9 Snapchat Features You Probably Weren't Aware Of

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Let’s face the facts: social media rules the digital world.


But while Twitter is great for broadcasting news, Instagram is all about carefully curated moments, and Facebook has been invaded by our parents, more and more people turn to Snapchat.


One of the things that makes Snapchat such a popular platform among teens and young adults is its spontaneity and playfulness. Just think about the last face swap selfie you took with your little niece and the fun you had seeing the results.


But, since your friends have only a limited period to laugh at your silly pictures and spontaneous moments, you need to make them count. Sure, turning yourself into a scary rabbit or swapping faces is fun, but there’s more to Snapchat than just that.


In this article, we’re going to talk about nine features that will take your Snapchat game to the next level.

Let’s dive right in!


1. Taking a Screenshot Without Someone Knowing

Snapchat has a screenshot alert feature that makes many people crazy. But, as with all things forbidden, there are a few tricks around this policy.


One such simple hack is to use your phone in airplane mode. So, next time you receive a message on Snapchat that you want to keep for longer than a few seconds, turn the airplane mode on and take a screenshot of the image. Then, close the application and restore your phone to its normal functions. The sender will have no idea that you’ve just captured his or her message.  


2. Video Calls

Snapchat-video-callStarting with version (released in March 2016) Snapchat introduced Chat 2.0, a feature that allows you to use the social media platform as a fully-fledged video chat service. Keep in mind though, that you can't have multiple caller conversations with different users.


The feature is pretty straightforward, and all you have to do is tap the video button to start a video call with one of your followers. 


It doesn’t matter if they’re using the app at that moment or not because Snapchat will notify them either way.


Whenever you make a Snapchat call, the recipient can choose from different options:

  • Watch means they can see your video, but you won't see theirs.
  • Join makes it a two-way call.
  • They can also choose to ignore you, in which case you will receive a Busy message.

If you double tap the screen during a call, you will switch cameras. You can also use the Camera Swap button to make the call more interesting.



3. Hidden Filters

One of the things that make Snapchat such a popular social media platform is the array of fun filters and lenses you can use. But, what most people don’t know is that there’s an entire list of hidden ones. How do you find them? 

That’s rather easy.


The first step you need to take is to look for Snapcodes. For example, Game of Thrones tweeted at some point a Snapcode for a limited lens that turned you into a white walker. 



Then, you just need to open the Snapchat app to scan the Snapcode and unlock the filter. You will receive a message, such as "New lens found!" or "New filter." Tap on "Unlock" or a variation of this phrase to use the filter. Have fun with it!


4. Adding Your Bitmoji to a Snap

Snapchat BitmajiSince the two apps are now integrated, you can use your Bitmoji to breathe new (and silly) life to any background. All you have to do is press and hold the camera screen to get the Lens carousel. 


You can easily tell which lenses work with Bitmoji because they show an object, such as a butterfly, coffee cup, etc. and not a face. Tap the Lens and watch your Bitmoji do all sorts of tricks in a 3D scene. Also, you can edit your Bitmoji on the spot from the upper left corner.  


5. Change an Object's Color

Snapchat-change-colourHere’s a simple hack you probably didn’t know about. Tap the scissors button, then select the paintbrush icon. 


Choose the color you like from the menu and apply it to an object of your choice. Sit back and relax while your hair changes to pink or your car to Ferrari red.


6. Add a Background


Picture this: you’ve just taken a selfie, and it looks amazing. The light is perfect, and it highlights your best features. The background, however, doesn’t really fit the vibe of the photo.


No problem!


Tap on the scissors tool and then select the square icon from the drop-down menu. Once you select the icon, you will be presented with a wide range of backgrounds. Pick the one you like and trace the area or the object that you want to bring forward.


Beware that the outlining process may take a while, but the effects are significant. 


Note: You also need to have the latest Snapchat version for this feature to work.


7. Create and Use a Geo-Filter

Snapchat-geo-filterAs of February last year, Snapchat introduced a new feature that allows users to create custom geofilters. In other words, if you want to create a custom filter for a special occasion, you can do it by using the app rather than going to a web design studio or hiring someone to create it.


You can find the new feature in your menu labeled as On-Demand Geo-filters. It allows you to pick from a list of preset occasions and edit them to make it fit your vision. You can also specify the time and location where you want your filter to be available before submitting the design for Snapchat’s approval.


If you can't decide which filter you like best, there is an option to add two at a time. Once you've applied the first filter, hold the screen with one finger and then swipe, left or right, to find the other one you’ve picked.


8. Erase Elements in a Photo

Snapchat-add-a-backgroundWith its latest update, Snapchat brought a Photoshop effect to the table. We’re talking about the magic erasers. Use this tool to remove unwanted items (or people!) from your snap.


Tap the scissors button and choose the stars icon from the drop-down menu. Move your finger over the part of the photo you want to erase. 


The image will be gone sooner than you can say Good-bye. You can replace that object with an emoji or sticker.


9.  Voice and Speed Changers

Yes, Snapchat allows you to change the pitch and speed of your voice.


Here’s how:


  • Snapchat Lenses: After you open the app, double tap to activate the front-facing camera. Place yourself in a well-lit area and make sure that your entire face is visible to the camera. Activate the lenses – keep in mind that they may differ from one try to another, as Snapchat changes them regularly. You should find an option that reads Voice Changer. Record a video, making sure that you speak into the camera. Otherwise, the effect won't modify your voice.
  • Speed Modifiers: After you have finished the recording (following the same steps described above), swipe right or left to discover several filters that change the speed of your video. Their names speak for themselves: Snail plays the video in slow motion, while Rabbit uses a faster rate.



There’s no denying it: Snapchat is incredibly fun. 


But, if you want to take your game to the next level, then you should look beyond the basic filters and lenses. 


Use the hacks above to make each snap count. Play around with the app, and you will certainly discover more hidden treasures!