50+ Hidden Snapchat Tips & Tricks in 2024

How to take a Snapchat screenshot without being notified? What are friend’s emojis in Snapchat? How do I get every trophy on Snapchat? How to write blank on iPhone? Look no further: we have gathered all the Snapchat Tips & Tricks here. If you’re just getting started, you should read this guide first: getting started on Snapchat. Happy Snapping!

Access the beta version of Snapchat

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Do you use Snapchat on an Android device? The good news is that you can join the beta version to get the new Snapchat features first. To access the beta version on Android, click on this link:


You may need to uninstall your old Snapchat and then reinstall Snapchat for the beta to work. Then go to the Snapchat settings to activate or deactivate the beta version.

Take a screenshot on Snapchat

Before Taking a screenshot on Snapchat was complicated. Now it’s very simple:

  • On Android: press Power and Volume Down simultaneously (keep pressed) or pull down the top slider and click Screenshot
  • On iOS: simultaneously press Power and the Home button

The Snapchat screenshot is now saved to your photo gallery. Remember that the sender of the snap is notified instantly when you take a screenshot!

Take a Snapchat screenshot without notification

Do you have something to hide? Want to take a Snapchat screenshot but don’t want whoever uploaded the snap to see you took a screenshot? It takes a lot of steps, but possible:

  • Open Snapchat for the snap to load
  • Switch to airplane mode (mobile data and Wi-Fi disabled)
  • Open the snap and take a screenshot
  • Log out and close Snapchat
  • Turn off airplane mode

Please note: if you forget a step in this, the sender will receive a notification. Take a test with your friend before trying this method to make a screen without getting caught

Icons on Snapchat (arrow, square, double-arrow, and more.)

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Next to the nicknames of your Snapchat friends, various icons will be displayed:

Here is the meaning of every icon colors on Snapchat  Messages:

  • Blue color: it is a chat
  • Purple color: it is a video snap with sound
  • Pink color: it is a photo or video snap without sound

The shape of the icons also has a meaning:

  • Full arrow in Snapchat: snap/chat sent
  • Hollow arrow in Snapchat: snap/chat read by your friend
  • Solid square in Snapchat: snap/chat received
  • Hollow square in Snapchat: snap/chat read
  • Double arrow in Snapchat: snap / captured cat (screenshot)
  • Arrow in a circle icon in Snapchat: snap replayed

The solid purple square means that you have received a snap with Audio (at least one of the snaps received contains Audio). There are also two special symbols in Snapchat: the green arrow icon (Your friend has received money) and a gray square icon (the chat or snap has been expired).

Find who viewed your Snapchat story

For Snapchat stories, just tap on your story, you will see several people will appear. This is the number of people who have viewed your story. Press this number to know the nicknames of the people who have seen your Snapchat story.

Friends list emojis on Snapchat

On Snapchat, on the right of your friend’s nickname, you can see different emojis like (yellow heart, red or double pink heart, emoji with red cheeks, etc.).

Click here for the full list of friend emojis (and their meanings)

Customize Your friends emojis on Snapchat

If you don’t like your friend’s emojis? You cannot remove them, but you can change them as per your wish. To do this, go to the application settings in Snapchat: an option that allows you to discover the meaning of emojis. You just have to tap on the emoji of your choice to personalize it as per your wish: thus, you can replace the Snapchat red heart icon (BFF) with a pizza… It’s up to you

Add your birthday to Snapchat

It is possible to add your birthday to Snapchat, from the settings. The benefit of adding your birthday to Snapchat is your friends will able to know when it’s your birthday because a cupcake icon will be displayed next to your nickname in the friend’s list on your birthday. They will then be able to wish you a happy birthday (but your age remains hidden)

Trophies on Snapchat

From the main screen camera, tap the ghost icon at the top then the trophy icon (also top) to access the Trophy Box. The app explains that “the more you explore Snapchat, the more chances you have of obtaining various trophies” (having a verified phone number, take screenshots of several snaps, etc.).

Block someone on Snapchat

To block anyone on Snapchat, you have several options to explore:

  • Block from the chat:  open the conversation screen, tap the menu icon and choose block or delete
  • Block from the friend’s list: tap on their name and choose the block option
  • Block from the list of people who added you: Swipe the contact name to the left to go to the block and remove.

To unblock anyone on Snapchat, go to the app settings, then Account Actions. You will see the list of blocked people by you and you will be able to unblock them. A blocked person cannot send anything to you, nor see your story or even your Name.

Memories in Snapchat

With Memories, you can save any of your snaps and resend them later. You can also send snaps from photos on your phone and add old snaps to your story.

