Social Media Snapchat How to Update Snapchat Access to the latest features and enhancements by Elise Moreau Freelance Contributor Elise Moreau is a writer that has covered social media, texting, messaging, and streaming for Lifewire. Her work has appeared on Techvibes, SlashGear, Lifehack and others. our editorial process Facebook Twitter Elise Moreau Updated on October 23, 2020 reviewed by Jon Fisher Lifewire Tech Review Board Member Jonathan Fisher is a CompTIA certified technologist with more than 6 years' experience writing for publications like TechNorms and Help Desk Geek. our review board Article reviewed on Mar 16, 2020 Jon Fisher The Ultimate Guide to Snapchat The Ultimate Guide to Snapchat Introduction Snapchat Basics What Is a Snapchat Story? What Are Snapchat Scores? Find People Take Screenshots Use Snapchat Maps How to Update Snapchat Snappables: How to Play Snapchat Games Snapchat Tips for New Users How to Use Snapchat on PC Sending & Deleting Snaps Send Snapchat GIFs Add Clickable Links Include Music in Your Snaps Delete Stickers on Snapchat Unsave Messages on Snapchat Delete Conversations, Snaps & Stories Engaging With Other Users Use Snapcodes to Add Snapchat Friends Save Snapchat Videos Replay Photos and Videos on Snapchat Upload Saved Photos or Videos Start a Group Chat Open a Snap Without It Saying 'Opened' How to Mute a Story About Snapchat Filters Use Filters to Make Silly Faces Create a Snapchat Filter Apply a Snapchat Filter Make a Snapchat Geotag Create a Geofence in Snapchat Snapchat Account Management Delete a Snapchat Account Reset Your Password Change Your Snapchat Username Delete or Change Best Friends Is Snapchat Down? Contact Snapchat Customer Service Essential Snapchat Privacy Tips How to Know If Someone Blocked You Make a Story Private Block Someone on Snapchat Unblock Someone Essential Snapchat Privacy Tips Snapchat Tips & Tricks How to Get Snapchat Trophies Streaks on Snapchat Explained Use Snapchat's Group Video Chat What to Do About Third-Party Apps Snapchat Emoji Meanings Funny Ideas to Make Your Friends LOL Tweet Share Email The Snapchat team is continuously rolling out all sorts of fun and amazing new features that make the app more fun to use. If you want to be among the first to use these new features, you have to know how to update Snapchat on your device when a new app version becomes available. Both Android and iOS devices running the latest operating systems have automatic app updating built right into them so you don't have to worry about updating your apps manually. Despite this, some people choose to disable automatic updating and, even if they don't, apps are not always updated the very instant their new versions become available. Here's how to update your Snapchat app when a new version becomes available. These instructions apply to iOS and Android devices regardless of the Snapchat version. Updating the iOS App via the App Store Snapchat updates are available via the Apple App Store for iPhones and iPads and through Play Store for Android devices. Here's how to update the iOS app: Open the App Store app on your phone or tablet by tapping the app. Make sure you're connected to the internet. Use the Updates tab on the bottom to find the button to update Snapchat. If you don't see an Updates tab, tap on your profile icon. Tap UPDATE next to Snapchat to update the app. The Update label will turn into an animated progress circle. After a few seconds up to a few minutes (depending on your connection), you'll be able to open the new version of the app to start using it. Updating the Android App via Google Play The steps for updating Snapchat are a bit different on Android, but just as easy. Launch the Play Store app by tapping it. Tap the menu on the upper left-hand side of the app. Choose My apps & games from the list. From the UPDATES tab at the top, find Snapchat in the list of updates. If a Snapchat update is available, you can tap UPDATE to get it. That's all there really is to it—it's no different than updating any other app you have installed on your device. Snapchat is always releasing new features related to chatting, emoji, filters, lenses, stories and more that you won't want to miss. You can even Snapchat with Music Playing from Your Phone. Get Notified of the Latest Snapchat Updates Other than checking the App Store or Play Store regularly for updates, it can be a bit tricky knowing exactly when a new Snapchat version becomes available. Since there are lots of blogs out there that cover tech and news stories – including significant app updates – as soon as they become relevant, paying attention to these stories can help you find out when a new Snapchat update is available and what new changes you can expect from it. Set up a Google Alert for Snapchat One of the best ways to receive news stories about Snapchat updates almost as soon as they're reported and picked up by Google is to set up an alert with Google Alerts. You can use "snapchat update" as the term for your alert. To be notified as soon as any news of a Snapchat update hits, click Show options in your app to display a dropdown menu where you can set the How often option to As-it-happens. Create the alert, and you'll be notified by email as soon as Google picks up anything related to a Snapchat update. How to Use Google News to Build A Custom RSS Feed Use IFTTT Reminders to Get Snapchat Updates If you have an Android device, you can even take this a step further by using IFTTT to send you a text message anytime you receive a new email from Google Alerts. You can make a recipe that sends you an email if a Snapchat update is found on the App Store (for iPhone and iPad). This is the best way to check for updates using IFTTT. Play Store and Google Alerts aren't supported triggers, but chances are that an update on App Store will mean there's also an update on Play Store. In this case, you could set up the subject to be "snapchat update" or "google alerts." Although emails you receive through Google Alerts may be for stories from previous Snapchat updates, or possibly even future app update predictions, this is still a good way to stay in the know. Check Your Settings to Turn on New Features If you find that all your friends are sending you snaps with cool new features that you don't seem to have and you already updated your app to the latest version, you may want to go into your settings to check and see if anything needs to be turned on first. To access your settings, tap your profile icon on the upper left-hand side of Snapchat. Choose the gear icon in the top right corner and then tap Manage under the ADDITIONAL SERVICES label. You'll be able to configure your settings for filters, traveling, friend emoji and permissions. Want to try out new Snapchat features before they're officially released? Join Snapchat Beta.