Snapchat is currently well beyond its initial 14-year-old audience of early adopters. It is enjoyable, and way more hot than a plain old Facebook upgrade or WhatsApp message. It is the new social giant in town… and it is bloody confusing.
If you desire to get up to speed in the next 3 minutes and 15 seconds, soak up our 13 top Snapchat hints and tricks. And perhaps even a few of you who’ve been using Snapchat for a year may still learn something new. Heck, you could even become a Snapchat winner like this pupil who used it to land his dream job.
The entire purpose of Snapchat is that it allows you to send videos that can just be viewed once, right? Well, not quite. If you’re a bit too proud of your latest creation, there is another alternative. It’s possible for you to turn it into a Narrative, which can be seen as many times as you like for 24 hours.
It’s not immediately clear how to actually use these “Lenses”, since Snapchat is seemingly too cool for things like conventional menus. To open up the Lenses toy box, only hold a finger down on a face in the scene, most likely when using the selfie camera. You will see the available effects appear down at the base. Now start the rainbow-vomiting.
Snapchat renovated its Lenses cartoons in late 2015. But you can still check out old classics like the one which places a lobster on your head, if you like.
We get the feeling this is a willful Easter Egg, because all you’ve got to do would be to alter the date in your mobile, like the cheat on some video game from the ’90s. Some time in mid-2015 will get you the last lot.
Snapchats vanish like dust in the wind (outside of Snapchat servers at least). But you can always save a short snapette of a minute by taking a screenshot on your phone. With an iPhone that means pressing the Home button and power button at exactly the same time. On Android, you simply press volume down and the power button together.
The sender will get a notification when you do so, but you can seemingly side-step this effect by changing to fast turn Airplane mode on – sneaky. However, we do wonder what you are doing if you are so desperate not to have a Snapchatter understand you are papping them. They sent you the bloody thing after all.
Another example of Snapchat having odd little concealed interface goodies is that you could apply two filters simultaneously, but that is not initially clear. These are the close-Instagram-like overlays you can implement post-shoot by flicking left-right on the display.
Do that, then keep your finger rooted on the display and movie with another finger and the first filter stays, overlaid by another one. If you are looking to learn more about Custom Geofilters visit this page. This is particularly useful if you need to add a colour filter as well as one of the time stamp or geo-filters.