How to Update Snapchat to the Latest App Version

Get access to the latest features and enhancements by updating your app

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.

Updating Snapchat

Snapchat updates are available via the iTunes App Store for iPhones and iPads and through Play Store for Android devices. The steps for updating Snapchat are a bit different for these two platforms.

Updating the iOS App via the iTunes App Store

  1. Open the App Store app on your phone or tablet by tapping the app. Make sure you're connected to the internet.

  2. Use the Updates tab on the bottom to find the button to update Snapchat.

  3. Tap UPDATE next to Snapchat to update the app.

    Three iOS screens showing App Store icon, Updates button and Update Snapchat button

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 the Google Play Store

  1. Launch the Play Store app by tapping it.

  2. Tap the menu on the upper left-hand side of the app.

  3. Choose My apps & games from the list.

  4. From the UPDATES tab at the top, find Snapchat in the list of updates.

  5. If a Snapchat update is available, you can tap UPDATE to get it.

    Three Snapchat for Android screens showing My Apps & games, Snapchat update in list, and Update button

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.

How to Be 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.

Google Alerts

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.

IFTTT Reminders

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. Here's an existing recipe that sends you a text message from an email with a particular subject.

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.

Don't Forget to 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.

Three Snapchat for Android screens showing Gear icon, Manage button and Additional Services page

You'll be able to configure your settings for filters, traveling, friend emoji and permissions. Happy snapping!

Want to try out new Snapchat features before they're officially released? Tap your profile/Bitmoji icon in the top left of the Snapchat app followed by the gear icon in the top right. Scroll down to your Account Actions and tap Join Snapchat Beta. Then follow the instructions for iOS or Android to find out how to join Snapchat's iOS or Android Beta program as a beta tester to help test out new and upcoming features.