How to Use Snapchat: 12 Dead Easy Steps to Navigate the Snapchat Interface

How to Use Snapchat: 12 Dead Easy Steps

How to Use Snapchat: 12 Dead Easy Steps to Navigate the Snapchat Interface

How to Use Snapchat: 12 Dead Easy Steps to Navigate the Snapchat Interface

 

Snapchat has an interesting interface. The app is really easy to use once you get in and understand the basic functions, etc. However… there is definitely a learning curve to Snapchat… there’s not quite anything like it!

 

The functions are all actually pretty easy, so let’s get in and allow me to show you how to use this amazing app!

 

#1 Take a Photo or Video

In the main section of the interface, you can take photos and video. Tap the white button to take a pic, or hold down the button to take a video.

How to Use Snapchat: 12 Dead Easy Steps to Navigate the Snapchat Interface

#2 Change Your Point of View

Changing your POV is super easy. Just double tap the screen and the camera will flip to the other POV. You can also just select the button in the top right corner to reverse the camera screen.

How to Use Snapchat: 12 Dead Easy Steps to Navigate the Snapchat Interface

 

#3 Setting the Time Duration of a Photo

You can actually change the amount of time each photo appears on your story in Snapchat. Select the clock icon in the bottom left corner, and set how much time you’d like your snap to last.

How to Use Snapchat: 12 Dead Easy Steps to Navigate the Snapchat Interface

 

#4 Post Your Snap

Post your snap by selecting the arrow icon in the bottom right-hand corner, and then selecting “my story” in the next frame. Then select the next blue arrow icon in the bottom right-hand corner. This will post your snap!

How to Use Snapchat: 12 Dead Easy Steps to Navigate the Snapchat Interface

 

#5 Draw in Your Snaps

Drawing is something unique to Snapchat. If you’re pretty creative and are kind of an artist (or just like having fun drawing) then try your hand at using the pencil icon in Snapchat. You can access the color palette by tapping on the pencil icon in the top right-hand corner.

How to Use Snapchat: 12 Dead Easy Steps to Navigate the Snapchat Interface

 

#6 Add Text to your Snaps

Tap the “T” button in the top right-hand corner to add text to your snaps. Write what you’d like and send it over to your story.

How to Use Snapchat: 12 Dead Easy Steps to Navigate the Snapchat Interface

 

#7 Add Emojis in Your Snaps

Tap the “post-it-note” icon in the top right-hand corner of the main interface (after you take a pic) and you can access an entire library of emojis to use in your snaps. Choose one that you don’t like? Drag the icon and a trash can will appear. Drag the icon to the trash.

How to Use Snapchat: 12 Dead Easy Steps to Navigate the Snapchat Interface

 

#8 Snapchat Messaging

In the main interface panel, swipe right to access the messaging platform. From “messaging” you can send private messages to anyone that you are following/is following you. Swipe left to get back to the main interface.

How to Use Snapchat: 12 Dead Easy Steps to Navigate the Snapchat Interface

 

#9 Snapchat Discovery

When you’re in the main interface panel, swipe left to access “Snapchat Discovery.” This is where you can watch stories from the people you’re following, as well as “discovery:” the stories sponsored by brands. You can close down any story that you’re in by swiping down, and skip stories by swiping right. You can also tap the screen to skip through certain parts of someone’s story. To get back to the main interface, swipe right from this panel.

How to Use Snapchat: 12 Dead Easy Steps to Navigate the Snapchat Interface

 

#10 My Story

Tap the 3 dots near “my story” to view your posts. Swipe down to close out.

How to Use Snapchat: 12 Dead Easy Steps to Navigate the Snapchat Interface

 

#11 Access Your Contacts & Your Snapcode

From the main interface, tap on the little yellow and white ghost icon at the top of the screen. This will bring up the panel where you can add friends, contacts, see who your friends are and grab a screen shot of your personal snapcode.

How to Use Snapchat: 12 Dead Easy Steps to Navigate the Snapchat Interface

 

#12 Add Friends

You can easily add friends in Snapchat by selecting “add friends.” From here, you can manually add someone’s name to follow, or you can select “add by snapcode.” If you have any screen shots of people’s snapcodes in your photo library, you’ll be able to select them and add them. This is an awesome feature if I do say so!

How to Use Snapchat: 12 Dead Easy Steps to Navigate the Snapchat Interface

 

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Emelina Spinelli is a bicoastal entrepreneur and blogger currently in Los Angeles, CA (+Brooklyn on the East Coast!). Emelina loves writing, design, self-development and is an Instagram aficionado. Watch the adventure> http://instagram.com/ecspinelli>@ecspinelli

  • Robin Rue

    I love this. Snapchat is one of my new favs. I am kind of obsessed.