Use special effects on Snapchat (lens)

The popularity of Snapchat is in part due to Various Filters. To use these Snapchat filter effects, you must:

  • Be in camera mode
  • Click the smile on the right side.
  • Now swipe for various filters

All the available special effects are displayed at the bottom of your screen, you can swipe from one to another one to view them. Sometimes you will need to open your mouth or raise your eyebrows to start the animation. You can take a single capture (image) by pressing the button provided or take a video by long-pressing that button.

Create your own lens on Snapchat

You can draw anything on a snap with the brush. The next time you use this filter, your creation (more or less successful) will be available again without getting erased. Snapchat automatically saves every design of this custom filter.

The filter’s battery, speed, temperature, time …

Snapchat also offers real-life data-related filters. Just swipe to the side when a photo or video is taken and just before sending it. A special filter will be offered when your mobile battery is greater than 90% or less than 10%. You can also view the time, temperature, and speed on the Snapchat app. You should not use this feature while driving a car or bike.

If you do not have access to any of these filters, check in the settings that this option is activated or not and that your Snapchat account has permission to access this data.

Use two filters simultaneously on Snapchat

In Snapchat, It is possible to apply two filters to a snap before sending it. To do this, select the first filter. Then Place a finger on the screen (to hold it) and swipe sideways with another finger to cycle through the other filters. You can create combinations with any type of filter: simple, temperature, geofilter, speed, battery, etc.

Change camera on Snapchat

On Snapchat, you can easily switch from the front camera to the Back camera of your phone. Two solutions are available to you:

  • Press the rotation icon at the top right (a small circle and two arrows)
  • Double-tap the screen

How to Add more text on a snap

To add more text on a snap, you can add up to 80 letters (33 previously). If you want more? Just go to another app, write your text (you can even skip lines or add emojis), copy it, come back to Snapchat and paste it. Thus, you will no longer be constrained by the text limit on Snapchat.

Write big text on Snapchat

You can also write larger/Big text on Snapchat, by double-tapping the Text icon. This method allows you to choose the color of the text, and you can pinch the text to make it smaller or larger. You can also tilt it by moving your fingers.

Write in italics or bold in Snapchat

You can, recently, write in italics, bold, or underline a text on Snapchat. Just select the text to format for these options to appear.

Use fewer amount data on Snapchat (data)

To use less amount of data Snapchat, you can activate a dedicated option in the app settings (travel mode, in additional options). This option minimize the data used by Snapchat: the app will stop loading the snaps in the background, you will have to press a snap to load it

Activate geo-filters in Snapchat (geofilters)

You do not have access to geolocated filters? First, check the options of your smartphone if the location is activated. Next, go to settings and then tap on More Options. Check that the first box (filters) is checked to have access to geolocated filters and weathers

Activate Dark mode on Snapchat

In the “App Appearance” menu on your phone Settings, Select “Always Dark” to enable Snapchat’s dark mode in your smartphone. The same method works on iPhone’s settings, so if your iPhone changes between light mode and dark mode automatically throughout the day, Snapchat also will change according to it.

Activate front flash on Snapchat

Another tip to improve the quality of your front cam photos: simply activate the “front flash”, in front camera mode, by pressing the lightning bolt located at the top left of your screen. The screen will light up white when you take the selfie so you can be seen, even in dark places

The hidden colors of the pencil on Snapchat

The Snapchat pencil palette lets you write or draw in any color. If you have an Android device, you can directly select a black and white color. On an IOS device, you need to tap on the brush icon and swipe your finger up or down to access white/black. On Android as on iOS, you access hidden colors by keeping the color palette pressed. Those who use Android are the luckiest, they can also use semi-transparent colors on Snapchat!

Enlarge emojis on Snapchat

To enlarge an emoji or a sticker on your Snapchat, it’s simple, pinch your fingers, tap on the emoji of your choice, and then enlarge it as if you were zooming. You can also tilt an emoji by rotating your fingers on the screen.

Add emojis to Snapchat videos

Emojis aren’t just for Snapchat photos. You can also add emojis to videos. And the app is well done. just add an emoji next to a moving object in a Snapchat video for the emoji (or sticker) to follow that moving object!

Apply a colored filter in Snapchat

On Snapchat, you cannot directly apply any colored filter (red, blue, green, yellow…). You have to be cunning to apply a colored filter in Snapchat, by adding the emoji of your choice (red heart or yellow…). Make it bigger enough to give the impression of a colored filter

Using Bitmoji stickers on Snapchat 

You can link your Bitmoji account with your Snapchat account. This trick allows you to create and use emojis in your image on Snapchat!

