A $ 16 billion valuation, more than 100 million daily active users (13-34 year olds), three billion video views per day, a failed Facebook takeover bid and partnerships with Buzzfeed, CNN, Vice or National Geographic : The photo-based messaging app Snapchat (free for iPhone and Android ) fascinates quite a few people worldwide, but leaves even more perplexed.
That’s the app for texting? The delete sent pictures after watching again? What does the app have for a terrible design? And what’s all that good for? Such and other doubtful questions can be heard repeatedly in conversation over Snapchat, but very few have even tried the app ever. That’s why rscdeporte.org is offering a Snapchat crash course here in 25 points, which will give non-users and adults an insight into the hyped teen app:
Sounds simple, but it is not. When signing up, you’re looking for a unique username (not necessarily the real name, can be a nickname or anything else) like Twitter, which can not be changed later. This username appears by default for the contacts. But you can in the settings (on the start screen to swipe down and then top right on the gear) choose a second name, which is then displayed to other users. So you can, for example, the user name “devilcry” choose, but you spend as “mrhyde”. A profile like on Facebook with a photo, description etc. you do not have at Snapchat.
Before you can send someone a picture or a video, of course, you need contacts. The functions can be found by tapping the ghost icon on the start screen and then selecting “friends added”. Upon your permission, Snapchat accesses the phone’s address book and searches its database to see if any users are already there who have specified a phone number from your address book. Contacts can also be added via the username (if you know this), via Wi-Fi (both must have the function “Nearby added” open) or via the so-called “Snapcode” add: This image similar to a QR code you can send it to other people (eg via Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp), and when you snap the snapcode with the Snapchat app, you will be added as your new contact.
3.Create and send a snap
If you finally found contacts, you can start with the actual main function. The is very easy to use, you just type on the home page on the trigger button. For (clear) selfies you can also switch to the front camera. If the photo is in the box, you can add many other elements to it: A tip on top of the small post-it symbol opens a rich selection of emojis, the “T” allows the caption, and the pencil icon opens a simple one Character editor that allows you to paint the photo with your finger on the display. When the artwork is done, look at the bottom left with the timer, how long the receiver is allowed to see the image (at least 1, maximum 10 seconds), and then tap the arrow icon at the bottom right. How to get into the contact list,
4.Use additional photo filters (temperature, location)
In the “Settings” under “More options” you will find the option “Filter”. If you enable them, Snapchat can access the location of your smartphone. This makes it possible to provide a photo with additional filters. Simply swipe left or right on the screen and not only color filters the way you would on instagram, but also the local temperature, the speed you’re currently using, the time, or given text blocks (eg “Greetings from Vienna “) over the snapshot.
5.Take a video (and zoom in)
With Snapchat you can make videos up to ten seconds long and add filters, emojis or text elements like photos. Normally, Snapchat videos are rotated in portrait format and not in landscape format, because the receivers usually have the smartphone in portrait orientation and prefer to watch videos in portrait-full portrait format. Snapchat has missed the video feature on a zoom – just swipe up or down the display.
6.Post a public story
Snapchat is often perceived as a messaging app that involves one-to-one or one-to-many Few communications. But since the introduction of the function “Stories” this is no longer the case. If you have made a snap and click on the plus icon in the middle of the middle, the snap will be visible to all contacts for 24 hours. A “story” emerges like this: If you regularly make snaps visible to all contacts, then Snapchat automatically builds a “story” out of these photos or videos, which can look like a slideshow.
7.Delete a story
To delete your own content (image or video) from your own “story” (My Story), tap on the three dots, select the respective snap and then click on the big X.
8.Curated Snapchat stories
How quickly Snapchat from “private” can be “public”, the curated stories show by the app makers: For large events, Snapchat reserves the right to summarize geodatized stories of users to longer stories (and also to save longer), which are then accessible to all users worldwide. Usually, however, only unsophisticated, friendly content is included in these curated stories (found in the “Live” section of the “Story” page).
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9.Chat and make video calls
With Snapchat, you can also chat via text messaging, similar to WhatsApp, but the messages disappear when both have seen them. The deletion is not always valid, because you can mark individual messages on a tap to remember them for later (eg if someone sends an address). If both parties are active in the chat at the same time (chats are to be found to the left of the start page), then they can start a video call. The fact that the function is active can be recognized by a light blue symbol.
