Snapchat Complete Guide for Professionals

Hello and welcome to the complete guide on how to use Snapchat as a professional, most of us are already using this amazing app but there are lots of things you can still learn from this tutorials. for the sake of those still new to Snapchat, let’s get started from the beginning.

Snapchat has become of the most popular used and hottest mobile messaging apps, which you can use to send photos and videos to your friends, family and well-wishers without eating up your phone’s memory.

snapchat logo on a yellow background

But using the Snapchat app can get a little confusing at times, so in this post we are going to take a look at how you can use Snapchat like a professional, starting with the basics and walk our way up towards the popular features of the app, like Stories, Filters, Trophies and Lenses, etc.
Enough of the story lets dive in and learn the crazy things Snapchat has to offer.

1. DOWNLOAD AND SIGN UP

You can download and install Snapchat for free on Android and iOS devices. After downloading and installing from play store, you can now open it in your phone, which will give you an option to login if you have an existing account or create a new one.

In order for you to create an account, just tap the Sign Up button, and enter the required details, your email address, password and birthday, then click on sign up.

Signup

Walaaaa as easy as that you are done.
Then you will be taken to a different page where you will be asked for the verification process, you may be asked a similar question as shown below. Once you answer the question correct, you will be taken to the next step

Add Contact

2. ADD CONTACTS

The next step is to add your friends, you will see the find friends screen, this will help you find your friends already using Snapchats on their phone.

access your contacts

After taping the ok button, you will be able to see and add your friends already on Snapchat. You can find this page by just sampling swiping right or tapping on the three lines at the bottom right corner of your phone screen.
To add friends, you just tap the person’s icon with the plus sign on the top right corner, you can also find friends by using their username, to do this, you tap on the magnifying glass.

Add friends

3. SET PERSONAL PREFERENCES

manage your account

ADJUST YOUR SETTINGS

Before we start using the app fully, let us take a look at some the settings by tapping on the red square button located at the bottom-right corner of your screen.
This is also where you can edit and update your personal profile information, where you can choose who you want to send your snaps to and view your stories( we will talk more about this later). You can turn on or off you phone number so that friends can’t find you using your number.

ACTIVATE ADDITIONAL SERVICES

To activate other additional services, you have to tap on ‘manager’ it is located under additional services, you see lots of buttons as shown in the picture above.

Please note: To use features like filters and Our Story (which will be discussed in steps eight and nine respectively), the app requires to access your location, so by turning on the filters, you have given Snapchat the permission to access your location

4. CREATE SNAPS

How to Create Snap

Use camera
Your phone camera is automatically activated by Snapchat and it’s very easy to use. You can adjust the focus of your camera by just tapping anywhere on the screen.

To snap pictures, you just tap on the circle at the bottom of the screen, while to record you tap and hold the button. You van record videos to 10 seconds.

ADD A CAPTION

Now that you have Snap, you can now spice up the picture with captions. When your friends open the snap, the caption you used will be displayed in a bar on top of the picture or video. To add captions, just tap anywhere on the screen.

Draw on your snap

DRAW ON YOUR SNAP

You can doodle on your snaps with the pencil tool, which can be seen at the top-right corner. To select the colour you want, just adjust the slider. Then, use your finger to draw any shape you want on the photo. If you make a mistake, don’t worry. just tap the arrow (left of the pencil) to undo your mistake.

ADD A FILTER OR EFFECT

Can you as well add different hues or cool things like time or location to your snap? Make sure you’ve enabled the filter feature in your setting; swipe your finger left or right to preview each filter.

SET TIME LIMIT

Set time limit on your Snap

This is another cool stuff that allows you to choose how long you want your recipient to view your snap for — up to 10 seconds. To adjust the time limit, tap the stopwatch icon at the bottom-left corner.

SAVE YOUR IMAGES

To save your image or video before sending it, tap the downward-pointing arrow at the bottom of the screen. Snapchat must have access to your photo album in order to save an image.
Keep in mind that you cannot save a snap after you send it.

