swipe right from the Camera to go to the Friends screen! Here, you’ll find your friends’ Snaps, Stories, and Chats — all in one place?
- Friends List: Your friends show up based on who you keep in touch with the most and who’s reached out to you most recently.
- Watch a Story: If a friend has updated their Story, they’ll have a circular preview next to their name. To watch a Story, just tap it! If there’s no preview, you’re all up to date. You can also watch friends’ Stories on the Discover screen.
- Rewatch a Story: Tap a Bitmoji on the Friends screen to view their Friendship Profile, then tap their circular Story to watch.
- Up Next: After you watch a friends story, you’ll see a preview of your next friend’s story! Tap the screen to watch the next Story, swipe to skip it, or swipe down to exit.
- Group Stories: Group Chats automatically have their own Group Story! Anyone in the Group Chat can add to it and save it.
To get a handle on the different icons you’ll see around Snapchat, check out the Friends Screen Icon Guide?
How to use Snapchat on PC (windows or mac)?
Using Snapchat on PC is more convenient considering the much bigger storage for other applications and the viewing screen you’re getting from it. Download any mobile emulator like BlueStacks or Andy and you will instantly see the benefits of using Snapchat on your PC vs your smartphone.
Tap the icon in the top-left to go to your Profile screen. Here, you can manage your Stories, add friends, update your settings, and more!
- Stories: This is where you can add Snaps to Stories, manage them, see who’s viewed them, or delete Snaps from your Story. You can also view and manage all the active Snaps you’ve submitted to Our Story — which can show up on Snap Map and elsewhere around Snapchat.
- Profile Notifications: See a yellow dot on your Profile icon? Tap it to see updates like new Story views, friend requests, and more!
Send To Screen?
We’ve made it easier to find and send Snaps to your Best Friends, groups of friends, and newest friends!
- Best Friends: The people you Snap and Chat are front-and-center on the Send To screen. You can now have up to eight Best Friends at a time!
- Stories: At the top of the Send To screen, you’ll see all the Stories you can add to — including My Story, Our Story, Group Stories, and more!
Swipe left from the Camera to open Discover. You’ll find Shows, content from Publishers, Stories from people you follow, and Snaps from creators and the community — all personalized for you!
- Stories from Friends: You can view friends’ Stories at the top of Discover! Just tap to view the next Snap in a Story, or swipe to skip to the next Story.
- Subscribing: Really feeling something on Discover? Just press and hold on a Story tile, then tap ‘Subscribe!’ That publisher should show up near the top of your Discover page, and you should see more content like it.
- Discover More: Discover now includes Stories from the Snap Map, Stories automatically created from Snaps submitted to Our Story, and more.
- Public Stories: Discover can also feature Stories that Snapchatters you know have set to public, or Stories from Snapchatters you follow.
- Popular Stories: Trending Stories can now appear on the Discover screen. You can even subscribe to ones you really like!
- Categories and Shows: Tap the category buttons, such as ‘Beauty,’ ‘Sports,’ ‘Shows,’ etc., to see more Stories and Shows you’ll like.
- Reporting: If you ever need to report a Snap found on the Discover screen, just press and hold on it and tap the? button.
- Unsubscribing: If you don’t really vibe with a Story on Discover, just press and hold on it, then tap ‘See less like this.’ You should then see fewer Stories like this one on Discover!
How to use Snapchat Filters
In order to start using Snapchat Filters, you have to enable the feature from your settings. To do this:
- Open Snapchat. Swipe down on your camera screen to access your profile screen.
- On the top right corner of your profile screen, you will see the Settings icon. Tap on it.
- Under Settings, tap on Manage Preferences
- Under Preferences, scroll down to Additional Services and enable Filters.
How to delete Snapchat?
- Navigate to the accounts portal and login
- Confirm you’d like to delete your account
- Wait through the 30-day deactivation period until your account is permanently terminated
How to retrieve my Data from Snapchat?
One important thing to note is that Snapchat acts as an album of photos, videos, and other digital memories for many. When I scroll through my snaps, it’s a walk down memory lane. If I deactivate my Snapchat account without saving any of that, I lose precious memories of my final few years in college and my transition moving to Chicago.
A way around this issue is to request access to your data or save all media to your phone’s gallery.
Your data belongs to you, and you have a right to access and keep it should you want to.
Examples of the data that can be accessed through this request are as follows:
- Login history and account information
- Snap history
- Chat history
- Our Story and crowd-sourced content
- Purchase history
- Snapchat support history
- User profile
- Account history
- Location history
- Search history
- Terms history
- In-app surveys
- Reported content
- Bitmoji kit
There are stipulations regarding what exactly will be sent to you. To learn more about requesting and downloading your data, check out the download my data page on Snapchat support. It has a full list of instructions, as well as information on how you can expect the data to arrive.
What is Snapchat Geo Filter?
There are two types of Geofilters — Community Geofilters and On-Demand Geofilters.
Community Geofilters are custom filters created by artists and designers for use in and around landmarks, schools, neighborhoods, and cities.
Community Geofilters are free to create (they need to be approved by Snapchat) and free to use. To access Community Geofilters, simply take a picture on your Snapchat camera and swipe left or right. Swipe more to access more filters.
On-Demand Geofilters are custom filters that are created for a specific purpose or event, including birthdays, weddings, etc. These filters are time-bound, location-bound and cost upwards of $5 to create.
On-Demand Snapchat Geofilters can be personal (those created for personal events and occasions) and business (created by brands for identity and advertisement).
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