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Snapchat is an iPhone and Android Photo & Video App, made by Snap, Inc.. Today, it has gone through many interations by the developers - Snap, Inc., with the latest current version being which was officially released on 2020-09-14. As a testament to the app's popularity or lack thereof, it has gathered a total of 525,505 Reviews on the Apple App Store alone, with an average user rating of 3.83912 out of a possible 5 stars.

How does it Work?

Snapchat is the most fun way to share the moment! SNAP •Snapchat opens right to the camera, so you can send a Snap in seconds! Just take a photo or video, add a caption, and send it to your best friends and family. Express yourself with Filters, Lenses, Bitmojis, and all kinds of fun effects. • Capturing and sending photos and videos is easy! Tap to take a photo, or press and hold for video. • New selfie Lenses and Filters are added every day. Change the way you look, dance with your 3D Bitmoji, and even play games with your face! • Create your own Filters to add to photos and videos — or try out Lenses made by our community! CHAT • Stay in touch with friends and groups with live messaging and Group Stories. • Video Chat with up to 16 friends at once. You can even use Filters and Lenses! • Express yourself with Friendmojis — exclusive Bitmojis made just for you and a friend. DISCOVER • Follow friends and watch their Stories to see their day unfold. • Keep up to date with exclusive Stories from top publishers and creators. • Watch breaking news, original Shows, and community Stories — made just for your phone. SNAP MAP • See where your friends are hanging out, if they’ve shared their location with you. • Share your location with your best friends, or go off the grid with Ghost Mode. • Watch live Stories from the community nearby, or across the world! MEMORIES • Look back on Snaps you’ve saved with free cloud storage. • Edit and send old moments to friends, or save them to your Camera Roll. • Create Stories from your favorite memories to share with friends and family. FRIENDSHIP PROFILE • Every friendship has its own special profile to see the moments you’ve saved together. • Discover new things you have in common with Charms. See how long you’ve been friends, your astrological compatibility, and more! • Friendship Profiles are just between you and a friend, so you can bond over what makes your friendship special. Happy Snapping! • • • Please note: Snapchatters can always capture or save your messages by taking a screenshot, using a camera, or otherwise. Be mindful of what you Snap!

Top Reviews

  • Good most of the time

    By ambvan
    I rarely have any issues but when I do they’re really annoying. Like if I save a chat, it will show I saved it 2 seconds later which is really annoying. Also if I spent a certain amount of time in my memories, the app will randomly close out, or it won’t respond to my actions (deleting memories or moving them to my eyes only). Also sometimes after watching everything in my subscriptions, the story’s don’t go away making me have to watch them again and sometimes after that it still says I haven’t watched them. Also sometimes streaks won’t show up making me think I lost the streak but then later it does show up. The only other issue I have is sometimes the app will completely glitch out showing notifications of people snapping me but nothing’s physically there when I open the app. Yet again these glitches happen rarely but based on all the other reviews I read, you should really fix them because they’re annoying and make it harder for me to use the app. Besides those things, I have nothing to complain about. I love the filters available, how easy it is to snap people, the fact that you can connect other apps to Snapchat, basically everything else is great and I wouldn’t change those things. Can’t wait to see what the app will have in the future and if y’all can fix those glitches🤞.

    By William Quintana
    Snapchat update ruined my story organization! Ok so a thing that I really like to do is save my stories to my memories (like everyone else) and I save every. Single. Story. And I have Snapchat automatically save my stories for me but I also manually save them because Snapchat doesn’t save stuff that you posted from your camera roll so I wanna make sure I have everything there. So I’ll have like 2 or 3 stories in my memories that are similar but not all the same. So I just combine all of them and they would organize themselves by post date and I can get rid of the duplicates and have it be a nice, organized story just like how I posted them. But now, I don’t know what happened, but I think an update ruined how my stories organize. Whenever I combine my stories so that I can organize it, they won’t organize themselves by post date anymore. They just add to the end so the memory is now all wonky and out of place and I’m very disappointed. I wanna be able to add stuff to my snap memories so whenever I look back at them, I can relive the whole day of when I posted those again. Please fix this Snapchat. It was completely fine before! At least make it to where you can individually move a snap to wherever in the memory you want it. What’s the point of adding things to a snap story memory if you aren’t able to put it wherever in the story you want it in so that the story is organized by when they were posted??
  • It’s Good but Very Stressful

