How to Zoom in on Snapchat

Get the picture or video you want with Snapchat's zoom feature

What to Know

  • To zoom in when taking a photo, use two fingers to slide apart and then take your picture.
  • After holding down the camera button to record a video, you can slide one finger up to zoom in and back out.

This article outlines how to zoom in on Snapchat on Android and iOS devices and how you can use this feature, including while taking photos and videos and when drawing on Snapchat.

How to Zoom While Taking a Photo

To zoom in while you're taking a photo on Snapchat, you'll need to use both hands and then take the photo.

  1. Make sure you're on the camera screen on Snapchat.

  2. Using two fingers, place them where you want to zoom in and then slide them apart to do so.

  3. Press the camera button to take your zoomed-in picture.

  4. To zoom back out, use two fingers to pinch the screen to the amount you want to be zoomed out.

    Pinching and Zooming in Snapchat.

How to Zoom While Taking a Video

Zooming in during a video on Snapchat is very easy. You can do it using just one hand while you are recording so that your video is seamless.

  1. Make sure you're on the camera screen on Snapchat.

  2. Take a video by holding down the record button.

  3. With the finger you have held down, you can slide it up to zoom in and back down to zoom out again.

An Alternative Way to Zoom During a Video

There is another way to zoom in while capturing a video.

  1. After you hold down the camera button to take a video, slide to the left to lock into video mode.You should see an icon of a lock appear and your timer will turn yellow.

    Some versions of Android may not show a timer.

  2. Now, you can use two fingers on your screen and slide them apart to zoom in, and pinch on the screen to zoom out.

    Zoom in when using video on Snapchat.

How to Zoom While Drawing on Snapchat

If you're making a drawing on one of your photos or videos and want to get detailed, zooming in on your artwork can help you with this. However, using the typical method to zoom in or out while drawing makes your pen larger or smaller. So here's how to zoom in while you draw on iOS.

  1. First, go to your Settings app.

  2. Tap on Accessibility.

  3. Tap on Zoom.

    The Zoom menu in iOS.
  4. At the top, toggle the Zoom option to on.

  5. Open Snapchat and take the photo or video you want.

  6. While you're drawing, you should be able to double-tap three fingers on your screen to zoom in or zoom back out.

    Turning on the Zoom feature in Accessibility on iOS.
  7. To zoom around the screen to the exact area you want, tap and hold three fingers to your screen and move them.

How to Use the Zoom Feature

There are many ways you can use the zoom on Snapchat. If you're taking a photo, you can easily crop out parts you might not want within the frame.

If you're taking a video, zooming in can emphasize whatever action your recording or what you're saying. Many also use it to add some comedic effect.

All in all, zooming is a helpful feature and is readily applicable to any photo or video you may take.

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