Mastering the Camera Snapchat’s camera works a little differently than the default Android or i OS camera app, so it’s worth walking through.
For instance, if you tap on the shutter button it will take a photo, but if you hold down on it, Snapchat will record video.
However you tweak it, once you take a photo or video, the app shows your work, and new options pop into the frame.
At the top right, you’ll see a sticker icon, which yields a bunch of emoji-like graphics you can use to gussy up your image. If you’re not in love with the default sans serif font in a gray bar across your photos, tap the text icon again, and you get more options.
Just as spoken words only hang in the air long enough for ears to hear them, these images last just long enough to be seen (or more accurately, for 24 hours) and then they disappear.
Navigating the app also works a little differently here.
And through some slick promotions, the app frequently cycles in new lenses to play with based on popular movies and shows.
If you shot a picture, a timer icon appears there instead, allowing you to set the duration that your photo will be on screen.
Snaps can only be up to 10 seconds long, whether it’s a video or a photo.
Hidden from plain view, you have to know how to access them to use them.
Take an image, then swipe left or right while on the camera screen and you’ll see a filter slide over across it.
To the 310 million monthly active Snapchat users, many of whom are in their teens and early 20s: Sorry, but old people are about to crash your party. And that is exactly why the app is exploding in use, even recently overtaking Twitter in terms of daily users.