Snap Chatting: 8 Tips and Tricks for Snapchat (iPhone)

Snapchat is a video messaging application that is quickly growing in popularity in Jamaica and beyond. As long as you know how phone cameras work, the app is pretty easy to use and should be most attractive for persons who enjoy taking selfies and capturing those special moments live. The mobile app is exciting to use particularly so for iPhone users on the unique experience that is iOS. With that said, we want to take that experience an inch further for you.

Many of you already know how to use Snapchat (or think you do) but we’re here to give you those secret tips we bet you didn’t know. Here are some tips and tricks that we believe should bring more fun to your Snapping experience.

Tips

More colours 

Believe it or not, there are more colours that can be used from the colour reel in your snaps. Take a snap and you will see a pencil icon in your top right corner, tap it and you will see a rainbow of colours available for your selection. What you will realize is that black and white are not exactly visible in the reel. If you place your finger in the rainbow of colours and drag it to the top left corner you will get white. If you drag your finger down and across you will get black. You can try to drag your finger elsewhere on the screen to see what new colours you can find. Not many have actually tried using black, grey or white doodles and if you are like me then you are tired of all the other colours; I sense an opportunity to be a trendsetter!

Here is an image from mplatco (makes snaps for GrubHub and NBCTheVoice) on how you find the two colours.SnapchatThis example aptly shows a tutorial on how to get dark red, black, grey and white colours to doodle with (mplatco, 2015)

Third party Snap-apps

One thing about Snapchat is that the snaps you take have to be sent or uploaded within the moment to get the desired effect from your following. This means you are unable to do more editing than what is allowed on the application (filters, doodling, text). However, third party applications have come to the rescue. There are applications such as Snap Upload and Upload’n’Roll that allows the user to take photos already in your camera roll and upload to Snapchat. These applications also come with custom filters for your pleasure.

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Travel-mode

There is no secret about Snapchat’s reputation for eating up our data usage. Of course, this is very disappointing since we always want to catch the most intriguing moments to share with our friends. With that said, there is a hidden setting called ‘Travel-mode’ on the application that regulates the loading of Snap stories every time you open the application on the go. First, open the application and on the home screen (you should see a view of the camera) tap the ghost at the very top. You should then see a gear at the top right corner. Tap the gear then tap ‘Manage’, from here you can switch the Travel-mode on.

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Using back and front camera during recording

The Android users will be very jealous about this one. Using the iPhone, you can take your Snapchat videos and switch between front and back cameras while recording. While recording the video an icon should appear on your screen to swap between front and back camera which gives the option to alternate camera views. Unlike Android users, now you don’t have to twist your wrist in various directions to catch what is front of the phone and behind.

Tricks

Using two filters at once

Only in recent Snapchat updates have Jamaicans had access to additional filters. With more filters available the next step would have been to achieve a double filter in one snap. The developers have now made that possible by simply swiping across your screen (to the left) to navigate through the various filters available. Once you have found the filter you prefer, press and hold the screen with one finger while using another finger to swipe (to the left or right) to choose your second filter. I know, you can finally take a snap of your unique surroundings using our Kingston filter and the black and white theme – that’s the first snap I tried!

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Hands-free recording

Many of us prefer to complete many tasks on Snapchat without holding the screen. Firstly, the developers allowed us to watch snaps without holding the screen. Now you can record all your snaps without touching the screen on the latest iPhone 6 iOS. Go into your phone Settings, tap General and then enter Accessibility then scroll down to Guided Access. You will need to set a passcode which can be any six-digit code. Then re-enter Snapchat app and hold the capture button to start recording, while recording triple tap the Home button after which it asks for your passcode. Hit ‘Cancel’ and you will be able to rest those fingers while recording your videos; tapping the screen will not end the recording, it will end on 10 seconds. Once this is activated, you will be able to record without touching your phone until you disable. To disable this feature, triple tap the Home button and enter your passcode.

Note: This trick may not work on the latest iPhone Operating System.

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Using multiple colours in text

This is a great way to customize your text for emphasis. Just tap on your just-taken snap to add text but tap on the capital T in the top right corner to enable special text. The text will instantly get bigger and you are now able to add colour to these words. Now you can use multiple colours for different parts of the text, whether it be different letters or words. After adding colour to all the text entered, tap and hold the entire text then select the area of the text you want to focus on. Choose the colour you want in that portion of the text and you’re good to go!

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Sometimes it’s not what you say, but how you present it!

Multiple lines of text on Snap

You can type much more on your snap than before – this is probably the most mind-blowing of all the tricks listed here. You can post numerous lines of text in your snap but you will need help from the iPhone notepad. Go into the notepad and press the enter button as much as you want then select (copy) all the space entered. Re-enter Snapchat and paste the empty spaces into the text area. This means you have a large area to type whatever you want. This also means you have defeated those who are attempting to restrict the things you say. #PowertothePeople

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Increasing the lines of text you can type into, automatically means more text.

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