5. SEND YOUR SNAP

To send your already customised Snap, tap the arrow in the bottom right-hand corner. Your contact list will display, so you can select which of your friends you want to send it to. There is no limit as to how many people you can send a snap to — choose all the recipients you want, and hit send by tapping the arrow in the bottom-right corner.
Once your recipient has opened your snap, the triangle (for photos) or square (for videos) icon next to your friend’s name will not be filled in. A filled-in icon means your snap has been sent but hasn’t been open yet.

6. VIEW RECEIVED SNAPS

Your friends in your contacts can also send you snaps. For your to open and view these, you have to go to the camera screen, you will see a number located on the bottom left corner of the screen. This number usually shows the number of received snaps that you haven’t open yet.

If you tap on the number you see all your snapped, if you see a filled in the icon next to the username of your friends ID, it means that you haven’t opened it yet, but if it is just an empty square or triangle, it means that you have already viewed that Snap.

To view the Snap

View Snap

All you need to do is press and hold the Snap you want to view and make use you continue to press your finger on to view the Snap, because the moment you let go of it, the Snap will disappear
Press and hold the snap you want to look at.

Make sure you continue to hold your finger on the screen to view the snap. When you let go, the snap will disappear. As this happens, you see a timer on the top right corner of your screen, which will show you how long you can view the Snap, before it is completely gone forever.
(Unless you use the replay feature).

Note: if you screenshot a friend’s Snape (which is usually done the same way as you take the screenshot of anything on your phone), your friend will immediately receive a notification telling him or her, someone has screengrab his/her Snap. Isn’t that cool?

7. CREATE AND SEND STORIES

Just like the Snap explained above, stories can be photos and videos, the only difference is that stories can be posted to your feed, which can view by you and all your friends. The stories are simply used to show your friends what you’ve been doing on the last day. Stories, unlike Snap, can exist for 24 hours, there for it can be replayed as many times as you want.

To create a Story is as simple as taking a Snap, just take a photo or video, then simply tap the rectangle icon which has a plus sign located on the bottom part of your screen, then tap the Add to your Story Button. Immediately you do this, the video or photo will be added to your Story feeds, which will exit for 24 hours.

Create Story

Assuming you posted a story by mistake, this can be easily deleted by going to “My Friends” page, you see a gear icon, tap on it to your net story and tap on Delete one other way you can create a Story is to take the video or photo and proceed to the send to tap, then you see a circle to “My Story”. You can now either the option of which of your friends you want to receive your story individually.

8. VIEW SNAPCHAT STORIES

In order to view your friends Story, simply go to “My Friend” page, (select your username at the top to see your Stories. You can as well save it to your it to your phone’s photo gallery). Top on their usernames and a drop down menu will pop up showing you all their published Stories.

9. LIVE CHAT ON SNAPCHAT

live chat

This is another cool aspect of this app, you don’t only send texts, photos, videos and stories. You can actually have real-time live conversations.

To do this, simply visit your Snapchat inbox and swipe your finger to the right hand and side and tap on your friends name you to want to chat with.

To make any attachment of photos or video, tap on the yellow camera button. Immediately you leave the chat screen, all the conversation you had with you and your friend will be cleared, therefore leaving your memory free, but if you want to save your messages and conversation, you can just take screenshots of it or simply tap on the conversation to save it.

When you do that, the font style of your conversations will change and be highlighted in grey colour, which means that you have saved the conversation between you and your friend

LIVE VIDEO CHAT

Live Video

You can also have a cool video chat with your friends, but to achieve this you and your friend must tap and press your finger down on the camera at the same time and waaaaala you are now on live videos chat

10. VIEW YOUR SNAPCHAT SCORE

Score

You can also view your Snapchat score, this is just the total numb if Snap you have sent and received. To see this score, go to the page where all your receive snap is and tap “Snapchat” located at the top and your score will just appear. It will show you two numbers in the format of “sent/received”

Did I miss anything?

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