Snapchat logoSnapchat: Apple / Android

One photo sharing app that’s gained a lot of traction recently is Snapchat. The biggest pro for basic use of this app is the fact that not only do you get to control who you send the photo to, you also can control how long they see the photo (current time length is between 1-10 seconds). After the recipient views the photo it disappears from the screen, unless they take a screenshot, and is deleted from the Snapchat servers – a big plus if privacy is paramount for sharing. Along with this is the capability to add captions, draw on the photos, and capture videos.

Getting started

  1. Go to the link above and download the app.
  2. Open the app and tap Sign Up.
  3. Enter your e-mail address, password, and birthday.
  4. Select a username. (Keep in mind you can’t change this later)
  5. Add friends who are already on Snapchat.
  6. And you’re ready to go!

Here are some screenshots to get you started using Snapchat.

Before you start sending photos, you’re going to need to add some friends. Here’s a screenshot showing how to do this (click to make it larger):

Snapchat Friends Screen

If you’re ready to take a photo, here’s what the photo screen looks like (click to make it larger):

Snapchat Photo Screen

After you take a picture, you can edit it and then send it off. Here’s a screenshot showing this (click to make it larger):

Snapchat edit and send

You’ll need to check Snapchat to see if you have any messages from friends. Here’s how to navigate this in the app (click to make it larger):

Snapchat Messages

For more information on using Snapchat, watch this video – How to Use Snapchat:

Libraries & Snapchat

When it comes to libraries and Snapchat, some libraries are using it for marketing. Here are a couple articles you might be interested in:

More information

With the popularity of Snapchat there are now apps being created that can interact with it. So after you’ve mastered Snapchat, you may be interested in checking out these apps:

snaproll iconSnapRoll: Apple only

SnapRoll allows you to load and use pics and video clips you’ve saved in your gallery.

snapbox iconSnapBox: Apple only

SnapBox allows you to save your Snapchats and screenshots.

SnapCaptureSnapCapture: Android only

With SnapCapture it just takes one click to save all the unopened snapchats in your inbox permanently on your device.

SnapChat Save PicsSnapChat Save Pics: Android only

SnapChat Save Pics is a SnapChat client that lets you view snaps without the sender knowing. You can also save all your snaps to the gallery.

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