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Guide to the Snapchatter Universe

Snapchat is one of the most unique photo sharing apps on the market. Snapchat is different from other apps in that you can be as silly or sultry as you want in your pictures, because they do not last longer than ten seconds (after ten seconds it vanishes). The app also features other filters, so users can have as much fun with their picture as they wish. Here is the latest guide to Snapchat and all its current features.

Snapchat is an application available for most phones via the apple store or the play store. The symbol of Snapchat is a white phantom (or ghost). In order to create an account, you must supply your phone number. Snapchat lets you send pictures to friends in your address book. The first step to making the perfect snap is taking your picture. Most people use Snapchat to take selfies, but you can also use it like your phone camera and take pictures from the world around you.

  • Flash

The flash button is in the upper left hand corner, to turn it on simply press the screen in that corner. The flash symbol will appear with an “x” when the flash is off. The feature is best used in the dark.

  • Snapchat phantom symbol

The snapchat phantom symbol is in the center at the top of the screen. When you press it, you can view your friend list, view who has added you, and add friends. It also displays your name, username, and your snapchat score.

Users can add contacts by looking up their username, adding them from their phone address book, adding them by snapcode (usually their name), or by searching for Snapchat users nearby.

Snapchat scores are calculated by the number of pictures, or snaps, you send and receive. Snapchat gives you one point for every snap you send and every snap you receive, and then add them up, and shows the score next to your name.

  • Reverse camerasnapchat-update-reverse camera

Tap the reverse camera symbol to flip your camera around to the front (if it has this feature).

  • Contactssnapchat-contact

Tap the open square on the bottom left hand corner side to view all your Snapchat contacts. You can also do this by clicking the Snapchat phantom symbol at the top, and then selecting “My Friends.”

  • Storiessnap chat stories

Snapchat stories” is an icon at the bottom right hand side of your screen that looks like a bunch of straight lines. Here you can discover stories from groups, like CNN, People, National Geographic, and EPSN. Stories are viewable snaps made by the company, usually pictures or articles. Stories change daily, so you can view the same one over and over again for 24 hours before the company puts up new material.

Users can also click the camera button in stories and snap a picture of what they are viewing. Some companies, like Buzzfeed, even challenge readers to draw or circle pictures on their snap and send them.

In addition to the featured stories, Snapchat has live stories, usually centering around holidays or live events. For example, during March Madness in the US, Snapchat had live snaps from each of the basketball games.

There is a third stories option too that lets you share your picture with your friends for 24 hours after it is sent. The option appears after you have taken a picture and pressed the arrow symbol, it appears under the “Stories” icon. The snap stays visible to anyone who has added you as a friend on Snapchat.

  • Snapchat filterssnapchat-filters

Snapchat contains a number of filters that you can add to your picture. Just swipe your screen left or right. Filters include the current temperature; the current speed, the time, and different light contrasts.

There is also a location filter. You will have to turn on this feature in your settings, but once you turn it on, you can swipe for different filters. The filters depend on your location and usually display the name of the city you are in as some sort of graphic. For instance, if you are in Indianapolis, Indiana the location filter says “Indy” with a graphic of the city.

  • Draw

There is a drawing icon in the upper right hand side of your screen once you snap your picture. You can use it to select a color and draw right over your picture. This is a funny sort of application that most people use to draw mustaches and beards on their faces or friends.

  • Snapchat emojis

Snapchat has a special feature; an emoji will appear next to your friends’ names who you frequently snapchat. Here is a guide to what the emojis mean.

Smiley face – Your Snapchat best friend. You send them a lot of snaps, which they reciprocate.

Face with sunglasses – You send a lot of snap to this person, who also sends a lot of snaps to one of your friends (it is like a friend triangle).

Smirking face – This person sends you a lot of snap, but you do not send them many snaps.

Grimacing face – You and this person each send the most snaps to your number one best friend/contact on snapchat.

Fire – Indicates a snap streak! You have sent them a number of snaps, which they have responded to with snaps.

100 symbol – 100-day snap streak. You have been snapchatting with this person for 100 days in a row.

Birthday cake – It is this person’s birthday today.

Baby face – You just became friends with this snapchatter.

Goldstar – This person has replayed your snap in the past 24 hours.

Hourglass – Your snap streak with this person is about to expire

How to enable emojis on iPhone and Samsung smartphones:

Apple products

  1. Log into your settings for Snapchat (under the gear icon).
  2. Select “Manage” under “Additional Services”
  3. Turn on “Special Text”

Samsung products

  1. Go to the settings menu in your phone
  2. Under individual setting press “Language & Input”
  3. Search for “iWnn IME” if is not already empowered
  4. If the emoji console is not activated, activate it buy holding down the space bar and selecting “Emoji”

A good thing to remember is that while pictures disappear on snapchat, people can take screen shots of their phone. However, if anyone ever takes a screen shot of your picture, Snapchat will tell you. Snaps can also be relayed, although Snapchat will also let you know if this happens.

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