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Top 8 Hidden Features From Snapchat You Should Know

Snapchat Tricks: Top 8 Hidden FeaturesThese days, everyone wants to know Snapchat tricks to impress their friends, so we compiled a list of our top 8 tricks for you. Snapchat has caught on as one of the most popular messengers of all time, especially on iOS. iPhone users love to communicate visually. The “snaps” you use to send your friends cute or amusing images, with your own personal touch, delete themselves after a couple of seconds. Which could be described as the very appeal of Snapchat. Its essence is the perishable message, the humor of the moment.

Hint: Are you new to Snapchat? Check out our beginner’s guide to Snapchat.

How to use old Snapchat lenses

Snapchat has a habit of switching out the “lenses” in the app from time to time. Lenses are basically filters and effects which you can apply to your images, to make them look different or special. Some of them are so cool, we wouldn’t want to miss them. Thus we found out a trick that allows you to get back some of those expired and unavailable lenses quite easily.

Settings > General > Date & Time > Set Automatically

By manipulating the current date and time, we can trick Snapchat into making those older lenses available. Go to your “Settings” app on your iPhone, select “General” and then tap “Date & Time”. Uncheck the “Set Automatically” option and pick an older date, then go back to your Snapchat app. You should now be able to pick another lens.

how to change date and time on iPhone

Make sure to re-enable the automatic date and time settings, or you will end up in all sorts of confusing messes with regards to your calendar, reminders or other features.

Using two lenses / filters at once

Can’t decide on which Snapchat filter to use? You can actually combine two of your favorite filters by laying one finger onto the display after selecting the first one. Then, using a second finger, swipe left or right to overlay the next filter on top. This little tricks works in any combination!

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How to protect your Snapchat account

Aside from using a long and complex password, you should probably make sure that no-one else breaks into your Snapchat account by taking additional safety measures.

Snapchat > Settings > Login Verification

Tap the little ghost at the top of your Snapchat app to access the main menu. Then tap “Login Verification” to set up another layer of security using the two-step-verification. Setting up Snapchat on another device will require a verification code that is sent to your number via SMS.

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How to change the name of a Snapchat contact

Snapchat > Chat > Edit Name

The names of your Snapchat contacts are actually editable. This comes in handy when you want to apply a certain nickname to a contact for clarity purposes. Go to your chat view and tap the menu button at the top left of the screen. Then tap “Edit name” to change the display name of the respective contact.

How to add more text to a Snapchat

Snapchat is relatively restrictive when it comes to adding text to your snaps. You might want to add more text than you can fit on an image, what now? Well, using our little trick you’ll be able to add multiple, extra lines of text to a snap and indulge to your heart’s delight, or until the space runs out.

Simply open up the “Notes” app on your iPhone and create a new note. Add a couple of line breaks. Then double tap or tap and hold to select the empty line breaks, copy them to your clipboard for later use. Return to Snapchat and add some text onto an image. Now double tap and select “Insert” to place your line breaks in the text field. Rinse and repeat as needed. This method allows you to circumvent Snapchat’s limitation with regards to text.

adding more text to a snapchat snap

How to reduce Snapchat data usage

Snapchat > Settings > Manage > Travel Mode

Here’s how to reduce Snapchat’s data usage while you are out and about. By default, Snapchat fetches the snaps of your friends even while you are not using the app, causing mobile traffic that counts towards your data allowance.

To disable this behavior, go to your Snapchat settings menu by tapping the little ghost icon, then tap “Manage” and finally enable “Travel Mode”. This will make sure that images are only loaded when requested by you, the user.

how to enable travel mode in snapchat

How to add friends nearby to your Snapchat

To quickly add new people to your Snapchat friend list, you can use the location services of your iPhone. Use the “Add Nearby” feature in the “Add Friends” screen and you should be able to add anyone nearby, even if you don’t own his or her contact information. This is a great option to hook up with new people in a fun and quick way!


How to add color to your Snapchats

How about some extra color? You can add extra color or effects to your Snapchats by getting creative with Emoji.

Add a new emoticon by tapping the icon that is shaped like a piece of paper in the top row. Then resize your emoji using the pinch to zoom gesture until they are really, really huge. Move them (using a single finger) to the sides of your image and voila, there goes your fancy color filter. Pretty cool, right?

how to add color to your snapchats

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