    • Austin Iuliano

      Love it @robinrue:disqus, Would love to connect with you on Snapchat. What is your username. You can add me from this link snapchat.com/add/austiniuliano

  • Enricoh Alfonzo Naidu

    This is brilliant! Thank you for making it so easy to understand & you even included screen shots. You rock!!
    I’m sharing this & keeping it for future reference.

    • Austin Iuliano

      Welcome! Are you on Snapchat yet?

  • Rachel Mouton

    This is great! I know a lot of people who won’t use it just because they are intimidated by it. This will help tremendously!

    • Austin Iuliano

      Yes, the interface is super intimidating. But once you get past that you will become addicted. It is awesome from a business perspective too

  • fitfabfunmeals

    hey amazing! This way I an share some funny pictures with my friends!

    • Austin Iuliano

      yes sir. Are you on Snapchat?

  • tara pittman

    Thanks for the walk through. You make Snap Chat sound like fun.

    • Austin Iuliano

      It is a ton of fun!

  • Jessica Cassidy

    I heard so many things about Snap Chat but I do not have a high tech cell phone to try.

    • Austin Iuliano

      I am sorry you are missing out!

  • I believe Android phones have limited features than iPhone users. Nevertheless, I still like Snap Chat to watch often hilarious clips of my friends.

    • Austin Iuliano

      Android is different for sure. I am a big fan of Iphone though.

  • That’s a very detailed tutorial. I had trouble using it at first, and I got really frustrated. Wish I’d seen this sooner!

    • Austin Iuliano

      Better late than never right!

  • Berlin Domingo

    Indeed a year for the millennials. So many new applications and fun way to enjoy our phones. Now I cant even catch up.

    • Austin Iuliano

      Sorry about that, I hope this helps make it a tad bit easier

  • Karla Ramos

    Well, it didn’t take time for a post like this and I appreciate it. Usually I would just learn something on my own but for some features and apps, I’d like a more layman’s version for everything. Time to tinker with my Snapchat now!

    • Austin Iuliano

      Awesome! What is your Snapchat username? I would love to connect with you on there!

  • I definitely needed this info. I was just telling my husband last night that I have no idea how to use this. Thanks for sharing!

    • Austin Iuliano

      Welcome Brandi, what is your snapchat username?

  • HomeJobsbyMOM

    Nice instructions. I haven’t even downloaded snapchat yet. I have a feeling a day will come when I have to though.

    • Austin Iuliano

      Hope you do! it is very fun

  • Kathy

    I’ve never used Snapchat before. I’ve been thinking of signing up, but not sure. I’ve heard a lot of people use it too.

    • Austin Iuliano

      If you do, let’s connect snapchat.com/add/austiniuliano

  • Eugenia Nazarova

    I’ve heard of Snapchat, but I’ve never used it. I haven’t thought it has so many options! Thanks for the information and tutorials! Pinned your post for the future!

    • Austin Iuliano

      Thank you so very much!

  • jenjen

    Awesome! I just installed this few days ago πŸ™‚

    • Austin Iuliano

      awesome! hope this helps and I have lots more training and resources if you want them.

  • Maya

    Wish i had this when i first started using snap…took me forever to figure it out

    • Austin Iuliano

      Maya what is your snapchat username?

  • My daughter has been trying to show me how to use it. She uses it all the time. Your steps are excellent!

    • Austin Iuliano

      Awesome Liz! Are you on Snapchat?

  • CourtneyLynne Storms

    This is definitely some great snap info!!!! I really do need to give snap another chance.

    • Austin Iuliano

      please do, I think you will be pleasantly surprised.

  • Thanks Liz!! This is great. I thought I knew most of snapchat but I had no idea about setting the time a photo is on your story line. That’s great to know!!

    • Austin Iuliano

      Welcome, the author’s name is Emelina and my name is Austin. Glad you liked the info though πŸ™‚

  • Apparently I’m not too late to the party. I want to use Snapchat to grow my podcast. Any tips? I’m @wildaprevil on the Snaps!

    • Austin Iuliano

      Yes many many tips. First off I would follow other podcasters and network with them. Collaborating with other podcasters is a great way to organically grow your podcast. If you go into itunes and google my name austin iuliano you will find other podcasters who are on Snapchat. Reach out to them and start collaborating.

      Secondly, I would share your message daily of why you are doing the podcast. If you have a guest put a couple of awesome quotes or sound bites they said. Tease your audience and drive them to your podcast.