10 brilliant tricks to make you a Snapchat power user


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Think you know Snapchat inside and out? Think again.

With so many frequent updates, Snapchat’s now more feature-packed than ever before. And candidly, who the heck can even keep up with them all?

Not to fret! Whether you consider yourself a power consumer or not, here are 10 tips to help take your Snapchat game to the next level.

1. Create Snapcode from any website

Snapcodes aren’t just for adding your best friend anymore. You can create your own Snapcodes for any website and discuss the matter online for other Snapchat users to scan, or if you’re actually nuts for them, you can publish them up and include them on, say, flyers.

Go to Settings> Snapcodes> Create Snapcode. Enter a URL( e.g. mashable.com) and tap Create. You can also spiff up the code with an image of your option by tapping on the code itself.

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( And just in case you were wondering, because you were definitely pondering yes, it works for NSFW websites .)

2. Send money to friends

All the cool children use Venmo to send and receive money, but you can actually send money over Snapchat utilizing “Snapcash“.

Go to Settings> Snapcash. Sign up for Snapcash and then add a debit card.

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To send money to a friend, simply character in the amount you’d like to send into a message and confirm.

3. Create your own stickers

Tired of using the same emoji and pre-loaded stickers in Snapchat? Get creative and induce your own!

First, take a photo or video. Then tap the scissors icon and color in the portion that you want to convert into a tradition sticker( Snapchat typically does a good job cutting out objects ).

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Custom stickers are automatically saved to in the app and you can access them at any time by tapping on the stickers icon.

4. Send group messages

Sending group messages runs basically the same as sending private messages to a single person.

To create a group chat, start up a new chat like you ordinarily would, add the friends you want( up to 16 ), then give the group a name.

Messages mailed in the working group chat disappear after 24 hours. If you leave the group, though, all of your messages get deleted right off. You can our complete guide on Snapchat group chats here.

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5. Create your own geofilter

Discovering new geofilters when you’re out and about is always fun, especially when they’re time-sensitive ones.

But like generating tradition stickers, you can also create custom geofilters for your own events( i.e. birthdays, parties, etc .).

There are several ways to go about stimulating your own geofilters. Run to Snapchat’s On-Demand Geofilter website and then either upload your own designing( you’ll need to know how to use Photoshop or Illustrator) or use one of Snapchat’s own geofilter templates( the easiest way to moves ).

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Custom geofilters start at$ 5 and increase in price as your geofence gets larger, and Snapchat needs to approve the design( unclean designings will likely be rejected ).

You can also use an app like Confetti to make geofilters, but it’ll cost you $10 to save the design and submit the geofilter to Snapchat yourself, or $15 to save the filter and auto-submit to Snapchat for approving these are expenses on top of the geofence price.

6. Make voice or video calls

Most Snapchatters send text messages and photos and videos to each other, but you can also make voice and video bellows, too.

To call a BFF, tap the phone icon on the chat screen, and to make a video bellow tap the video camera icon.

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Pressing and holding the phone icon starts recording a short voice note. The same applies for sending short video notes. Voice and video notes can be up to 30 seconds long.

7. Zoom with one hand

Nothing’s worse than needing to use two hands to perform a single action.

If you don’t already know, Snapchat added single-hand zoom in May 2016. With this gesture, you can zoom in merely by dragging your finger up and away from the capture button.

Things get pretty blurry and shaky, but you can always tap to focus again with another finger.

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8. Add emoji stickers that move with your video

Static emoji and stickers are enduring. Build them more interesting by making them move with motion.

Shoot a video as you ordinarily would and then opt a sticker or emoji. But instead of merely placing the sticker/ emoji on the screen, press and hold down on it and then pin it to a part of the video that’s moving, like so 😛 TAGEND

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9. Swap faces with someone

Forget the flower crown or the puppy lens filters. Face swap is where the weird happens.

With this feature you can swap your is confronted with another person’s utilizing photos from your camera roll.

To swap faces, fire open the Snapchat camera, then press and hold on your face to load up lenses. Then, scroll to the last lens to swap faces. Select a face to swap and voila! you’re now like Nicholas Cage and John Travolta in Face/ Off .

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10. Link your Bitmoji account

Want to send Bitmoji in messages and place them in your snaps? It’s super easy to do so.

Go to Settings> Bitmoji> and then either connect your Bitmoji account( if you already downloaded the app) or create a Bitmoji account( you’ll be redirected to download the app ).

The next time you send a message or create a snap, you’ll find Bitmoji stickers under the stickers icon.

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