Snapchat has evolved from being an app with a handful of obvious naughty uses to a social media platform where you can both broadcast your life and watch content from a wide range of sources. Select a “unique identifier” for your account that cannot be changed once it’s set. Snapchat will ask you if it can tap into your phone’s contacts list.
The messaging app’s ability to let you control the privacy of the pictures and videos you send was integral to its popularity. Your friends can use this to find you on the service, and the username will appear underneath your real name in their Snapchat contact list. Unless you have a burning desire to add friends manually, we recommend you grant Snapchat this permission so you can commence friend-adding.
Updates to the app allow users to edit their voices, swap faces, share locations as well as place voice and video calls. Snapchat has become so popular so fast that there are more than 166 million active users watching 10 billion videos per day. Since you can’t just use an existing Facebook/Google/Your Favorite Social Network account to log your way into the service, you’ll need new credentials. You’ll be asked for your email address, password and your birthday. i OS users will also be asked to enter in their mobile numbers for easier searching; fret not, Android fans, for you can add this information later — so long as the text-based verification goes smoothly for you. The icon to the right of the timer, a downward-facing arrow, allows you to dump the shot you just took into your phone’s traditional gallery. Tap on the stopwatchlike icon in the lower left and you can set the specific time that you want your picture to be available for a friend to view. Tap in the middle of the picture, and you can add text on top of your photo or video.
Brands like Buzz Feed, ESPN, National Geographic and People magazine have made their way to Snapchat, giving fans an inside look at what's going on behind the scenes. Once Snapchat comes back with a list of your contacts that it has identified as users of the service, you can add them as friends by clicking the large person-with-a-plus button to the right of their names. It’s useful if you want to save your shot for future purposes, as there’s no other way to do so once you’ve sent the picture out. You can go all the way from a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it 1 second to a maximum duration of 10 seconds. Tap on the T icon to change the caption from a line to text to a larger brick of text.
If you’re feeling a little nostalgia for "Draw Something," you can also tap on the icon in the upper-right corner of the screen to draw directly onto your image with varying colors of a virtual pen. Up pops your friends list; select everyone that you want to receive your image, take one final breath of confidence and click on the now-displayed arrow in the lower right-hand corner.
i Phone owners don't need to keep finger on the shutter button in order to record videos in Snapchat, as long as they know this secret trick. Then tap Accessibility, and select Assistive Touch, which will make a white dot appear on your screen.
This means that if you pressure someone into taking a photo or you share a sexual photo with someone, you’re breaking the law.