Use the Volume buttons on Snapchat

On Snapchat, you can use the two volume buttons on side of your mobile (up and down) to control the camera. To take a pic, short press one of the volume buttons. To take a video, long press one of the volume buttons.

Slow down or speed up a video snap in Snapchat

Effects in Snapchat aren’t just for snaps. Your videos can speed up or slowed down, and even rewind on Snapchat. You just need to swipe right or left to slow motion, fast forward, or rewind your snap.

Send a phone photo (gallery) in a snap

On Snapchat you can send any photos on gallery via chat, you can send a photo on your phone! Just press the icon on the far right to select a phone photo.

Send a snap to a friend who doesn’t have Snapchat

Want to send a snap to your friend, but your friend is not using Snapchat? You can send it with your friend’s phone number. When you are on the page for selecting recipients, scroll down to reach “Address book contacts”. Your friend will receive an SMS with a link allowing him to access your snap. However, he will have to install the Snapchat application to see it and respond to you. If your friend installs Snapchat with your SMS, they will automatically be added to your friend’s list.

Replay a snap

You can do one snap replay per day. Just long-press on the snap you just saw to view it again. But beware: you cannot replay more than one snap per day! If your friend has just sent you several Snaps, you need to tap on their name and swipe right to access the chats. You will then access the list of all the snaps sent to you, and you can review one of your choices.

Remove a snap from your story

To remove a snap from your story on Snapchat, click the three dots to the right of your story, select the snap that you want to delete, and remove it. You can’t delete every story at once: you must delete each one individually.

Skip a story on Snapchat

If the story you are watching is boring, you can move on to the next one with a simple swipe to the side. Swipe down to exit the story.

Respond to a story on Snapchat

You can also reply to the story. When viewing your friend’s story, swipe up to access the chat without leaving the story.

Save your story in Snapchat

You can save your story on Snapchat. Go to the page that lists all the stories of your friends. The first story is “your story”. Press the three small dots to access the menu, and press the icon with the arrow to save the story. If you are using the beta version of Snapchat on Android you can automatically save your stories!

Contribute to a live story in Snapchat

Snapchat regularly produces live stories so that users can experience an event live from the inside. The app then selects snapshots of people participating in the event. If you are in a location with a live story, you can send your snap to your friends, add it to your story, and contribute to the live story. But Snapchat must accept your contribution. Remember that live stories can be seen by all Snapchat users before submitting your snap!

Explore a story On Snapchat

You can “explore” some stories on Snapchat. When possible, it is written “Explore” at the bottom of your screen. Swipe up to go further to Explore stories. This feature is particularly used during any events such as matches. you can discover an event from several points of view by exploring certain stories.

Discover Page in Snapchat, how does it work?

On the Snapchat app, you access editorialized content on Discover. Many media publish content on Discover Page on Snapchat. If you are interested in a snap, you can swipe up to access their content. You can also subscribe to any channel on the Discover page for easier access. Similarly like stories, you can easily jump to the next snap by swiping left, while a swipe up exits to Discover channel on Snapchat.

Snapchat and their privacy: 4 must things to know 

Prohibited content: you do not have any rights to send certain snaps on Snapchat.

  • Pornography, Nudity is prohibited in Stories on Snapchat
  • you cannot send Adult content snaps to minors on Snapchat
  • you must not take a snap of someone without their permission
  • you must not threaten or intimidate anyone
  • you must not pretend to be someone else.
  • If you don’t follow these rules, your account may be deleted!

Screenshot: In earlier stages, it was not easy to Screenshot a snap because you had to keep your finger on the screen. Today it’s easier and even authorized to Screenshot in Snapchat. You will receive a notification if your friend takes a screenshot of your snap. But do not forget there are ways to take a screenshot of a snap without warning the recipient to exist (via dedicated apps, jailbroken phones, or simply with a camera or another mobile camera).

Stickers and emojis: Never hide any part of your body with an emoji or a sticker (or other content that you do not want to show). Snapchat is fighting against the use of its app on jailbroken phones, there are ways to remove emojis and stickers from your photos. So be careful!

Automatic snaps removal: Snaps are deleted from Snapchat servers as soon as they are viewed by the receiver. Chats are deleted from Snapchat servers as soon as they are seen by the receiver. Story content is automatically deleted from Snapchat servers after 24 hours. However, snaps sent to a live story can be kept.

