Did you ever think about what else the Snapchat is capable of apart from just capturing and sharing videos and photos snaps with your friends?
Snapchat is a very powerful app that has several hidden tricks and features that you may have never heard about.
Here you will learn about the ten best Snapchat tricks for Android that you can start implementing right away and impress your friends with your special snaps. Some tricks will even improve your usage experience.
#01 – Save Your Friend’s Snapchat Stories, Videos & Photos
We know that every Snapchat stories, videos, and photos are automatically removed within twenty-four hours. And once that period has been passed, you won’t be able to access them again.
However, there is an easy trick to save any Snapchat story, video or photo within seconds. And to achieve that we are going to use Snapchat’s chat feature.
Just follow these steps:
- Open your friend’s Snapchat story.
- While you are viewing the story, just swipe-up or tap on the “CHAT” text to open a chat window.
- Write something relevant about that story and tap “Send”. The message will be sent to your friend.
- Now, quickly head over to the Snapchat “Chat” section and tap on your friend’s name. That will open a chat window, and you should see the snap on which you just commented.
- Tap and hold on that snap. You will see, “SAVED” message. And all the saved messages will be highlighted with a grey background.
NOTE: Once SAVED, you can tap and hold on any SAVED message to ‘UNSAVE’ it whenever you like to.
That is it! You just saved your friend’s snap without even letting them know. You can now access these saved snaps in chats whenever you want.
#02 – Stylize Snap Text With Bold, Italic, and Underline
With the release of new Snapchat version, the developers have added the formatting functionality for texts that you add in your snaps. This new formatting option allows you to stylize your text with bold, italic, and underline.
Here’s how to do that:
- Capture a snap.
- Tap on the “T” to add text to your snap and then write anything relevant to the snap.
- Now, tap and hold on any word to select it.
- You will see a new menu on the top with ‘B’ (Bold), ‘I’ (Italic), and ‘U’ (Underline).
- Tap on the formatting option you want to apply to the selected text.
BONUS TIP: Using this similar technique, you can even change the font color of any selected text.
- Once you are done with the formatting, tap on the done button.
That’s it. You just stylized the text in your snap.
#03 – Add Multiple Text Lines In Your Snap
Did you ever want to add multiple text lines in your snap while adding text? But wasn’t able to do so because there is no enter/return button on the keyboard.
You don’t need to worry anymore as you can now add multiple text lines with this Snapchat trick, and say more in a single snap!
Follow these simple steps:
- Go to Messaging app and tap on the write new message option.
- In the message box, just tap on the enter/return button on the keyboard to add multiple lines. And in each line add a full stop/period too. This will make it easier for you to copy.
- Once done, tap and hold on the full stop/period, select the whole text, and tap on copy.
- Now go to Snapchat, capture a new snap, and tap on the “T” icon to add text.
- Tap and hold on the box, and then tap on “Paste” to paste the copied text.
Congratulations, you now have multiple lines and can add your text in each line without any issue.
#04 – Add Background Music To Your Snap Videos
Do you know you can add your own background music to your video snaps?
Snapchat has a precisely designed feature that allows you to add any music as your video snap’s background music and the implementation is actually very easy.
Here is what you need to do:
- On your Android phone, open any music player and play the song or music you want to set as your snap’s background.
- Once the music has been started playing, open Snapchat and start capturing video snap.
As simple as that. The part of music that was being played while you were capturing the snap will be used as your video snap’s background music.
#05 – Create Your Own Unique Color Filter
We all know that there are no color filters in Snapchat, and for all those filter addicts this might be a little bit turnoff.
However, with this awesome Snapchat trick, you can now add customized color filter to your snaps and give your pictures/videos a unique look.
- Capture a photo/video.
- Tap on the “T” icon to add text to your snap.
- Select text color by tapping and holding the “Pencil” icon. (NOTE: The color you select will be the color of your new filter).
- Once the color has been selected, write any letter you want. (For example: a letter ‘I’)
- Tap on the “T” icon to make the text appear larger.
- Once done, you have to enlarge the text using the pinch-to-zoom gesture and you have to expand it until the text starts to become translucent.