    By Sierra Polibio
    I like the app but there are a lot of problems that come with the app. For instance nothing will load when I get a notification. I have to uninstall the app to get it to work but when I did all all my chats and snaps that were not open were all of a sudden opened. It made me very mad. I don’t understand why or how this happened. The app makes me stressed sometimes and I don’t like that. I depend on this app a lot to talk to my friends I don’t get to see very often. But having to uninstall the app or power off my phone every time the app doesn’t work is so uncalled for and I’m getting tired of it. I like how you can chat with people and take pictures but I dont like how my chats and snaps were suddenly opened it just doesn’t make since. I’ve had snapchat for 2 years now and this just recently started happening. I don’t understand why the app doesn’t just work when you get a notification 🙄. It’s very annoying when the app wont refresh or load. Sometimes I have to sit there for at least 2-4 hours waiting for a snap to load or for a chat to send. It’s not cool nor fun to have to do that. Snapchat should be a fun app for people to use to chat with friends or take pictures not something that stresses people out or makes them frustrated.
  • New Features?

    By cuwhdcclhjck
    I have had snapchat for almost a year, and there are quite a few features that I think should be added in a future update. I've seen some of these new feature ideas on TikTok. The first/most important feature that should be added is that we should be able to change our usernames.. as most people got Snapchat when they were younger and they are unable to change their usernames. Some of the other ideas include; unsending a snap... this would be useful if you were having a private conversation and accidentally sent something to the wrong person (idea from TikTok). The ability to screen-shot/-record something without it notifying the other person (idea from Snapchat). There should also be a way to make the drawing clear, this is good for doing snap bingos and other things. There should be a bigger variety of color filters on Snapchat (for after you take the photo). There should be an option for the timer to be for either 3 secs or 10 secs. There should be a way to blend the colors when you draw. Last but not least, there should be an eraser option when you use the drawing tool. I hope you consider adding these features into a future Snapchat update :) -me and many others
  • locked account for no reason

    By Cristina B ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
    So I’ve been using Snapchat for awhile now and I’ve had this account for awhile. I decided that I wanted to make a new account. So I make a new account and I had it for 3 and a half days and it got locked permanently. Since Snapchat doesn’t tell you specifically what made them permanent lock your account they tell you what might of been the reason. They say either your using third party thingy, sending spam, adding too many friends w/o a verified email or number, or they think someone is hacking into your account. And let me be the one to say that non of these things have happened to my account. So I just brush it off and make a new account a day later. So I’ve had it for one and a half days and everything was going good and I come back to snapchat with me logged out of my account. So I check and it’s locked. I was mad because I didn’t even have it for that long and it got locked again, but it was temporarily for whatever reason. So now it’s the end of the day and I’m talking to my friend in snapchat and my account gets logged out of. Turns out it got permanently locked AGAIN!!! And none of the reasons are the reason why this happened to my account. So I wanted to see if I could report the problem, but I couldn’t because you can’t report a issue directly which is annoying because now I don’t know what to do, but it’s a huge problem so please fix it.
  • Ads!

    By Readingfairy21
    Literally the stupidest possible thing to be complaining about, but here we go. While I definitely use Snapchat for communication, I also scroll through the snap stories a lot, and I find myself sucked into them very very often, but a re-occurring problem I’m having is with the ads I’m seeing while viewing these stories. First of all, they are way to frequent, and I see them almost every other snap which can be a bit annoying. Second, they are ridiculously repetitive and I quote a lot of the ads because I see them 10 times a day. Third, they are straight up repulsive. I see ads for this game where you pop this guys foot pimples and you scrap off his scabs and other disgusting things and it makes me want to hurl every time I see it. It needs to be changed immediately. I hate this ad and I will literally never play any game that advertises like that. It’s disgusting. Finally, a lot of the ads I see are clickbait. I get ads asking for viewers to click on the article and read through it, but the big ending isn’t even what was described in the title. It’s always random clickbaity ads that I see everywhere and they are starting to get annoying. That’s about all I have to say, and again, I know it’s kind of a stupid thing to complain about, I love Snapchat and use it a lot, but those are just a few preferences I have. Byeee!!!
  • Opinion on new update 👎🏽🤮