10.Understand the many symbols
Snapchat breaks not only in app design with common standards, but also in the symbolism. That a filled pink arrow means that you have sent a snap without audio or a light blue speech bubble means that you got a text message, you have to learn first. Here is an overview of the meanings of the many symbols. In addition, in the contact list, icons such as hearts or smileys are displayed, which inform about the intensity, in which one exchanges with these contacts – explanations can be found here .
11.The data that saves Snapchat for the long term
Snapchat is known to erase images, videos, and text messages (that is, the content of conversations) after the recipient has seen them. However, this does not mean that Snapchat does not process users’ data over the long term, including phone number, email address, banking details, contact lists, MAC addresses, IMEI numbers, GPS data, IP addresses, and time, date, recipient, and Sender of news. These data are processed on servers in the US and can and will be shared with authorities.
12.Manage the privacy
Snapchat offers a few options to control your own privacy in the app. In Settings, you can choose who can send snaps to you (either “everyone” or “friends only”) and who can see your stories (either “everyone”, “friends only” or “custom” where you can block individual contacts ).
13.Detect if someone took a screenshot
Snapchat will show you a double-triangle icon when it detects that the recipient took a screenshot. However, the app can not detect this when the receiver has previously switched to airplane mode, then looks at the image, takes a screenshot, and then turns the airplane mode off again.
14.Send a saved image
Snapchat actually forces you to take a new picture on the homepage of the app and send it. But with a little trick you can also send older photos from the smartphone memory. To do this, swipe to the left in the list of chats, tap the small speech bubble in the upper left corner, select the recipient, tap on the yellow send icon and then on the lower right of the small preview image. So you get to the photo gallery, where you select a picture. It should be noted here that one should select the best portrait pictures here, landscape photos are automatically transversed by Snapchat across, which contradicts the nature of trimmed to portrait format app a little bit.
15.Painting black and white
When painting pictures you can choose in principle with the bar right from the rainbow colors. If you tap on the bar with your finger and then swipe all the way down or up to the edge of the screen, you can also select white (at the top) or black (at the bottom).
16.Lay large letters over the image
If you type in the image editing twice on the big T, then you can write in large letters rather than in small his message on the photo.
If you add an emoji icon to a photo, you can magnify it with the familiar zoom gesture on the touch screen (just two fingers apart) and place it anywhere on the photo.
18.View Discover content
If you’re boring, you can watch videos, photo galleries, or reports from Snapchat partners-these are Buzzfeed, MTV, Fusion, CNN, BR Sports, Vice, National Geographic, People, and Food Network. You can find their contents, which are refreshed daily, with a swipe to the right of the start page or two swipes to the right, in the Discover area. Note: Since Snapchat is aimed at younger audiences, the contents of the media partners are usually quite youthful and shrill and therefore not everyone’s thing. By the way, you close a Discover medium by wiping down.
19.Share Discover content
From Facebook (“share”) and Twitter (“retweet”) knows the sharing feature for content already well. Snapchat has it, if it’s a bit hidden: in the Discover section (for example, in a Vice article), you tap on the screen for a little longer, and then send the content to one or more contacts that you think you have they are interested in the content. In other apps like WhatsApp, Facebook or Twitter you can not share the Snapchat content.
20.Report spam, hate mailing and harassment
Because even with Snapchat is not always everything bliss, you can report inappropriate content to the operators. This is not directly in the app, but currently only on this website: https://support.snapchat.com/co/inappropriate . It’s a bit of a hassle to describe the account and content you find harassing – by the way, best in English, as Snapchat does not yet offer community support.
A swipe to the left shows a list of all the chats you’ve had with other users so far. If you want to delete one or more of these conversations from the view, you have to scroll to the “Settings” area and then all the way down to the “Account Actions” area.
22.Remove contacts, block and change names
Under “My friends” (tap on the ghost on the start page) you get to the contact list. If you choose a contact, you will also see a small gear with the following three options: “Edit name” (if you want to rename your better half in Snapchat to “Hasibärli”), “Remove friend” or “Block”.
23.Prohibit being found via telephone number
By default, you can find other users after their phone number has been disclosed. Who wants to prevent this goes in the settings in the area “mobile number” and there operates the appropriate controller that prohibits.
24.Change phone number
Snapchat relies heavily on the phone number to identify the user, security (2-step verification via SMS code) and networking of users. If you get a new mobile number, then you have to announce this Snapchat to continue to use the app as usual. In the settings you can change it under the item “mobile number”. Snapchat sends a code to the new number for verification by SMS, which you then have to enter.
Directly in the app you can not delete his Snapchat account, you have to make the detour to the website https://accounts.snapchat.com and log in there.