Snapchat. It’s a great messaging option for people who value privacy, or else just down’t want to clutter their phone or their friends’ phones with a ton pictures or messages that are no longer relevant. But, like many of the most popular apps and utilities out there today, Snapchat is only available for mobile devices. Now don’t get me wrong, sometimes it’s fun to play on your iPhone or Android, browsing the web, chatting with friends, or sharing photos. But what happens when you want to use a computer?
My guess is you run into a Snapchat online problem, with no great login option you are left to sign up and use Snapchat only on mobile devices. But, luckily for you I have a solution that can bridge the best of both worlds and connect your favorite app online.
I will walk you through how to sign up for Snapchat, along with tips on bringing your profile from your smartphone to the web quickly and easily. The best part is, the options below are completely free.
“When you make a connection with someone online, oftentimes it feels a little limited, but also safe. And people, strangely, are more comfortable sharing information about themselves sometimes with strangers online, simply because it’s someone who is outside of their normal circle of friends, much in the same way you share things with a therapist.” – Nev Schulman
For those who haven’t gotten on the Snapchat bandwagon, Snapchat is a messaging app that has a completely different take on what messaging apps should do. Like the messengers that are already native to your phone, Snapchat can send pictures, video, and text. But the thing that makes Snapchat Snapchat is that the messages, video, and text (collectively referred to as “Snaps”) which you send over it have an expiration date.
That’s right, when you send a Snap, you determine how long it stays good. Once the recipient has read or viewed it, it automatically self deletes when they changes screens, look at something else, or when the time limit you set has expired. This makes it very good for people who send a receive a high volume of texts and don’t want all of that bogging down their phones (it doesn’t sound like a lot, but that death by a thousand cuts can get you after a while, and manually cleaning out your cache of received photos and videos is a tiring slog). It’s also good for sending any information that is particularly sensitive, and which you may not want to risk your recipient accidentally sending out. Also, with phone hacking on the rise, Snapchat can be a handy measure against unintentional leaks.
Snapchat Online Features
You may be curious what you can expect from the online version of Snapchat and whether you will be able to use all of the features you’re accustomed to using when you chat with friends.
You will be able to view Snaps that are sent to you, as well as update your profile name and settings. You can view all of your friend’s Snapchat stories as well as the just created Snapcash feature and the ability to view channels on Snapchat Discover like Comedy Central, ESPN, etc.
Unfortunately, depending on whether you have a built in camera for your computer and whether the emulator works well with your built in camera, you may not be able to actually take your own new Snaps and send them to friends online. You will have to try it out and see if Snapchat is compatible with your web camera, as your mileage may vary greatly depending on your hardware specs and, as I said a moment ago, which emulator you’re working with.
Regardless of those things, though, you will be able to adjust your settings and privacy, if for instance you want to block someone on Snapchat or add a new friend or change the filters setting all while online.
Snapchat Sign Up Guide
The first step in the process is to sign up for Snapchat if you haven’t already done so. Below, I will walk you through tips and step by step instructions on how to sign up and what you need beforehand.
The first thing to keep in mind is that you can sign up online for Snapchat but it is much easier to do so when you’re on a mobile phone or iPad. I would suggest using your iPhone or Android if you have one to initially sign up and if you don’t already have one you may be able to borrow one from your friend. Just remember to sign out afterwards (or delete the app, if the lender doesn’t want it living on his or her phone), if that’s the route you take.
Follow these steps on your mobile Snapchat app or online if you want to go that route instead.
- After you finish downloading the app, tap it to launch it.
- You will notice two big buttons that offer you to either login or sign up, tap the sign up button.
- Now, you will be given the option to choose your username, make sure you think carefully about this as it cannot be changed (see below for more tips) and hit enter.
- Lastly, you will need to enter in your email address, desired password, and your birth date.
- By continuing you are agreeing to the Snapchat terms of service which you may want to browse if you have a chance.
TIP: Snapchat will not let you change your username after you select it initially. The only way to change it is to delete your current account and sign up again for an account. Another thing to take note of is if you are under the age of 13, you are not allowed to use Snapchat. Also, if you are from the ages of 13 to 17 you must receive parental permission to use the app as stated in the terms of service.
How To Get Snapchat Online
Now, I’ll walk you through steps to get Snapchat completely free and super easy to use. There are a few things to keep in mind and do before you start with this process that I will address below.
