Snapchat Basics

For many (millennials especially), Snapchat is the go-to app for messaging and photo sending. When you first get started with it, though, it can be a bit tricky to navigate.

In the screenshot above, you can see a picture in the Snapchat app ready to be edited for sending. If you don’t have a photo yet, simply press the shutter button (that big white circle toward the bottom middle) to snap a photo. Press and hold to record a short video.

The first thing we’ll do with our photo is add some text. Tap anywhere on the screen, and a gray bar will appear along with your on-screen keyboard. Type your text, and hit done. Once you hit done, the bar will move automatically to a place that seems logical to Snapchat. Don’t like it there? Press, hold, and drag it to a different place on the screen.

Tap the capital “T” in the upper right corner to make the text bigger (and by default, left-justified). Tap it again to keep it big but make it centered.

You can also then press and hold on the big text to move it around. Use your fingers in a spinning motion, and you can rotate it. Pinch to zoom, and you can make it bigger or smaller. Tap the text again, and a bar of colors appears to change the text color.

Tap the post-it note looking thing in the upper right corner, and a gallery of icons appears for you to add like smiley faces and clipart. Those little items can also be dragged around the screen.

Tap the pen icon in the upper right corner to free-hand draw on your photo.

When you’re ready to send, tap the blue arrow in the lower right corner. You can send it directly to individual friend(s), or you can add it to your story. Adding it to your story makes it visible by ALL of your friends for 24 hours.

Taking a selfie? Add a filter! When taking your picture, simply press and hold anywhere on the screen EXCEPT the shutter button (the white circle in the bottom middle). A menu of filters will appear. Swipe through them, and pick the one you like best!


Any other questions? Comment, and I’ll get them answered for you!

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