How To Use Snapchat On iPhone And Android
Snapchat has become so popular so fast that more than 800 million snaps are being shared per day, and there are more than 100 million active users watching 6 billion videos per day. Here’s how to sign up, get started snapping out photos and videos and become a Snapchat expert.
How to get started with Snapchat
- Install the Snapchat app. Fire up the App Store or Google Play and install it. Kick your feet up while the app transfers over.
- Sign up for an account.
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. Tap Sign Up. You’ll be asked for your email address, password and your birthday. Tap Sign Up.
- Pick a username. Select a “unique identifier” for your account that cannot be changed once it’s set. 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.
- Friend up.
Snapchat will ask you if it can tap into your phone’s contacts list. Unless you have a burning desire to add friends manually, we recommend you grant Snapchat this permission so you can commence friend-adding. iOS 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.
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. If you want to remove contacts (or block them) later, just long-press on their names until the secondary menu pops up on your screen.’
How to send pictures or video in Snapchat
- Once you’re on Snapchat’s main screen, taking a picture is pretty easy for those who have ever used their phones’ cameras before. If not, here’s a quick guide: Tap an area of the picture you want your phone to focus on. Tap the big round circle to take a picture. Hold the big round circle to take a video.
- Save your own shots. Tap to shoot, hold to record video. 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. 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.
- Set picture time limit. Tap on the stop-watch-like 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. You can go all the way from a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it 1 second to a maximum duration of 10 seconds.
- Send your snaps. Click on the arrow icon in the lower right to get your shot ready to send. 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.
Picture courtesy – knowyourmobile.com
by techtalks @TechTalks April 5, 2016 4:00 AM UTC