Top Snapchat Tricks That You Didn’t Know About

Need help with Snapchat? Look no further!

In this guide, we talk about some of the tricks and secrets of Snapchat that you need to know, ASAP!

To begin with, there are numerous aspects to this trending multimedia application: Chatting and calling Snapchat buddies, Calling, sharing of photos, the filters, and lenses that can be used, and not to mention Stories and its wonders!


The Snapcat secrets that it holds within, it is no shame to look them up if you are a newbie to the social media application. Snapchat, with all the tricks it has, has been on a steady rise through the ranks too.

By learning new Snapchat Tricks & Secrets, you will have an all-new experience of the platform which can change your daily usage of the application.

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Here is the list of crazy tricks and secrets in Snapchat, that can give you the best out of the application:

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1. Saving Snapchat Media (Videos/Photos/Stories).

Snapchat revolves around its ability to send and share media, such as photos and videos, edited with filters and lenses, or even text and colours.

With all the hype about sharing of media, one fact of Snapchat is that after a set amount of time, the picture or video disappears and cannot be viewed again, apart from a replay given.

Apps available on the iTunes Store, or on the Play Store, are an amazing way to fulfill your desire. In order to save media you wish to see again, there are a few tools that you can take help of:

1) SnapSave: An app that can help you download received Stories/Photos. It is available for iOS devices and available on the iTunes Store.

2) SnapBox: Another app that allows you to download Stories and photos. Available only on the iTunes Store for iOS devices.

3) Casper: An Android app available that can help you save Stories or Photos. It can also be downloaded from their website

4). SaveMySnaps: Available on the Play Store for Android devices, it allows you to save Stories and Photos from Snapchat. It can also be downloaded from their website

save snapchat to camera roll

But more than all of these apps, the most convenient is to just take a screenshot of the photo!
There may be many ways to download and save a photo, which you would prefer, but more than those complicating ways, just capture the screenshot of those moments!

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2. Video Motion! Make your videos go in any motion.

Videos are fast paced and a blink of an eye can miss the main plot of it! With this in thought, Snapchat introduced a feature where you can edit the speed of a video!
The three extra settings provided are to speed the video up, to slow it down, and to rewind it.

snapchat video filters

Aptly put, as basic as using a filter, the snail icon depicts slow motion, the rabbit for fast forwarding, and the backward arrow to rewind.
Simple and effective.

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3. How to stop ongoing video on Snapchat

You always wonder why people sometimes update quotes or words when the stories are been played for 3-4 sec. Or you haven’t read the quote or properly checked out the image and the story has ended.

It feels terrible but here is the solution, the trick is very small and you can use this trick in Instagram stories also, so whenever you play the story just hold your thumb or any finger on the screen, the story will eventually stop allowing you to easily watch the post.

4. You can restore old Snapchat lenses.

Back in September of 2015, Snapchat first introduced lenses! With this, videos and photos were amped up with funky cool designs, and it made the users find creative and funny ways to use it.

Due to bug issues, Lens store was closed in 2016.

Now, that did not hinder people from finding ways to have access to the old lenses again.

On iOS, Go to Settings > General > Date and Time, turn off “Set Automatically”
Set the date accordingly, and you will have access to the lenses again!

On Android, Go to Settings > Date and Time, Uncheck “Automatic Date and Time”
Set the date accordingly, and be as funky as you can with the lenses!

When you have used your fair share of these lenses, it is advised to go back to the settings and set the date and time to be automatic. This will prevent potential harm to other apps that may be affected.

snapchat old lenses tricks

5. Lens Explorer

Snapchat’s Lens Explorer allows you to discover and unlock thousands of lenses created by many Snapchat users using Lens Studio.

Ever since Snapchat launched Lens studio in 2017, Creators have submitted around 10,000 unique lenses that have been viewed over 2.5 billion times by Snapchatters.

To use this explorer, tap on the new icon when the lens carousel is running. Tap the lens tile to open a lens, and you will be taken to the snap camera, you can also browse for lenses in featured stories.

Lens Explorer

You can unlock a lens by swiping up on the snaps of these featured stories.

The lens explorer is not available for everyone as Snapchat announced that it is available to the iOS users and will soon be available to the Android users in the coming months.

6. You can add new friends without having their contacts.

You can add new friends on your Snapchat by searching for their Email address, Usernames. You can also invite people from Facebook and email.

But, if you have lost your friend’s contact, there is one more way you can connect with them on Snapchat. Snapchat provides another way to add your friends.

how to add new friends without having their contacts

“Add Nearby” is a feature that allows you to add friends or a group of friends by searching for them in nearby places. At times, this is very helpful!

