Snapchat Trends You Should Know About

Wondering about Snapchat? Here's everything you need to know

An image of the Snapchat app icon on a mobile device.
The Snapchat app icon on a mobile device.

Snapchat is an instant messaging and social networking app that has managed to really differentiate itself from other competing apps like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and others. It's one of the most popular apps that teens and young adults are using these days to tell their friends what they're up to and chat back and forth.

If you're not familiar with Snapchat, take a look through the following summaries and corresponding links to get a glimpse of how to jump in on some of the biggest Snapchat trends.

Getting Started With Snapchat

First, you're going to want the latest version of Snapchat to make sure you have all of the most up-to-date features. Once you've created your account, you're going to want to add some friends either manually or by scanning their snapcodes. If you love checking out stories, you'll probably want to add a few of the big brands on Snapchat too.

Now it's time to start chatting back and forth with your friends by snapping photos and videos or posting your photo and video snaps to your story. The more you snap with friends, the higher your Snapchat score will be!

Your Snapchat best friends are the friends you snap with the most, which might change over time according to who you snap and your snapping frequency. The more you snap with them, the more friend emojis and snap streaks you'll seen in your conversations tab.

Taking Advantage of the Best Snapchat Features

Once you start snapping, you won't want to stop! Don't forget to try out the selfie lenses to give your snaps some creative flare and try out some funny snap ideas to make your friends literally laugh and loud. Swiping right on the lenses will bring you to the Snappable games you can play with your friends!

Some lenses have music and sound effects built right into them, but you can take video snaps with music playing from your phone too. You can also swipe left or right on your snaps before you send them to apply fun filters.

Although Snapchat was designed for sharing photos and videos in the moment, you have the option to upload saved photos and videos to send as snaps and even save photo and video snaps before you send them thanks to a feature called Memories. And if you ever close a snap too quickly after viewing it, you can always instantly replay it to check it out one last time.

Want to get even more social on Snapchat? Try having a group video call with a bunch of your friends right through the app or use the snap map to show your location and see other public snaps and stories from other users nearby.

Maintaining Your Security and Privacy

It's important to ensure your security and privacy on a social app like Snapchat. For example, there are consequences for those who try to take screenshots of snaps they receive.

You might also regret a snap you recently sent, so in this case you'll probably want to know whether there's anything you can do to delete a snap that was already sent. You can also block users on Snapchat, unblock them and see if anyone has blocked you.

Unfortunately, Snapchat doesn't make it easy or possible at all to change your username for security reasons. You also can't use Snapchat with third-party apps anymore, even though this was possible in the past.

Trying Out a Few Snapchat Alternatives

Snapchat is great and all, but there are other apps out there with similar features. You might want to check out these five Snapchat alternatives with face-tracking filters to expand your usage of funny faces!