How to create and send Snaps
Viewing friends’ Snaps is fun, sure, but you’ll also need to know how to create Snaps of your own. When you open the Snapchat app, it goes directly to the camera screen, so you’re all sent to start Snapping.
1. Take a picture or video
To take a picture, tap the capture (circular) button at the bottom of the screen.
To take a video, hold the capture button down and a red marker will appear to indicate that it’s recording. You can capture up to 10 seconds of video in one Snap. If you keep holding the button down, it will record multiple Snaps.
To take a selfie, flip the camera on your screen by tapping the camera icon in the top right corner or double-tapping anywhere on the screen.
If you don’t like the photo or video, tap the X icon in the top left corner to discard and try again.
2. Get creative
Once you take your photo, you can dress it up with creative tools and filters. (Snapchat lenses work a bit differently, so we cover those in the next section of this post.)
Creative Tools: The following creative tools appear on the right of your screen.
- Caption (T icon): Add a caption or any other text, complete with bold, italics, or underline styles.
- Doodle (pencil icon): Snapchat’s drawing tool. You can change the color and size of your brush, or tap the heart icon to draw with emojis.
- Stickers (square icon that resembles a sticky note): Add stickers from the Snapchat library or create a personal Bitmoji sticker if you’re feeling adventurous.
- Scissors (scissors icon): You can select just about any part of a Snap to turn it into a sticker you can use on your current Snap or save for the future. The scissors icon also gives you access to the Magic Eraser, which allows you to remove elements of the photo; the Backdrop tool, which allows you to add a patterned backdrop to your snap; and the Tint Brush, which allows you to change the color of objects in your Snap.
- Paperclip (paperclip icon): Tap this icon to enter the URL of any webpage. When your friend views your Snap, they can swipe up to find the linked webpage.
- Timer (stopwatch icon): Select the amount of time that your Snap will be viewable—up to 10 seconds. Or, choose the infinity symbol to let your friends view the Snap for as long as they like.
Snapchat filters: To access Snapchat filters, swipe left or right on your screen. The available filters may include timestamps, color effects, holiday graphics, and/or Geofilters based on your location. You can press the stack icon that appears under the other creative tools to apply multiple filters to your Snap.
3. Send your Snap
Once your Snap is ready to go, click the blue Send To arrow icon on the bottom right of the screen. Then, select which contacts you’d like to send the Snap to by checking the boxes beside their names. Once your Snap is sent, the app will take you to the Friends screen.
To send multiple Snaps, repeat the process above. Your friend will receive your Snaps in the order you sent them.