Clear all Snapchat conversations

You can easily delete every conversation on Snapchat. Go to the app settings, and scroll to the bottom. You can then delete the messages exchanged with all your Snapchat friends or a  specific Snapchat friend

Create your own geolocated filter on Snapchat (geofilter)

To create a geolocated filter, go to  snapchat.com/geofilters. Snapchat differentiates between two types of geolocated filters:

  • Snapchat filters created by individuals or the community: you can create a filter for a university, a city, or any public place. It’s free, but logos are prohibited.
  • Filters created by brands or for any special occasion: as a business, you can create a geofilter and ask Snapchat for approval. There is a charge, logos are allowed. Individuals also can create special filters for any events such as weddings

Regarding the specifics of geolocated filters that everyone must be aware that:

  • They must be optimized for the web (use Photoshop’s “Save for web” option), transparent, in PNG-24.
  • They must be 1080 pixels width, 1920 pixels height (full-HD smartphone)
  • They must be less than 300 KB in size.

For each filter, you must upload your device model and indicate the area concerned. Filters will not be available everywhere, but only in the indicated area.

Access the statistics of your geolocated filter

Companies can know about the statistics of their geolocated filter on Snapchat. They must connect to the dedicated platform, geofilters.snapchat.com/purchase/upload-asset, select the geofilter, and scroll to access the statistics.

Make your stories public on Snapchat

By default, only your Snapchat friends can access your stories. But if you want everyone to see your Snapchat stories, you can unlock this option on your stories in the Snapchat app settings (Who can see My story option). There, you can also choose who can add you as a friend on Snapchat. Making your stories public will be useful for brands that want to be visible to everyone.

Invite people to add you on Snapchat

For anyone to add you on Snapchat, you have several options. Go to the main menu (swipe down on the main screen).

  • You can send your Snapcode ( a personal QR code in the shape of a ghost)
  • You can press “Add friends” then “Share username” to share your Snapchat nickname with other social media platforms
  • You can also send a link: snapchat.com/add/ nickname by replacing the nickname with your Snapchat nickname.

Take a selfie in your snapcode

You can customize your snapcode. On the main screen camera,

  • First tap on the ghost, then your snapcode.
  • Tap the circle at the bottom: Snapchat will take 5 selfies to customize your animated snapcode! You can share your snapcode with your friends by tapping on the dedicated icon at the top right.
  • To remove the selfie from the snapcode or make a new one, delete it and tap the icon in the top left.

Share a contact on Snapchat

It’s easy to send a Snapchat contact to another friend on Snapchat. Either in chat or on your friend’s list, long-press the name of the contact you want to share.

  • Then tap the small blue arrow to share the contact on Snapchat chat. Check the recipients of the contact, then click on the arrow at the bottom right.
  • Press the “Share” symbol on the top left of the contact card to share your friend’s Snapchat nickname via Social media platforms

2 impossible things on Snapchat

Change your nickname in Snapchat

On Snapchat, after registration, you must define a “username” for yourself. You must be very careful while Choosing a User name: Snapchat will indicate that it is not possible to change your nickname. Moreover, if you delete your Snapchat account, your old username will not be available. On the other hand, you can modify the name that your contacts can see: go to the application settings and modify your name (and not your nickname).

Be connected on your phone and tablet

Unfortunately, it’s almost impossible to be logged in on multiple devices or your phone and tablet simultaneously. Whenever you sign in on a new phone or tablet, you are signed out on the other device. The application has undoubtedly made this choice to limit the risks of hacking Snapchat.

Snapchat on a computer, Laptop

You must use the Android or IOS app to send and receive snaps. On Computer/Laptop, you can only manage your Snapchat account. You need to go to this address to log into your Snapchat account on your PC:  accounts.snapchat.com. By logging in with your account credentials, you will be able to:

  • Download your snapcode in the HD version
  • You can Download all your Snapchat data
  • Manage all the filters you have created (on-demand geofilters)
  • You can change your Snapchat password
  • Unblock your Snapchat account if it got suspended
  • Delete your Snapchat account

Download your Snapchat data

You can download your Snapchat data, at any time, bring back all the data that Snapchat associates with your account (information, history, etc.). Go to this link to download your Snapchat data:  accounts.snapchat.com/accounts/downloadmydata

How to delete your Snapchat account?

Finally, if you no longer want to use Snapchat. You can delete your Snapchat Account It’s very simple. Go to: accounts.snapchat.com/accounts/delete_account and enter your username and password. For 30 days, your account will be “deactivated” temporarily, your friends cant contact you. All snaps and chats will be deleted. If you don’t sign in to your account within 30 days, your Snapchat account will be permanently deleted. This process can’t be reversed.

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