20 Things You DIDN’T Know You Could Do With Snapchat

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For the uninitiated, Snapchat has become a hugely popular mobile app that you can use to “chat” with friends through photos, videos and captions. The twist? It has a “self-destructing” feature for photos which means a few seconds after they’ve been viewed, they’re gone…or are they?

Business Insider did some digging and found that Snapchat isn’t just for sending disappearing photos or terrifying face swaps. You can do things like make video calls, pay back your friends, or read the news.

And there might even be a way to keep those photos around…

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If you’re on an iPhone, you can get the white crayon by touching the palette and dragging your finger toward the top-left corner. To get black, touch the palette and drag your finger toward the bottom of the screen. There are a range of colors you can unlock, like pink, as you move toward white or black, when you drag your finger up or down.

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There you can also see how many people have taken a screenshot of your stories and who is watching the snaps you send to your story by the three gray dots to the right of it. The number next to the purple eye is how many people have already seen it.

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(I think the one Snap a day thing is probably a good thing so you don’t watch the same Snap 15 times and make that person think you’re a stalker.) 

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To find your Snapcode, tap on the ghost icon at the top of the camera screen to bring up the yellow, dotted Snapcode square. All they have to do is act as if they’re taking a picture of it in the Snapchat app and scan it.

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There are a ton of extra features in Snapchat’s messaging screen. Want to talk? Swipe right on any friend’s name to start a conversation. If you type in an address while chatting, it shows up as a map so you can easily find your way to meet up.

Who’s up for a burrito? Let’s face swap with the burrito!

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Type “work” or “no,” for example (since you’re probably not working and Snapchatting), in the text field, and stickers matching the definition will appear. You can see more of the stickers by holding the sticker button and dragging up on the screen.

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The bonus? Unlike regular snaps, these can be saved in the chat conversation by swiping on it to the right. In addition, there’s no timer on when they would disappear when you view them.

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By holding the camera button, you can record from your front-facing camera and the 10-second video ends up looking like a selfie GIF. If you don’t like it, keep holding onto the camera button and drag it onto an X. Be warned though that if you let go while recording a video note, it sends it automatically.

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Anyway, like the video notes, if you let go, it will send instantly.

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For example, you’re in bed and your friend wants to show off his or her new place. You can watch the person’s video without having to show that you’re still in your pajamas. Then again, you could just wait and have them call you back, but whatever. Get to snapping.

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If you don’t save your messages, all but the most recent one you sent will disappear when you close out of the window.

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There you go! All the tips you need — in a snap.
Via: Business Insider

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