Snapchat has new features including lenses, trohpies and some users can now buy extra replays.
Another Snapchat update has added new features so here’s how to use the new leses, unlock trophies and buy extra replays – yes, there are now in-app purchases.
How to use new Snapchat: New lenses
If you’ve updated your Snapchat app to the latest version (184.108.40.206 on 16 September) then you’ll have access to the new lenses. The app does warn that this is only available on ‘newer Android devices’ so our advice is to update and see if they’re there.
Open the latest version of the app and make sure your front facing-camera is active. Now long press the screen on your face to load the lenses. You can scroll horizontally through them and for most you’ll need to follow an instruction for it to work properly such as opening your mouth or raising your eyebrows.
Purchase extra replays (in-app purchases)
It only available for US Snapchatters for now, but now there’s an option to purchase extra replays if you just can’t bear to look at some snaps just once. Prices start at three replays for $0.99.
Snapchat said: “You can use a Replay on any Snap you receive, but you can only Replay any Snap once. They’re a little pricey — but time is money! ;)”
Swipe down from the main screen to bring up your personal Snapchat code and you’ll see a new trophy icon above it. Tap it and you’ll see what trophies you’ve managed to unlock – they’re basically achievements like you get on computer games.
At the time of writing there are 16 to unlock and we’ve only managed the first one (reaching a score of 500) so we better go send some more snaps. Tapping the locked ones simply displays question marks so you’ll have to work out how to unlock them.
How to skip a story or snap
If you’ve had multiple snaps from the same contact, or what to view someone’s story without it taking forever you can skip each photo or video whenever you’re ready. When you’re holding one finger on the screen to view a snap, simply tap anywhere else with another finger to skip to the next one.
How to video call in SnapChat
If you fancy chatting to a friend, swipe right on their name in your Snapchat inbox to begin. When you leave the chat screen, messages viewed by both you and your friend will be cleared.
The app will notify you if your friend is online when chatting, and if you’re both chatting at the same time you simple have to press and hold to share live video.
In similar fashion to Instagram, Snapchat has filters which you can add to your photos. However, they’re not switched on by default so here’s how to switch on filters in Snapchat.
Once you’ve taken a photo, simple swipe left or right and you’ll see a message which says ‘turn on filters’. Click the ‘I want filters’ button at the bottom of the screen. This will take you to the ‘additional services’ part of the settings menu where you can tick the filters box. Note that you’ll need to enable location to be able to switch them on and for some to work properly.
In the same ‘additional services’ settings (swipe left from main screen, hit cog wheel and select manage under additional services) you can switch on replay. Once you’ve switched it on, you can replay one snap every 24 hours.
Permission for others to replay your snaps is there by default and can’t be switched off.
Front facing flash
You’re probably using Snapchat to send selfies to other users but if you’re in the dark then it’s your rear camera which has a flash. Well you can now switch on front facing flash in the additional services menu.
This turns your screen white to provide some extra light for your photo when you take it. You can turn the front flash on and off in the top-left of the screen.
if you like adding captions to your snaps then switch on ‘special text’ in, you’ve guess it, the additional services menu. Now when you add a caption, there’s a ‘T’ at the top of the screen which you can tap to change the look.
Number of best friends
While you’re in the additional services menu, you can tweak how many friends appear in your best friends menu. Simply select it in the menu and choose how many you want it to be. There’s a maximum of seven – we’re not sure why.