The popular photo messenger Snapchat offers its users many interesting functions. For some time now, however, the app has not only been limited to sending and receiving images. Videos can now also be sent with Snapchat. In our snapchat tips and tricks guide we show you the best tips and tricks for photo messenger.
The photo messenger Snapchat has become very popular. The snaps, i.e. photos and messages that destroy themselves after a short time, are extremely popular, especially among younger users. But reducing Snapchat to that alone would be too short-sighted – the photo messenger can do so many other tricks.
1. Record longer videos
Snapchat limits video recording to just ten seconds. With a little trick, this limitation can be avoided with iOS devices. After the video recording has started, simply double click on the home button, the multitasking view is started. If you return to the application, the recording ends. The file cannot then be sent to friends. Snapchat automatically shortens the recorded file to 10 seconds – but storage in the stories is possible.
2. Use digital zoom while recording video
The integrated digital zoom can be used during video recording. The object is zoomed in by wiping the finger upwards. If you swipe down with your finger, the object is removed again.
3. Change camera with a double click
There is an icon in Messenger in the upper right corner to change the camera. The camera change can also be activated differently: by double-clicking on the touchscreen.
4. Use the display as a flash
One may not expect miracles, but the possibility is always a useful remedy. Under “Settings> More Options> Manage> Filters” you can turn the display into a kind of flash light. When taking a selfie, the screen is completely white for a short time to make the face to be recorded appear a little brighter. It’s quicker if the flash symbol is activated in the top left corner when the front camera is active.
5. Customize the snapcode using a selfie animation
The snapcodes can be individualized using a selfie animation. To do this, the snapcode must be selected from the dropdown menu and the record button below the image section must be pressed. The app takes five selfies at short intervals and then combines them into an animation.
6. Activate location-based filters
By default, three color filters are integrated in Snapchat. However, further filters can be activated in the settings under “More options> Manage> Filters”. To do this, however, the location must be activated and Snapchat must have access to the GPS data. Speed, weather and time are shown in this way.
7. Localize nearby friends
There are basically two ways to add new friends on Snapchat; contacts can either be located nearby if GPS is activated on both sides. New friends can also be added via snapcode using photos and screenshots from the gallery. The menu item “Add friends” appears with a swipe of the finger on the start screen from top to bottom.
8. Look at snaps more often
Snaps can also be viewed several times with a little trick. However, this only works once a day and only for the last snap of the friend. The activation takes place under “Settings> More options> Manage> Repeat”.
9. Use energy saving mode
The iOS app from Snapchat offers the option of activating an energy-saving mode. This should also be switched on urgently, because the display and camera are permanently on when the app is active, which results in high energy consumption. However, if you activate the energy-saving mode, the camera is switched off after a short period of inactivity. The mode is switched on as follows: “Settings> More options> Settings” and activate the power saving mode with a button.
10. Configure notifications
Whether and how the photo messenger should indicate new snaps can be specified in the settings for Android. Under “Advanced> Notification settings” you can then select “Wake up screen”, “Flashing LED” or “Vibrate”. With iOS, the settings are not made directly in the app, but in the settings of the operating system under “Settings> Messages> Snapchat”.
11. Send pictures from external sources
You have photographed a motif with your smartphone camera and would like to send it via Snapchat? No problem, because you can also use images from external sources if you wish. To do this, simply go to the gallery app and select the desired picture there. Then select the “Share” or “Send” button in the options menu and then the Snapchat app – the motif will appear in Snapchat and can be edited and sent as a snap.
12. Use the full color palette for painting
If you tap on the “Draw” symbol when editing the snaps, there is only a limited range of colors available. However, you can use virtually any color to paint in Snapchat. To do this, simply tap the palette with your finger and then drag it across the screen until the desired color is displayed. Snapchat’s expanded color palette is virtually invisible and is only visible in this way.