Well, well, well. We meet again. And on the field of Snapchat combat, no less. We know what you seek. You seek the secrets of Snapchatdom so you can take the reign and be named All High Ruler of Snapchat. Master Wizard in the not-so-dark sorcery of Snapchatery. First, you will need to answer three questions from the Snapchat Ghost, Lord Snapchattington. First question: what is your name? Second question: What is your quest? Third question: What is the algorithm Snapchat uses to equate your Snapchat Score?
Well, Snapchat doesn’t actually have titles like All High Ruler or Master Wizard and we’re fairly certain the Snapchat Ghost isn’t named Lord Snapchattington (although, he should be). His/Her name is Ghostface Chillah, after the beloved member of the Wu-Tang Clan, Ghostface Killah. Now if you didn’t know that, read on to discover more of the best secrets of Snapchat of 2015.
There are no secrets that time does not reveal.—Jean Racine
18 Best Snapchat Secrets of 2015
Let’s just get it out there from the start: Snapchat is not the most user-friendly app in the world; pretty far from it, in fact. And it’s no secret that Snapchat has secrets; they kinda like it that way. You don’t need to browse their support page for too long to know they want you to figure some things out for yourself.
Snapchat wants you to spend a lot of time using the app, discovering all the secrets. Brilliant on their end of things; frustrating for some of us on this end. There are things you notice your friends doing with Snapchat that make you feel like the old fuddy-dud of the group.
That moment when you realize you need some friends your own age.
We’ve been there. So, we’re here to share some secrets and tips that you either didn’t know about or knew about and didn’t know the mechanics/how-to. Read on, Worthy Seeker of Secrets.
Snapchat starts with the photo; it’s at the center of what the app is all about. The main screen is your camera, actually. So let’s start with some secrets and tips for your photos.
- In September 2015, Snapchat introduced “Lenses,” fun special effects and sounds that happen in real time. Have you seen Snaps of people with ridiculously big eye-balls, vomiting rainbows? Yeah, that’s one of the many Lenses you can choose from. To use Lenses: Go to your camera screen; make sure you’re in Selfie camera; press and hold on your face and Lens options will appear; swipe left to choose a Lens; follow instructions for the Lens (if there are any); tap the capture button for a Snap or hold it for a video.
- Child’s play, you say? Okay, let’s talk filters. Snapchat has Instagram-like filters you can use for your photos. From your camera screen, swipe left and tap on Settings (the gear icon). Now go take a Snap draft and swipe left or right on the draft to peruse your filter options. Some of the options are weather, time, geolocation, and black and white. Note for Android users: You guys can use a sepia filter by writing “sepia” on a Snap before sending it.
- Still not impressed? How about this: let’s think outside the box. Go to your emoji and pick one. Use your thumbs to drag outward and make it as giant as it possibly can be, so much so that one pixel covers your screen. Using that pixel, you’ve just created your own custom filter.
- You can likewise create your own framing using letters! What?! Well, we we’re gonna mention this in further detail later, but you can make your text as big or small as you like. So use your thumbs to make an “O” or an “A” huge and there you go; you have a custom frame made from a letter.
Pretty cool stuff, right? There’s so much you can do with your Snaps, it’s just not always obvious. Let’s keep it going with some camera tips and tricks.
- So we know we can record Snaps by holding down the button on the screen. You can also use either volume key to record (hold it down). But did you know you can now swap the camera with a simple double tap? That’s right. When it is just too much to use the little flip icon, double tap the screen and the camera switches and you can do that as many times as you need to. Comes in pretty handy if you’re making a video and want to flip between what you’re filming and your reaction.
- You can also zoom by sliding your finger up and down while filming or even prior to filming.
- Let’s talk about a little lighting. Wanna take a selfie before bed or in the club? But the lighting sucks? Snapchat’s got you covered. Go to the Manage screen and turn on the “Flash Forward.” Go back to your camera screen and a little moon icon will appear. Tap the moon icon and you’ll get a little extra boost of light. If you’re in okay lighting but you want that little extra, you can just put your finger in front of the camera and trick it into thinking it’s darker than it is, so the Flash moon icon will appear.
