If you’re like me, you sometimes prefer to use Snapchat with iPad instead of using your iPhone or Android all the time. Unfortunately, there is no Snapchat app for the iPad—at least none published by Snapchat, Inc.
There are a lot of third party apps out there which claim to let you use or access your Snapchat account, but personally, I’m squeamish about letting some unknown third party have access to my social media login information. Particularly my sensitive Snapchat account.
If you’re reading this (and guess what, you are), you’re likely in the same situation. Luckily for you, I’ve got your solution below.
When I’m at home sitting on my couch I usually browse the web and check social media on my iPad. The last thing I want to do is to go back to my smartphone when I want to check Snapchat.
Below, I will walk you through a few different secrets that will solve your problem and give you full access to the app, albeit with a few disadvantages that I will outline below. Make sure you check back regularly to see if there are new solutions and I will continue to update this post as necessary.
“When I’m on the couch, I usually have the TV on and my MacBook Air nearby. And sometimes, when my ADD is really kicking in, I have my iPad too. And my iPhone. And a magazine that I haven’t gotten to. And a book under the pillow to my left.” – Aubrey Plaza from Parks & Recreation
Snapchat For iPad Features
You may be curious what features will be accessible if you use Snapchat on your iPad. It’s a good question to keep in mind because, as if often the case for these sorts of workarounds, you’re not always going to have total functionality, so you want to be aware of what features you’re going to be giving up, and if it’s worth it to you. I’ve compiled a list of features that you can make use of along with what devices this is compatible with.
You will notice that despite the Snapchat app not being made to work specifically for the iPad, that all of the features you love are included on the iPad with this trick.
- You can send and receive Snaps to your friends, including using the front and back cameras on your iPad.
- You can view Snaps that people have sent to you and respond back with text messages that disappear after viewing them.
- Make use of the new SnapCash feature where you can send money to anyone who also has Snapchat and SnapCash enabled.
- View your friend’s Snapchat profile to see their high score and their top 3 best friends
- Use the new Snapchat Discover feature that allows you to view Snaps from ESPN, Comedy Central, news channels, etc. all from your Snapchat app. This is Snapchat’s way of starting to monetize their platform in addition to the SnapCash feature.
- All of the crayon and text options also work perfectly so you can have a bit more room to draw and color.
The trick below works on the following iPad generations and iOS operating systems
- iPad 1-4 (including the retina display iPads)
- iPad Mini 1 and 2
- It also works on iOS 5.0 to the newest iOS 8.0
Why Get Snapchat on iPad?
You may not be completely convinced why using the Snapchat app on an iPad would be better than using it on your iPhone. After all, Snapchat is a messaging app, and we’ve come to think of messaging as just something that we do on our phones. Despite one drawback, there are a lot of advantages to using the app on an iPad.
- Whether you’re viewing a friend’s Snap photo from a party last night or a video of your sister skiing in Colorado, viewing Snapchat on a higher resolution screen is better. You can see everything in more detail and more clearly on an iPad.
- If you’re the type of person who likes to make a lot of edits to your photos, like draw a helmet on a friend, color in the background of your photo, or create a fictitious cartoon character for you to hang out with. All of these are better on a bigger screen where you can have room to create a masterpiece. Often times, my fingers can’t draw in detail on my iPhone whereas I can get down to the detail I want on my iPad.
- If your iPhone is slow loading the videos or images, most likely your iPad (depending on the generation) has a faster processor and you’ll find it doesn’t hang up as easily.
- I tend to use Snapchat for my more private conversations. As such, these aren’t often the conversations I’m having when I’m on a bus or in class, but when I’m at home. And maybe it’s just me, but I’ve got a real pet peeve about being glued to my phone when I have a superior machine (with a much more readable screen) right at my fingertips.
One of the major downsides is that when using the trick below you’re basically downloading the iPhone version of the app onto your iPad. That means you will notice it’s a smaller resolution than your iPad and will look a little small or pixelated. Thankfully, Snapchat is compatible with the new iPhone 6 Plus, which is a pretty large screen so you won’t notice much difference between that version if you have for instance an iPad Mini.
Request iPad Version of Snapchat
Of course, as I’ve made a big deal about up until now, there is no native Snapchat app for iPad. This is a workaround, which will always be a little more of a headache. There really isn’t any way around not having a stand alone iPad version of Snapchat unless the developers create one on their own. If you feel really strongly that Snapchat should create an iPad version than the best thing you can do is to message them and tell them what you really think.
