We have been so distracted by the flower crown and puppy filters that we did not even know about some of Snapchat’s hidden gems.
For this post, we tested a ton of features we did not even know were available to us.
Snapping and sending pics is easy – be a Snapchat super user by incorporating these ideas into your stories every week.
1. Frame Your Snaps with Characters
With Snapchat, it is easy to use characters for borders and frames. Simply take a photo in Snapchat, caption it with a single letter (you can do this by selecting the “T” icon). Select the largest text size when creating the caption.
Afterwards, enlarge the image it until it makes a border. Move the text around until you’re pleased with the position. End result – you will have a funky border that’ll be the envy of other snappers.
2. Add More Detail with Zoom
If you want to use Snapchat to show off artistic skills, your phone’s zoom is perfect for creating some serious masterpieces.
You can use the feature on both iOS and Android devices – opening your phone’s Settings.
- Click on Accessibility
- Choose Vision
- Go to Magnification Gestures
- Enable the Zoom feature
- Click on General & select Accessibility
- Go to the Vision section
- Enable Zoom
- Click Show Controller
- Select Window or Full Screen under Zoom Region
- Enter 15x under Maximum Zoom Level
3. Add Music
Snaps are cool on their own, but they are even better with music.
You need to have good timing for this to work – start by opening your favorite music app & finding the song you want to play. Then you start recording your video on Snapchat. Make sure you push record during your favorite part of the song so that it can be included in your video.
4. Go Quiet with Your Videos
What if you want a nice & quiet video? Background noise can turn a good video into a disaster, which you can eliminate with the tap of your finger.
Record your video & then click the microphone icon. This will remove the noise from your video. You are now ready to send your video out.
5. Add Your Own Captions and Drawings to “Discover” Content
You are browsing through content from Snapchat’s Discover partners & you see something you want to share. Tap on it & then hold it down – Snapchat will open it up as a draft, and you could add your drawings or captions. You can send it out to your friends.
It is worth noting that you can’t share Snapchat Discover content to your Story, it is only designed to be shared among friends. Because of this, adding captions & drawings to “Discover” Content likely will not be a major part of your social media management efforts.
6. Get Colorful with Your Lettering
You can use a different color for each letter in a word – start by captioning your snap. You will need to get the largest text size available, so click the “T” icon when you want to caption the snap.
Choose a color from the color palette. Then, select a word in the caption and click Select. This highlights the word. Move the highlight so it is over a letter in the word. Then, adjust the color. Continue to do this if you have a multi-colored word.
7. Say More with Your Snaps
Start by opening Notes on your phone – hit Return once for each line that you want to make. For example, if you want five lines of text, hit Return five times.
Copy the empty lines & then move over to Snapchat. Create your Snap & click the “T” icon. Next, paste the lines that you copied, then choose a line and start typing. In this fashion, you can easily fill your snap with text.
8. Play “Pin the Emoji”
Do you remember playing pin the donkey when you were a child? Now it is time to play pin the emoji. Only this time, you are going to use a moving target.
Record a video that includes a moving object – finish filming & go to the preview screen. There, you will see an emoji icon – click on it & choose your desired emoji. Resize it to the appropriate confiduration, drag it over to the target in the video. Hold it there till Snapchat starts the video back up. And your emoji will play follow the leader with the moving target.
9. Open Your Color Palette
If you have an Android device, all your color options are available in the color palette. The same is not true for iOS device owners – you will need to do a little bit of work to open everything up. Once you do so, you could add the various colors & shades to your Snaps.
If you want to draw in black, open your color palette then drag your finger to the bottom & black will show up.
If you want to go with white, choose the rainbow color palette then move your finger to the top-left hand portion of the screen. You can open various shades of colors by choosing a color & moving your finger across the screen.
10. Make a Quick Switch from Selfie to Point-of-View
Switching between selfie & point-of-view mode might seem like a chore, but it is a ‘Snap’ with Snapchat. Double tap the screen to make the switch.
11. Create an Emoji Filter
Do you have a favourite emoji? If so, turn it into a filter.