    By jehducfkdkdk123
    I am very unsatisfied with the new update and I’m pretty sure others can say the same. I’ve had Snapchat for over 4 years now, and this is the worst update by far, the format is completely different and way more complicated. We use to be able to open a message with sliding our finger across the person name, but now when we slide it bring us to snap maps, leaving us to tap the message instead of being able to slide. The benefits of sliding is if we are able to slide we are able to have a peak at the message before we fully open it, so if someone is bothering and you don’t want to respond, or you’re ghosting someone you were able to read their messages without them knowing. Because of this update people who has been using Snapchat for years has to get use to tapping instead of sliding. Also I preferred if snap maps didn’t have its own page, and it was like it was previously, where you can pinch your fingers on the camera to access snap maps. And the final problem is at the bottom there are 4 icons, as if it wasn’t clear before on the purpose of these things, it makes it looks very Androidy and unprofessional. I can also suggest you allowing us to change our usernames so we aren’t stuck with the stupid/immature ones we came up with as a kid. But besides that the app was perfect until the new update, which I didn’t even wanted, but my phone automatically updated it. PLZZ GO BACK TO THE PREVIOUS VERSION.
  • Great app and all but FIX THIS

    By Cakegirl300
    My Snapchat, along with many others, has suddenly started malfunctioning. I’ll send my streaks, and then it’ll say they sent, but then if I check later on, it says that only the streaks from the day before sent and makes it seem as though I haven’t sent or received anything, even though I know I have cause it said delivered before and it said I had 15 snaps, but then they all disappeared. And then when they all reappeared it wouldn’t let me open a few of them. It also deleted the videos off of my story from the day before. And it hasn’t been letting me view certain stories. Like I’ll try to few them, and it’ll just glitch me onto another story. This seems to only happen when it’s a video on the story. I tried restarting my phone, and I even tried logging out and back in on my Snapchat account, but after attempting this, it wouldn’t even let me back in the app. Like I would try to open it and it would just immediately crash. I talked to my friends and several of them are having the same issues as well. I even tried deleting the app and reinstalling it and now it’s taking forever to reinstall, like longer than usual. Idk what’s going on but PLEASE FIX IT SOON!
  • Somethings Very Wrong

    By IssaRaeSwag27
    I’ve been using this app for well over 6 years, and in that time I’ve had minimal problems with the app. However, as of recent within the last year (Say January 2019 to April 8th of 2020) this app has started to derail from it’s once great state. And as of recent meaning these past two MONTHS, my friends and I’s snapchats have been going to total crap. My friends snapchat “deleted itself,” wouldn’t allow her to login, wouldn’t allow from others phones to login to her account. And now, mine is doing the exact same. I changed the password, I’ve changed my connection back and fourth (Sorry TeamSnapchat no one has 3-4 wifis to choose from on a given day), the app wouldn’t even allow me to change my password through email it HAD to be done through SMS, which still didn’t change the fact that AFTER I CHANGED THE PASSWORD Snapchat would STILL NOT LET ME IN. With the constant pop up of, “Cannot Connection” or “Change Connection” one of the two but it had to do with a connection I had already changed SEVERAL TIMES, again I only have one wifi, and one cellular connection because I’m on a PHONE!! Snapchat Support doesn’t have a number to call, they don’t want to take any fall back, apparently this is a problem they can’t really help with. The worst part is I have no clue if someone is using my Snapchat, I have pictures dating back to forever ago on there, amazing memories, and thats my biggest problem. ITS, ALL, GONE.
  • No Help When Needed

    By hollyheathh
    My snapchat got hacked about a month ago, which i know isn’t entirely their fault. But i went through every step they told me too do and they still haven’t helped!! They keep saying my email isn’t the one associated with the account, which makes no sense because the only reason i knew someone was trying to hack me is because i got an email about it FROM SNAPCHAT! They have no customer service phone number so everytime i try to reach out i get the EXACT SAME MESSAGE. Even though i write in the help box that i keep getting the same message and keep asking them to contact me in a different way for more help and i repeatedly get told the same thing. So my private photos on snapchat are now being viewed by someone i don’t know and there is nothing i can do about it i can’t even deactivate the account. Very unpleased with the company. So many privacy issues and customer service issues that need fixed. I can prove that it’s my snapchat by just the phone number connected and the fact that I can’t even make a new account until I confirm that i want all the pictures saved to be deleted. I want to take legal action just because someone could steal my photos, phone number, email address! They can talk to people without me knowing and give my personal information all because this hasn’t been handled properly. If I could give them zero stars I would. BE SUPER CAREFUL DOWNLOADING THIS APP OR YOUR PRIVACY WILL BE BREACHED.

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