I guarantee if they got thousands upon thousands of people saying they would use the app more if they created an iPad only version, then the company would feel it necessary to create one. Basically, we need to show them that there is a strong demand and an allegiance that wants an iPad version. When they deem it is in the company’s best interest, they will definitely create one. It’s just a matter of demonstrating sufficient market to justify the cost of production. Hey, this is exactly what was going on with Viber: that’s a Voice over Internet (VoIP) client which was phone-only for the longest time, but enough people made it clear that they wanted it for their iPads, and an iPad version has just recently come out. So these companies listen to us. Especially tech companies, which live or die based on how rapidly and well they can adapt to the current needs of the market.
Simply head over to the Snapchat feature request page and tell them why they should create a tablet version for its community.
How to Get Snapchat For iPad
Now, onto the real reason why you came to this page, to figure out the secret to download Snapchat for iPad. For this trick to work you will want to make sure you have an Apple App Store account with a credit card on file. This won’t actually charge you any money to get Snapchat but it is required that you have one on file before you download any apps.
Once you’ve done this, if you find that the size of the app is too small on your iPad, especially if you have the full retina display iPad, you can always tap the little 2x at the bottom right of the display. This will make each pixel of the app twice as big but not include any more pixels. Basically, it will make the app bigger but the screen resolution will decrease because of it. You can choose which option to go for depending on whether you prefer the images to be big or higher resolution.
The first option is if you have Snapchat on your iPhone already and you can basically use that to sync the app onto your iPad.
- Head over to your iPad and tap on the App Store to access all of the apps.
- You will notice at the bottom there is a button called Purchased, that means apps that you have previously downloaded on that App Store account. This even includes all of your devices and previous devices as long as you used the same App Store account.
- Basically, when you go to Purchased you will see all of the apps that you previously downloaded. You will notice at the top right it says iPad Apps.
- Tap where it says iPad apps and select iPhone apps instead. This will show all the apps you previously downloaded on your iPhone if you own one.
- Scroll down until you find Snapchat and tap the download button and you’re ready to start using the app.
The second option is if you either don’t own an iPhone or you haven’t previously downloaded the app onto your iPhone.
- Again, head over to the App Store on your iPad and make sure you login to your Apple ID account.
- It’s important now to go to tap on the Featured button at the bottom before you do a search. If you simply search from another tab it won’t work and for some reason there are different options that show up.
- After selecting the Featured tab, search in the top right bar for Snapchat.
- You won’t notice that Snapchat does not show up and this is because you are searching under iPad Only apps.
- Tap where it says iPad Only at the top left and select instead iPhone Only. This will show apps that are built for the screen resolution and to run on the iPhone. However, they run perfectly fine on the iPad just with a little lower resolution.
- You should now see Snapchat on the list and be able to tap the download button to get the app.
When Will Snapchat Come Out On iPad?
If you look at past companies that just started out with an option to download the app onto either your iPhone or Android but not iPad, you will notice a trend. Often times, it’s an app that is the sole app owned or developed by a company so often times a smaller company.
However, Snapchat recently had a $10 billion (edit: more recent valuations hold them at $16 billion) valuation bringing them into the big leagues. This is relevant because Snapchat is increasingly getting top notch investors that are investing millions of dollars into the company. With all of these investors, you get a lot of eyes on the product (and on that products numbers). Snapchat needs that valuation to continue to go up if it doesn’t want to start bleeding investors. (If this sounds familiar, this same phenomenon was handled in a Season 2 episode of Silicon Valley). Eventually, you will notice that they want a return on their investment, and once Snapchat has expanded and updated their current software as much as they can, not porting it over to another platform is just leaving money on the table. You can already see this happening with the development of SnapCash and the Snapchat Discovery feature that both bring in money for the company.
Investors are increasingly going to push Snapchat to develop an iPad version as this will increase the potential market for consumers. Basically the more users you have then the more potential options you have to bring in more revenue. This is just smart business and where the app will eventually move toward. So we can all be confident that we will eventually see Snapchat for iPad!
That wraps up this guide and hopefully gives you a good sense of your options and a potential trick to get the app. Let us know if it worked for you and if you have any other tips for readers out there. Also, share this post if you found it helpful and know any friends that would want to use Snapchat on their iPad as well.