11 tricks for Snapchat that you probably didn’t know
As you know, Snapchat is a mobile application to share moments (pictures, videos, and messages) in real time for a duration that you determine (Note: the maximum duration to share moments on Snapchat is 10 seconds). This application is used by millions of people all around the world and according to studies it has surpass Twitter in number of active users. Below I will show you 10 mini tricks for Snapchat that probably you didn’t know existed and will help you take more advantage of the application. Before showing the tricks, I will show you a general summary of the application, so you are in a more known environment and can understand better what I explain.
Table of Contents
- 1 1. General summary of the Snapchat application
- 2 2. How to upload a picture from the Snapchat camera roll
- 3 3. How to insert text on Snapchat
- 4 4. How to enlarge texts on a Snapchat
- 5 5. How to change the color of a text on Snapchat
- 6 6. How to move, rotate, enlarge, and shrink text on Snapchat
- 7 7. How to record videos on Snapchat
- 8 8. How to apply filters on a video and edit on Snapchat
- 9 9. How to apply filters on Snapchat
- 10 10. How to add stickers on Snapchat
- 11 11. How to save pictures and videos on the Snapchat Memories
1. General summary of the Snapchat application
To understand the functions of this application, you need to understand how it works and how to use it. Snapchat counts with four principal screens, Snapchats screen, Start/Camera screen, Stories screen, and Discover screen. To navigate through these screens you just have to slide your finger in the direction the image below says, for example, if you want to go to the Discover screen you need to slide your finger twice to the right. Look at an image that explains it better.
2. How to upload a picture from the Snapchat camera roll
As you read it! You can upload a picture from your cameral roll to Snapchat and it is very easy. What you need is to go to Memories and select “Camera Roll”. Then select the image you want to upload, edit it, and share it.
3. How to insert text on Snapchat
If you want to insert a text on a picture or video on Snapchat, you just have to take the picture or record the video and once ready you touch one time the screen with your index finger and a mobile keyboard will appear to write the text we want.
4. How to enlarge texts on a Snapchat
To enlarge texts on a snap you just have to insert the text just as said before, so then you touch the “T” icon on the top right of the screen. If it is touched once, you’ll see how the text changes size and is aligned to the left, but if you touch the text icon again, the text will maintain the same size and will be aligned in the center.
5. How to change the color of a text on Snapchat
To change the color of a text on Snapchat you just have to write a text as said before, so then you touch the “T” icon on the top right of the screen. When the icon is touched once, the text will have increased in size and aligned left, and if you touch it twice it will align center. So to change the color, you just have to touch the text and a color palette will appear on the top right of the screen and there you choose the color you want. Note this option just applies when the text is enlarged, in its original size it can’t be changed color.
6. How to move, rotate, enlarge, and shrink text on Snapchat
To move, rotate, enlarge, or shrink the text you wrote on your picture/video of Snapchat you just have to click the “T” icon on the top right. You will see how the text is enlarged and will align left and if you touch it again it will align centered. To move it you just have to press your index finger on the screen and start moving it and rotating it how you want. To enlarge and shrink is the same, you just have to move your fingers depending on what you want, expand to enlarge and shrink to make the text small.
7. How to record videos on Snapchat
To record videos on Snapchat you just have to go to the start/camera screen, then determine if you want to make a video with the front or back camera. Once decided, press the button on the center down of the screen until you see the video has finished recording. Another trick is that while you are recording, for example on the back camera, but then you want to show your face, you just have to tap the screen with a finger of your other hand while the one recording is pressed and that way you change screen.
8. How to apply filters on a video and edit on Snapchat
To apply filters on a video or edit them you just have to go to the start/camera screen, choose if you want to record with the front or back camera and then press your finger on the button at the end of the screen. Once you have finished the video, it will replay over and over on your screen, so to apply filters you just have to slide your finger to the sides to see how different colors or tones are applied, or you have the option to put it on fast/slow/backwards movement.
9. How to apply filters on Snapchat
One of the simplest things is to apply filter to pictures/videos on Snapchat. The first thing you need to do is go the start/camera screen, decide if you want to take a picture with the front or back camera. Once decided, click the button and take the picture. When you have the picture, just slide your index finger to the sides to see the different filters to apply.
Besides these filters, there are the famous filters we always see, specially young girls with puppy faces and flowers on their heads. To have the sweet puppy face or the flowers on the head and other filters that Snapchat offers, you just have to put the start/camera screen and put the front camera. Once you see your face on the screen, press your finger on your face until Snapchat recognizes it and then the different filters will appear. When you choose the filter you just have to click the button to take a picture or record a video.
10. How to add stickers on Snapchat
To add stickers on Snapchat, either on a picture or video, you just have to take the picture or record the video and once it is ready touch the icon with a “post it” form in the top right and there you choose the sticker you want to insert. You can select as many stickers as you want, as well as move, rotate, enlarge, and shrink them, because they work just as texts in that way.
11. How to save pictures and videos on the Snapchat Memories
Snapchat launched a new option inside their functions called Memories where you take pictures or record videos on Snapchat and we save them on the Memories screen and if someday we want to resend that snap we have it saved. This function is awesome because before your pictures or videos were saved on your camera roll and occupying a lot of space. Now you can have all the memories on one place and you can also add pictures from your camera roll, so then you upload it to your story or simply send it to a friend. If it wasn’t enough, before sending the picture or video saved on Memories, you can edit it (applying stickers, filters, texts) before sending it and if you have pictures or videos that you don’t want your friends to see, you have the option to move them to a folder called “Just for me” and it is protected by a password or phrase that you choose.
I hope these 11 mini tricks help you to take the most advantage of the Snapchat applications and your experience with it is more fun.