First, you may want to sign up for an account already as described above. This will make the whole experience a bit easier and less of a hassle. Secondly, for this trick to work you will need to sign up for a Google Play account and register a device to your account.
The reason this is important is because you will need to use that Google Play account to download a copy of the snapchat app to your desktop and Google won’t let you do that unless you have previously registered for an account with them. It is the one unfortunate down side of what is otherwise a great workaround, but it’s not insurmountable. If you don’t have an Android device on your own, try to borrow a friend’s phone and quickly login to your Google Play account and verify it. This is of course assuming you are emulating an Android phone because you don’t have one, rather than doing so because you simply don’t want to be staring at your phone all day.
Once you have a working Google Play account you can use Snapchat by using an online emulator called Manymo.
What is Manymo?
Manymo is an online Android emulator that mimics the Android operating system in an online interface. Basically, you can sign up for Manymo and from there launch a web based emulator that you can use to upload your desired app to play. This is a great option if you don’t want to download anything, which is something that is a real requirement for a lot of the other Android emulators (great as they are). This option works with any app that is compatible with Android so you’re not limited just to Snapchat.
I suggest Manymo because it is the only truly online emulator but has some downsides. It works perfectly fine but you won’t be able to save your session or anything so you may need to follow the steps below every time you want to use Snapchat. The way around that is to download an app based emulator so you can save your profile and quickly boot it up again when you want to view a Snap.
Lastly, you can use Manymo completely for free after you sign up, however, you may want to go with the $9 paid for version if you use it often. There are limits on how many times you can use an emulator per month and the more you want to use it the more you will need to pay.
Setup Snapchat with Manymo
I’ll walk you through the steps you have to take in order to get Snapchat running online using Manymo.
- After you sign up for Google Play, you will need to download the Snapchat app from your Google Play account. This will be a .apk file that you will save to your desktop or downloads folder. This file will be necessary to upload into the emulator. I suggest saving this file for future use if you want to use this trick often.
- Head over to Manymo and sign up for an account by entering in your information. You can choose whether to use the free version or pay for the premium version.
- After you get logged in, you can start to launch the emulator. At the top right you should see an option to launch the emulator with an app. You can choose what resolution and size you want the emulator to be. I recommend using a resolution that is similar to the computer screen you are using so it matches well.
- After you click launch, you will want to navigate to the Snapchat apk file you downloaded earlier and from there upload it to the emulator.
- This will automatically let you run Snapchat online.
See below where I will walk you through steps to Snapchat login and tips on making the entire process easier without having to go through the steps above every time.
Snapchat Online Login
Once you have the emulator up and running you are ready to login to Snapchat and start viewing the snaps sent to you from your friends. Remember, you cannot use the online version to take and send Snaps of yourself unless the camera on your computer matches the specs required for Snapchat. More often than not, this option does not work unfortunately.
After you get the emulator up and running, simply launch Snapchat and you will see a screen similar to if you launched Snapchat on an Android tablet. Click the login button and enter in your username and password.
This should bring you straight to your Snapchat account. However, there have been instances where the app recognizes it’s a different device and wants to ask you permissions again. Just accept the permissions to ensure the app will work properly.
If you forgot your username and password you can click the links to recover them on the emulator. Alternatively, you can change your password from the Snapchat support page on any computer or smartphone.
Snapchat For PC Bypass
Another option if you don’t want to go through the hassle above to get Snapchat online is to download an emulator like Andyroid straight onto your PC. That way, you won’t have to launch the emulator online every time and upload the app to run it.
This option gives you the ability to setup your profile on the emulator and come back anytime you want without having to set it up again and sign in to everything. There are pros and cons to this option, including the requirement that you need to download software to your computer. However, the emulator is completely free so you won’t need to worry about a monthly subscription as you may need to do using Manymo.
It’s an option that you should keep in mind if you find you would rather go with a more permanent solution to the problem.
I hope this guide helped solve your Snapchat login online problems and has given you a glimpse of the many options out there. Despite Snapchat’s reluctance to create a desktop version of their app, there are options to run Snapchat with a little work and effort on our part.
Let us know below if you have any other tips on making this process work better and if you got it to work on your PC. Please share this link if you found it helpful, we always appreciate it!