- Now all you have to do is adjust the text location until you are satisfied with the results.
You have created yourself a very own color filter. Go ahead and impress your friends with this technique! 😀
#06 – Find Out If Your Friend Has Blocked/Removed You
Did you ever feel curious about how you will be able to know if your friend has blocked you/removed you from their Snapchat friends list?
We have a trick that you can use to find out, in a matter of seconds, if your friend has blocked/removed you.
Just follow these steps:
- Open Snapchat and swipe down to access your profile settings section.
- Tap on “My Friends” option.
- Under the “FRIENDS” tab, search for the friend who you think has removed/blocked you, and then tap on their name.
- Doing this will pop-up their profile info that will show their Snapchat name, username, and Snapchat score (snapscore).
Now, if their snapscore is visible it means that you are still friends and they have not blocked you. Else, if you are not able to see the score that means they have blocked/removed you.
#07 – Easy & Smooth Zooming While Capturing Video
Do you capture a lot of video snaps? If yes, then you must find it hard to zoom in or zoom out while recording videos.
The possible zooming option we all know about is the popular ‘pinch-to-zoom’ gesture. But it would be hard to record video and zoom with just one hand.
Below you will learn a trick to easily and smoothly zoom-in and zoom-out while recording a video snap, without using your second hand.
While you are capturing a video snap and holding the capture button, you can:
- Move your finger in the upward direction to zoom in,
- Move your finger in the downward direction to zoom out.
Yes, as simple as that! You can now record videos and use the zooming functionality singlehandedly with one hand.
#08 – Swipe To Access Different Snapchat Sections
Did you know you could use swipe gestures to browse through different sections in the Snapchat?
While you are on the Snapchat homescreen, you can perform these gestures:
- Swipe to the bottom to access your profile settings section,
- Swipe to the left to access your Stories and Subscriptions section,
- Swipe up to access your Memories and Camera Roll section,
- Swipe to the right to access your Snapchat Chat area,
These gesture tricks will help you save time while browsing through your Snapchat.
BONUS: When you are viewing one of your friend’s Snapchat stories and you want to skip the rest of the story, and jump to the next friend’s stories then what you could do is, rather than tapping the back button and selecting other friend’s name, you can simply swipe to the left to quickly skip it.
#09 – Save Mobile Data Usage With Travel Mode
If you are a new Snapchat user, and wondering why the app is consuming a large amount of mobile data then this Snapchat trick will help you out in saving your valuable mobile data.
Usually, whenever you open Snapchat, any new story will be downloaded automatically for you. However, there is an option that will stop the app from pre-downloading Snapchat stories and will save you significant amount of mobile data.
- From your Snapchat home screen, swipe down to access your profile section.
- On the top-right corner you will see a “Gear” icon, tap on it to go to “Settings” menu.
- Now scroll down until you find “Manage” and then tap on it. (This should be under “Additional Services” section)
- Here you will find “Travel Mode” check box. Tap on it to enable this mode.
Now, Snapchat will not load snaps and stories automatically. You have to manually tap on each story to load it. This will save your mobile account from any unwanted mobile data usage.
#10 – Share Photos & Videos From Gallery As Story
We all wanted to share our old photos and videos on Snapchat as story but there was no option that would allow you to do that!
Until recently when Snapchat developers decided to update the app that included the ability to let you select the photos or videos stored in your gallery, and allows you to share them as your story.
Here’s how you can share them:
- From your Snapchat’s homescreen, swipe up to access “Memories” section.
- Here you will find three tabs, i.e. ‘All’, ‘Snaps’, ‘Stories’, and ‘Camera Roll’. You need to tap on the “Camera Roll” tab to access all the photos and videos stored in your phone’s gallery.
- Tap on the one you would like to share.
- And then perform the swipe up gesture to Edit the photo/video and then Share it as your story.
That is awesome, isn’t it?
Which Snapchat Tricks Do You Use Frequently?
Have you tried any Snapchat trick mentioned here? Do you know about any trick that I missed?
Please share with me in the comments down below, I would love to hear about them! 🙂