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How to Use Snapchat

Snapchat is one of the leading social media platforms in the world. It is a messaging service that sends a picture or video clip that the recipient can see for up to 10 seconds. Then they can replay it or reply to it. If you are looking to create a Snapchat account and use it then read on to find out just how to use Snapchat.

Create a Snapchat Account

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  1. First things first, you need to download the Snapchat app from the app store.
  2. Once it is installed, launch Snapchat from your home screen.
  3. Tap sign up and enter your name and birthday.
  4. Select a username and password.
  5. It will then ask for your email and phone number. It will send a code to your phone to verify it is you and Snapchat is ready to use!

Find Your Friends

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Snapchat will then ask if you wish to find your friends, click continue. To do this, they will need access to your contacts, select okay. Add the friends you wish and then select continue.  You can send a request to your friends who don’t have Snapchat.

Take a Picture or Video

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To take a picture, click the large circle at the bottom of the screen. Click the button in the top right-hand corner to turn the camera around if you want the back facing camera on. Or click the one next to it to turn on flash. Then to take a video simply hold the large circle at the bottom the of the page and it will turn red so you know you're recording.

Use the Snapchat Filters or Text

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This is the fun part of Snapchat! Starting at the original screen, press and hold on top of your face. Underneath, a bunch of filters will pop up. Click on whichever you want and take a picture or video! I used the classic dog filter. You can also swipe left and add colored filters or words to your pictures. Click the center of the photo or video and type a message to your friends!

Send Your Snap

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After you take a snap, you will want to share it. Click the blue arrow that's in the bottom right-hand corner that says send to. A list of all your friends will come up. Click the ones you want to see your snap and press send. Or add to "My Story".

*** Anyone can see your story so be careful what you put on it!

Watch Snaps and Memories

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  • Click the blue Chat button at the bottom to see snaps you have been sent. Click on them to see them play.
  • Click the threepurple circles and then the world symbol to discover snaps from around the world.
  • Click on the tiny circle at the bottom to see any snaps you have saved.

Now you know how to use Snapchat. Go out and create some crazy snaps for all your friends to see!

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