How to Use Snapchat on PC

Take your convos off your smartphone and onto your computer

Snapchat is meant for mobile devices only, but many people have figured out how to use Snapchat on PC, too. Unfortunately, Snapchat seems to make it harder for users to access their accounts from anything but a compatible iOS or Android device.

The instructions in this article apply to using Snapchat on a Windows PC.

How Snapchat on a Computer Used to Work

The only way users could access Snapchat on a PC was by downloading an Android emulator. An Android emulator is a piece of software that mimics the platform so you can download and use mobile apps from the Google Play Store.

With this emulator installed on your computer, you could download the official Snapchat app. One of the most popular and widely used Android emulators is called BlueStacks.

On May 30, 2019, the BlueStacks support team posted the following message:

You may have experienced Snapchat crashes after you login and you are left on the BlueStacks home screen. This is an app-specific behavior unrelated to BlueStacks. The Snapchat development team seems to have banned the use of Snapchat on emulators.

Many Reddit threads also discuss issues with using Snapchat via Android emulators like BlueStacks. This isn't surprising, given that Snapchat has a long history of doing whatever it can to crack down on third-party apps trying to access it.

How to Use Snapchat on Your PC

Snapchat seems to be in the process of banning (or already has banned) use of the app via emulators, leaving no other alternative for successfully using it on PCs. You can try following these instructions anyway to see if it works for you, but you may still experience problems or may not be able to sign into your Snapchat account when you get to the login page.

  1. Navigate to bluestacks.com/download in your preferred web browser on your PC.

  2. Select Download BluStacks to download the BlueStacks installer.

    Some users have reported their Snapchat problems began popping up on more recent versions (BlueStacks 3 and 4). You may want to try downloading and installing an older version, such as BlueStacks 2, instead. Using an older version might not make any difference, however, given that Snapchat is actively banning use of emulators.

    A screenshot of BlueStacks.com.
  3. Double-click the .exe file that downloaded to your PC.

  4. An installation window will appear. Select the blue Install now and wait for the download and extraction to be complete.

    A screenshot of BlueStacks 4.
  5. Once complete, BlueStacks will open automatically. Double-click the Google Play Store app to open it.

    Open the Google Play Store
  6. Select Sign In and sign into your Google account by entering your email/phone number and password in the given fields.

    A screenshot of BluStacks.
  7. Once signed into your Google account, you'll go to the Google Play Store, which looks similar to how it would look on an Android device.

  8. In the search field at the top, type "snapchat" and either hit your Enter key or select the first snapchat option that appears in the drop-down menu.

    A screenshot of BlueStacks.
  9. The official Snapchat app should appear. Select Install to install it.

    Click the Install button to add Snapchat
  10. Once the installation is complete, select Open to open Snapchat.

    A screenshot of BlueStacks.
  11. Snapchat will open in a new tab within BlueStacks, looking similar to how it would on a mobile device. Select Log In to enter your Snapchat username (or email address) and password.

    Two screenshots of Bluestacks.

What to Do If You Can't Log In to SnapChat on PC

If you enter your login details correctly, you might still receive a message stating, "Oops, something went wrong. Please try again later." The problem isn't your account or your account details. It's likely Snapchat is preventing you from accessing your account because it has identified you're trying to sign in from an emulator.

Unfortunately, you can't do anything to solve this problem except contact Snapchat support to express your thoughts about why you think users should be able to use Snapchat via emulators like BlueStacks and others.