How To Use Snapchat

So unless you have been living under a rock, I am sure you have heard of Snapchat.  But for some it can be a little confusing, maybe intimidating, or maybe you think it’s only for teenie boppers.  SO. NOT. TRUE.

So here I am to give you a little lesson in how to use Snapchat.

I have been on Snapchat for a couple of years now and I absolutely love it!  It’s not my most used app but I do use it at least once a day.  And my kids love letting me take silly pictures of them with it.

First you want to download the app and give yourself a name.  If you blog, I would use your blogging name.  Below is a picture of the screen that pops up when you have made an account and open the app.

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At the upper left is a lightning bolt with an x.  This is where you can turn the flash on or off.  There might also be a moon there letting you know that you might want to use the flash.  I don’t usually use a flash so mine is usually set to no flash.

In the middle of the top is the little snapchat ghost character.  If you tap it you get a screen that looks like this…

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This is where you can see who has added you and you can add others.  The great thing about snapchat is that anyone who has their yellow snapchat window displayed like on a profile pic etc.  All you have to do is take a pic of it…then come back to this screen, click on add friends, then add by snapcode, choose the photo you took of their snap window and they are automatically added.  You can also add by username, address book, or even if someone is nearby and has their snapchat app open.

If you tap on the yellow square you can record a short video that will be displayed within the ghost character of your window.  Just tap it and then when you are ready tap the circle at the bottom of the yellow ghost window display, and be ready.  To get back just press the arrow on the left.  At the top left is a circle arrow with the snapchat ghost in the middle.  This is if you want to delete your existing profile video.

The question mark at the top left on the add friends screen above will show you how to add friends using their snapcode and your phone.  The middle trophy symbol shows a trophy case based on what kind of stuff you have done with your snapchat.  And the settings pin wheel on the right brings up your account information where you can make any changes if needed.

To get back to the camera screen just swipe up on the little ^ symbol at the bottom of the screen.


On the top right of this screen is a little camera symbol.  This is used to turn your camera to front facing view or facing away view depending on what you are going to snap or record.  The fun thing about snapchat is if you are in front facing view and line your face up then place your finger on your face until a graph appears over it, you will then notice a bunch of different stuff at the bottom.  These are the “fun” filters!  And they change regularly.   I particularly like the one I have chosen.

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When you tap the circle it takes the picture.  If you keep pressing the button it will record.  So now from this screen you have some choices.  If you hate the pic, then at the top left just tap the x and it will disappear forever.

If you don’t want to use a filter then just hit the x and it will take you back to plain camera mode.

In the second picture below, if you tap on the little page symbol it brings up a page of emojis in which you can put in your picture and even adjust their size and rotation by using your fingers on the screen.  You can also use the T symbol to add text.  If you tap the T a second time the text will increase in size and you can also adjust its size, location, and rotation by using two fingers.

The little pen symbol on the far top right is to use color to scribble words or draw on your picture using your fingertip.  There is even a color line to choose different colors to use.

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On the bottom left is a circle with a number in the middle of it.  This is used to set the time of how long you want someone to see your snap.  You can set it anywhere from 1 to 10 seconds.  I usually just leave mine on 10.  I want everyone to have ample time to see my foolishness sense of humor silliness.

To the right of that is an arrow pointing down into a half square.  This is used to save your pic or video to your camera roll if you love it that much.

And to the right of that is a partial square with a plus sign which gives you the option to add to your “story” instantly which is what I will go over next.

You can also swipe to the right for different filters such as black and white, there’s a mph screen, what the temp in your area screen, the time, and if you have done a video there are snail and rabbit features which can speed up or slow down any talking in your video.

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If you are happy with your snap pic and ready to send it out then press the bottom right flashing arrow. Which then brings you to this screen.  Disregard the Instagram message at the top…it came through right as I was screenshotting the photo.

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Now, “my story” will put your snap out for everyone to see.  So if you are trying to snap a naughty pic to your other half I wouldn’t suggest this option.  Of course I don’t do that…what kind of Momster do you think I am?

Putting your snap on “my story” leaves it up for 24 hours.  If you want to snap to individuals only, then choose who you want to send to from your list and tap the square at the far right hand side of their names.  Then just click the arrow in the far right of the blue box at the bottom that pops up once you have made choices on who to send it to.  I usually just post mine in “my story” for everyone to see.  If you send it to an individual they can only see it once for the time that you set.  But they are able to take a screenshot and then Snapchat lets you know when this has been done.

In “my story” they are usually able to view it twice.

You can also text using snapchat.  From the main screen just click on the bottom left square.  If this square is red, it means you have snaps that people have personally sent to you.  When you tap the square it brings you to the page on the left.  Just choose who you want to text message, then swipe on their name to the right and the page on the right pops up.  You can send pics, call (if they are in your phonebook), and even chat live.

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Chatting sometimes is a pain because snapchat of course erases it as soon as it has been opened and sometimes I open the app and it’s gone before I got a chance to read it.  I like to call that “snack chat”.

So there are some basics for you to get started with.  There is probably some stuff I am leaving out but don’t be afraid to play around with the app.  It can be a lot of fun and I have come across some pretty interesting snappers.  And if you do decide to get familiar with the app don’t forget to add me!

Yours Truly,

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