It’s not just about the Snaps, we know. Filters are fun, but the fun really starts when you get some text involved. Let’s look at some tricks of the text trade.
- When you tap on the T in the top right-hand corner of a Snap, it brings up your keyboard and you can type a message on the Snap. What’s more, if you tap on the T while typing, the font will be larger now. Even better, just type something and leave the cursor there; then, dragging your thumbs across the screen, you can change the size. Like crazy tiny text hidden in your Snap or GIANT one word per line text.
- Not only can your text be the size you want, you can also make it pretty with colors. And that’s not just limited to words. You can make each letter whatever color you want. To change the color of the caption: tap the T twice to make the font larger (color change only works for the larger font); then just select from the color palette strip the color you desire and the caption will become that color. To change the color of an individual word or letter: double tap on the caption and tap “select;” then highlight what you want to change; color palette comes back up and you select your color. Beautiful Snap text accomplished.
- Get your pencils ready. No it’s not quiz time. If using the text provided feels too stuffy, you can draw, doodle and write on your Snap yourself. You knew that? Okay, well, did you know you are not limited to the RoyGBiv color palette? Yes, Android users have black and white built in, but for iPhone users, black and white is not readily available…or is it? Click on the pencil after taking a Snap; slide your finger from the color palette to the left and to the top left and you get white. For black, slide to the bottom of the screen. Bonus: you’ll see pinks, lilacs, deeper blues along the slide.
- Have you seen Snaps with what appears to be translucent doodles? Yeah, it’s a thing. When you press the color palette and hold it, more color options appear. Translucent is in there and as previously mentioned, there is a whole range of colors to choose from and customize.
No, we’re not here to reveal that Kevin slept with your sister back in junior year…oops. We wanna let you in on some tips for checking in on and finding your friends.
- It may be no secret at this point, but in case you didn’t know, Snapchat has Snapcodes, or BooR Codes. It’s like a QR code (heh heh) but only for Snapchat and can be found after tapping on Ghostface Chillah (the ghost icon, remember at the beginning of the article? READING COMPREHENSION PEOPLE!). This brings up a page that contains your BooR Code. Your friends can simply snap a pic of it with their camera (from Snapchat, of course) and instant friendship. You can share a screenshot of your Snapcode on Facebook or other social media networks, and people can easily follow you without anything more than a Snap.
- The default of “best friends” is 3; but you can change that by going to the Manage page and tapping on Best Friends.
- Keeping tabs on your numbers? Check how many views you have of your Stories over the last 24 hours. You can also tap on each story and find out who has seen and screenshotted any Stories.
- Similarly, you can check your friends’ Snapchat Scores. And judge them accordingly. Go into My Friends and tap on a name. And judge accordingly.
Finally, let’s talk about videos.
- Share your Stories again by saving them as video files on your phone. Go over to the Story menu and tap on the three dots on the right. A drop down menu of every clip from the story will appear as well as a download arrow; click the arrow and your Story will download to your phone and you can share it with the world.
- Don’t feel like watching all 180 seconds of a Story? Tap the screen and skip around. We just got a mental image of all our readers tapping on phone screens and skipping. It’s pretty epic.
- You can live chat on Snapchat! When chatting, you’ve got the yellow button. If your friend is on, too, the yellow button becomes blue. You both hold it down (don’t let go!) and you’re essentially Facetiming on Snapchat. Pretty cool.
Well, that’s it for now. There are SO MANY secrets being discovered daily on Snapchat and all by you, the user. Snapchat is not one to just blatantly share all it’s secrets. Please check out our many other articles about Snapchat to keep on discovering all things Snapchat.
So, the best advice we can give is play and discover for yourself all the ins and outs of Snapchat and we’ll do the same and report back soon! If you know some great secrets that we missed, be sure to leave a comment in the comment section below. Happy Snapping!