To do this, go to “Add Friends”, then select “Add Nearby”!

That’s all there is to it!

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7. Access More Colours!

There are numerous colours within the color slider that are easily accessible. In order to use those which are not on the slider itself, drag your finger across the screen to different areas!

If you need to use black, press down on the colour slider and drag your finger to the bottom right corner of your screen!

If you need to use white, press down on the colour slider and drag your finger to the top right corner of your screen.

For other colours, drag your finger from the colour slider to the left across the screen. Then slide your finger to the bottom, and you’ll be able to select colors that are not present on the colour slider.

8. Double Filters!

It gets a little monotonous to choose from the limited number of filters Snapchat has to provide, doesn’t it? Well, did you know that you can use more than one filter at a time? Yes, that’s right. Snapchat allows the usage of two or more filters on the same snap.

How to Double Filters on snapchat

To do that, click your picture and swipe left, choose a filter of your choice. Then hold it down with one finger and swipe left again to find the second filter. Now you have two overlapping filters. Now your snap is all good to post!

9. Snap Map Explorer!

Ever Since Snapchat Released Snap map millions of users have been using it to catch up with their snap buddies.

This feature is a tour guide as to what’s happening on the snap map! To access this feature just tap on ‘New Updates’

These explore updates usually appear when your snap buddy is on a holiday, road trip, and more – like visiting a restaurant or a big music festival.

This feature includes updates only from those friends who share their location on Snap Map.

10. Resize & Edit Your Texts

When you want a specific way for your text to look, not only can you change the color, but you can also position, resize and angle your text to your liking!

If you wish for it to be on a single line, then you do not need to move it, but if not, then; you can click on the “T” Icon at the top of the screen. Click on the text you wish to change, to switch to text editing mode, and then you can resize it by pinching or expanding your fingers!

11. Travel Mode! Save Data While Using Snapchat

Snapchat is a multimedia mobile app. It is understandable that it will drain the battery faster than other social media apps. Luckily, there is a way to prevent this.

Travel Mode turned on in the settings will greatly help you in this!

How Travel Mode! Save Data While Using Snapchat

Not only will it conserve your data, but also your battery will not vanish as fast.
It will not load stories and photos you do not wish to see, and it greatly reduces the lag on live videos you record using Snapchat!

To turn this on, go to Settings> Additional Services> Manage > Toggle “Travel Mode” on.

Another point to be noted is that you can control the camera using the volume buttons of your phone!

To record videos, to hold the button for extended periods of time can be bothersome and annoying because it limits the way you can hold your phone and angle it.

Pressing the volume button instead can work just as well.

A quick tap on a photo, and holding any of the volume buttons to create and shoot your own video!

12. Increase Space for Text!

A 31-character limit is quite cumbersome to many people. Those who wish to write more, really have a hard time with this.

To get around this, go to your designated notes app on your phone, be it an Android or IOS.

On a blank Note, press enters a few times, to acquire a few lines worth of space. Copy this space, and paste it on Snapchat.

This trick will add a lot more space for text for those of you who need it!

13. Increase Emoji size!

Just like text, you can alter your emojis!

By pressing on the “T” symbol which is present on the Top of the screen, you can easily pinch and zoom into your emoji, to increase or decrease the size!

Not only can you do this, but can position and angle it too, to add to the creativity!snapchat Secrets

14. Friendship Profiles

Snapchat has introduced a new update where you have to tap on your friends Bitmoji to go to the friendship profile.

You will find the messages, images, videos, links, etc. that you and your friend have saved in the chat, all in the friendship profile.

This option allows you to save all those critical conversations, memories and essential information that you and your friend have shared.

Snapchat helps you celebrate your relationship with that person or a group in a very private manner.

friendship profile

This update is mostly for iOS users and is soon to be available for Android users.

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15. Switching Cameras!

While filming a video, you can easily switch between your front and rear cameras by double tapping on the screen. This will flip it over and continue recording what you wish to show!

16. Camera QR Codes!

While on Snapchat, if you see any QR code in front of you, you can scan it from the app itself!

How  Camera QR Codes Snapchat

Doing this, will link you to the respective site it was tagged to, and allows you to browse through the app itself!

17. Geofilter of your own 

In a recent update of Snapchat, it now allows you to create your own Geofilters right in the app itself!

In settings, under the heading “On-Demand GeoFilters” One can find it!

It allows you to pick from a list of preset occasions, Select a template and edit to customize using text, Bitmojis, and Snapchat’s Sticker library too!

