Snapchat, the social messaging app that allows you to send photos and videos that disappear, is here to stay. But even as the app has spread to millions, its updates and newest features aren’t always intuitive for the general public.
Because of this lack of intuitiveness, you may not be aware of how to do some fun things in the app. Below we reveal how to navigate five of Snapchat’s most exciting bonus features.
Visit your contact screen by swiping right. Anyone who’s sent you a text-only message will have a blue chat bubble next to her name. To view the conversation, swipe right on that person’s name.
From there, you can type whatever you’d like. If you just want to send text, press Send at the bottom of the screen.
If you want to attach a photo or video, tap the yellow button with the circle on it. The text you send is ephemeral, meaning that it will disappear if you leave the screen. That is, unless you tap the conversation. You’ll know it’s saved once the font changes slightly and it’s highlighted in light gray.
2. How to live video chat.
When you’re in this space and someone else is live chatting with you, the yellow button below the text box will start to pulse and turn blue.
If both you and your snapbuddy hold your fingers on the button and don’t let go, your screen will become a live video chat.