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5 Super Easy Snapchat Hacks To Make You Awesome

Are you still wondering if you should invest your time into learning and using Snapchat?

Two things.

Over 150 Million Daily users


They are prepping a massive IPO

Ok, now that we’ve cleared that up. If you need to learn the basics of using Snapchat, check out this Snapchat for Grownups post first.

Snapchat is the opposite of intuitive. It’s as if the creators tapped in to the need for the teenyboppers to feel cool by knowing how to do stuff that others don’t. You know, like when you were in high school and the cool kids knew about a party that everyone else didn’t, and you felt ridiculously cool when the grapevine brought that tidbit to your ears. And then you proceeded to feel your own coolness elevated when you told your own friends about it?

While companies spend millions on UI and have entire departments and firms dedicated to the art and science of perfecting the user experience on websites and apps, these guys decided that it’s better to just create cool stuff and let the users figure it out. And guess what? Their gamble has paid off, because here I am writing another article about how to use Snapchat.

Here are your Snapchat Hacks:

#1 Make Emojis Bigger

I love emojis, especially Bitmojis, which help me convey emotions with my own personality thrown in.

Snapchat Hacks - Emoji Size

How to do it

  1. Take your photo as usual.
  2. Tap on the stickers icon in the top right corner of the screen.
  3. Tap on the sticker you want to use.
  4. Drag the sticker/emoji to move it to where you want it on the photo.
  5. Pinch in to make the sticker smaller.
  6. Pinch out to make it larger
  7. Turn your fingers on the sticker to rotate it.

#2 Use 3D Stickers

Do you want to add an emoji to your video and have it follow something in the video, basically adding animation? Add 3D stickers.

Snapchat Hack - Add 3D Stickers to video
Image Credit: Snapchat

How to do it

  1. Record your video with either the front or rear camera.
  2. Tap on the sticker icon in the upper right-hand corner of your screen.
  3. Tap on the sticker you want to use.
  4. Adjust the size of your emoji as you learned previously, by pinching
  5. Tap and hold the sticker you just added. The video will pause
  6. Position your emoji on top of the thing you want it to follow and let go.

#3 Apply Multiple Filters to a Single Snap

Geofilters are a great way to spruce up your snap, but sometimes I want to use more than one per snap. You can add up to three filters per snap.

Filter #1
Snapchat Hack - Add Multiple Filters
Filter #2
Snapchat Hack - Add Multiple Filters
Filter #3

How to do it

  1. Take your photo as usual
  2. Swipe right or left to choose the first filter.
  3. Hold one finger on the screen
  4. Swipe with another finger to select an additional filter.
  5. Repeat if you want a third filter.

#4 Use Video Close-Ups

This is one of my favorite hacks that I just learned, even though it’s been around forever.

How to do it

  1. Record your video as usual
  2. While recording drag a separate finger upward along the screen to zoom in.
  3. To zoom out, drag your finger downward.

#5 Send a Snap from a Story

It actually too me a while to figure this one out. I ended up reading through Snapchat’s support articles to find it. Before this, I was actually uploading my snaps twice, crazy, I know.

Snapchat Hacks - send image from story
Image Credit: Snapchat

Now that you have some cool Snapchat tricks, you’re free to test them out and them pass the word on so you too can be a cool kid.

You’re welcome πŸ˜‰

One more thing. Don’t forget to add me and get snappin’.

70 Responses

  1. OMG, I soooo needed this. I know how to do the basics with snapchat but still feel like I’m missing put on some much. This is awesome, thanks for sharing! Γ°ΕΈΛœΒΓ°ΕΈΒ€β€”

  2. I don’t have Snapchat. Boo. I know, I know. You’re probably wondering what was I thinking? Lol. Your post has been very informative though. Snapchat sounds like tons of fun – lots of room there to get creative.

  3. Awesome snapchat hacks! I still very much prefer it than the ones in facebook and instagram. Snapchat is so much fun. Thanks for these tips!

  4. I’m always trying to figure out the best way to use SnapChat for my blog. These would be great ways to get a little more creative. Thanks for the tips. I’ll be using a couple of them today! πŸ™‚

  5. I got into Snapchat for a while, just before Instagram added their story function. Somehow, that killed my interest in Snapchat temporarily, although I also found myself uninterested in Insta-stories. The rest was nice, but I’ve been thinking recently of downloading the app again – and I might, just to try your video zoom trick.

  6. Wow! I had no idea Snapchat could do all this. I play around with it on occasion but feel like most of my snaps get very few views. Most of my views come from Insta Stories where my audience is. I know I should spend more time but there are so many hours in the day. These features definitely motive me!

  7. These are great tips. While I have had my SnapChat account for a while, I haven’t actually used it much, so I will keep these in mind as I start navigating it. Thanks

  8. I have snapchat but not really sure how to use it properly which my kids seem to find hilirious! Can’t wait to show then my new tricks and see there faces! Yes mum is cool πŸ™‚

  9. i love snapchat but i need to give it up and stop using it because of snapchat which I get more views and talk to followers more, i love snapchats hacks! save them for instagram after hehe

  10. I had no idea you could do most of these on snapchat! I barely use it because I just can’t bother to learn how to do x thing, but I might start using it again

  11. Wow! For me it still sounds so complicated and I can’t find the use of it. But then on the other hand, I need to start updating myself into the things that teens use because right now I am a mom of a baby, but in 13 years, I want to still be able to understand what is he talking about!

  12. I love snapchat and doing all the above stuff you mentioned. I am good at that, but have not yet made a Bitmojis and I may make one because I like yours it’s cute.

  13. Super good info! I had been wondering whether it was worth it or not! You definitely convinced me some! It’s super fun but also addictive! lol I have to watch out!

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