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18. Voice or Video Calling!

From the app itself, while messaging a friend, you can click on the phone or video icon, which will then directly call that person.

This allows for direct voice calls or video calls, on a live basis, and saves the time of typing out long texts!

secrets of snapchat19. See who viewed your story!

Do you ever have the curiosity to see if the person who you wish would see it, viewed your snap story?

Well, thankfully, you can now!

Going to your own story, and pressing on the eye icon below will give you a list of all those who have viewed your story!

20. Mentioning a friend in your story!

Lately, Snapchat has introduced a lot of updates, including a “mention” feature that allows you to tag your friends in your stories.

To tag a friend all you have to do is use the ‘@’ before spelling out your friends Snapchat username and click on your friend profile.

Mentioning a friend in your story!

Your friend will be notified saying that they have been mentioned in your story.

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21. Finding Songs

Snapchat is becoming an all in one toolbox for every need you may have!

If you ever hear a song, and cannot make out the lyrics, or wish to know what it is immediate, there is a pre-integrated app within Snapchat! Shazam!

This immediately can help you recognize songs that you were unaware of before!

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22. Read Messages Without Marking Them!

Well, this one is a bit odd, since you may not be able to view the full message. If you ever are in a position where you wish to know what message you received but do not wish to let the other person know, then slowly drag the chat to the right, and view it as best as you can.

It is easy to make out words and the basic gist of the message, but won’t give away that you have!

It does not appear marked when you push it back to the left either.

23. Follow your favourite celebrity

Snapchat fever has also taken over all the celebrities, now they can easily share what they are doing, where they are going, what they are eating to their loyal fans.

Now you can easily follow your celebrity by searching their username or simply by name.

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24. Emoji Meanings!

While chatting with a friend, an emoji appears next to that person’s name. Each emoji has a separate meaning for itself.

Here is a given list of what all may show!
Snapchat emojis meanings

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25. Message Indicators!

While chatting with a friend, one of many icons may show on the left side of the person’s name.

These icons have their own distinct meaning, given below!

26. Saving Chats!

Snapchat is known for how messages get deleted after being viewed.

One feature of Snapchat is that it also allows you to save chats. While chatting with a friend, if you wish to save a message or a photo, you can press and hold the message. Doing this will alert you that the message is saved.

Not only you but also it will alert the person you are chatting with that the message is saved.

The next time you open the chat again, swiping up will show you the saved messages, which you can read again!

It comes in handy when hilarious jokes are made which you wish to remember!

27. Group Chats & Calling!

Snapchat, like everything in its arsenal, allows group chats too! With a deadly catch that they will disappear within 24 hours!

The group chat, created by adding more and more people, allows you to send stickers, messages, videos, snaps, change the name of the group and everything that can usually be done on other social media group sites! But like everything in Snapchat, this disappears with time!

The recent update of Snapchat allows up to 16 friends to make a video chat with each other at the same time. If you want to go above this limit, then up to 32 people can join a group voice call instead.

To use this feature, you have to join a group, start a group or enter your existing group, tap on the video icon to start a group video chat.

The members of the group will get a notification saying that you’ve invited them for a video call. Once the enter the video call you will get a notified stating that they have entered.

Group Chats & Calling!

You will also be able to use the filters and lenses that Snapchat offers: Like the puppy dog ears, vomiting rainbow mouth, etc.

28. Nicknames!

Of all things, the simplest to do on Snapchat is to give nicknames to your friends! Change their names by going to “My Friends”, Select the friend you wish to rename, and click on the settings icon that appears next to their name. Have fun!

Make funky, funny nicknames, and really enjoy yourself with this!

How Nicknames on Snapchat

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Frequently Asked Questions

When will my location be shared on the Snap Map?

Your location won’t be seen on the Snap map unless you choose to share it with your snap buddies. Your location will be shared with those people you choose to share with, and can only be updated if your Snapchat is open.

Will a friend get notified if I check their friend profile?

Your Friend won’t be notified if you check their friend profile, Although, They will know if you view their recent Explore activity or story.

Can I disable Snap Map?

You can’t disable you Snap map altogether once you set it up, By going into ghost mode you can hide from other Snapchatters.

How do I identify a song through Shazam?

You can Shazam a song on  Snapchat by Just pressing and holding the camera screen, if the song is recognized, a pop up will appear and if you tap on song summary, it will give you details about the song.


Like everything, Snapchat is an amazing multimedia app that gives you the best weapons to be crazy and have fun!

The more time you spend with it, the easier you will learn, and create more enjoyable content for you and your friends to snap and view!