Selecting an emoji, along with the color you want your filter. Next, place the emoji in the corner of the screen, and make the emoji bigger. As it gets bigger, it’ll want to come back to the middle of the screen, but continue to move it toward the corner. The edges of the screen will be semi-transparent & will act as the filter.
12. Get Engaged in a Fun and Easy Way
If you are representing a brand, engagement is crucial to making sales. Snapchat makes this easy – ask people to send you a message, send a pre-constructed message back with a coupon code / some other call-to-action to engage the user.
To do this, select a username and swipe right on it – this will open up the Chat feature.
Then, click on the image icon & select a photo. Personalize it and you’ll be good to go.
13. Get Creative with the Volume Buttons
Your phone’s volume buttons are not just for volume control – you can also use them to record videos & take photos when using Snapchat. You can use earbuds that include the volume control feature.
14. Save Your Data with Travel Mode
If you are out and about while snapping, you can burn up some serious data – save it by enabling Travel Mode. In Travel Mode,
Click on the ghost icon when you open Snapchat. There, you will see a gear icon – tap on it and go to ‘Additional Services’. Select ‘Manage’ & click to enable Travel Mode.
15. Remove a Snap from Your Story
You have one bad snap in an otherwise great Story – it is time to remove it. It doesn’t matter where the Snap appears, you can remove it with this process.
Go to the default camera and swipe right – that will take you to Stories view. Find your story & go to the Snap you want to delete. Swipe up on it & the trash can icon will appear. Tap on it and click ‘Delete’
16. Find Out If You are Being Followed
You cannot just look at your followers on Snapchat like you can on Twitter or FB, you have to go through a couple of steps to find out if anyone is following you.
First, you need to follow the person, then click on the person’s username & hold it down. Sometimes, a Snapchat score will appear. That means the person is following you. If you do not see a score, you aren’t being followed.
17. Make Zooming Easier
You do not always have two free hands to zoom on Snapchat – if that is the case, use this cool trick.
Start by recording a video, slide your finger up the screen if you want to zoom in. If you want to zoom out, slide it down the screen.
18. Access Old Community Geofilters
Do you miss some of the old community Geofilters? Access them by editing in Memories.
Just press & hold the snap you want to edit – a pencil icon will appear. Tap on it & edit the snap. Swipe left to access the community Geofilters – in most cases, you could access the ones that were available when you uploaded the Snap.
Then click ‘Done’ & swipe down – this’ll take you back to Memories.
19. Broadcast Your Snapchat Profile
You want the whole world to know about your Snapchat profile. It is easy to do – just memorize your sharable browser link & then share it.
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20. Snapchat Trick – Get Crazy with Filters
Snapchat has some cool filters, but you can get more out of them by applying up to three filters per snap. This is a good way to show off your Snapchat skills.
Start by using the app to take a picture, swipe left across the screen. This will let you select a filter – put your thumb on the screen to secure the filter. Keep it on there when you use your other hand to swipe through additional filters. Select it, and then take your thumb off the screen for a second. Then, tap your thumb & hold it in place once again. Now, you are ready to choose your third filter. After you have selected all the desired filters, you are now ready to share your snap with the entire world.
21. Snapchat Trick – Easy Recording Trick
It is hard to hold down the capture button and simultaneously keep your phone steady – especially when you are moving between your front & rear cameras. This can make your Snapchat videos a wobbly mess.
If you have an IOS device, you could kiss the capture button goodbye, which enabled you to move between your front & rear cameras with ease.
Go to your phone’s Settings & select General. Then:
- Click on Accessibility
- Turn on Assistive Touch in Interaction section
- Choose Create New Gesture
- Press your finger on the phone’s screen until the blue bar maxes out
- Click Stop
- Save the gesture
- Name the gesture
- Open Snapchat
- Click on the icon that you see before recording a video
- Click Custom
- Tap Capture
The app will let you use your gesture to record your videos without the shakiness.
22. Snapchat Trick – Swap Between Text Filters
You’re most likely aware that the text filters have different options – for example, you can turn feet into meters.
What you might not realize is how easy it’s to switch between them. Just pull up a text filter, tap on it, and your selectios will come up. This is a quick & easy way to access all the variations.